God Lawsuit Still Going

Dave in Texas first wrote about this case in September 2007 (here and here). Nebraska state senator Ernie Chambers sued God to prove a point about frivolous lawsuits. In Chambers’ opinion, “anyone can sue anybody, even God.”

His lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice for lack of proof of service. So Chambers appealed, arguing that if courts allow God to take notice of oaths to “tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God” surely He has notice of the lawsuit. (He also has a fairly decent claim that the case should have been dismissed without prejudice.)

It gets stranger. The appellate court has ordered Chambers to provide a statement of jurisdiction and to show that he had notified former Nebraska state senator John DeCamp, who has asked to represent God in the suit.

“If they want to go to court, we’re willing to take God’s side,” said DeCamp, who practices law in Lincoln. He said he legally registered “The Church of the Golden Rule” as an entity in Nebraska two decades ago, so he has religious experience.

The court has received several offers from people who would like to represent God. I’m not sure how they settled on DeCamp. Perhaps the delicious absurdity appealed to them.

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~ by Gabriel Malor on February 11, 2009.

One Response to “God Lawsuit Still Going”

  1. OT, but you haven’t updated with today’s posts and the Ace thread is probably long dead. As several people pointed out to you, the genetic thing is not an issue of curing a child’s disease. It’s an issue of creating a bunch of children and murdering the ones who aren’t up to snuff. (And yes, I oppose IVF.)

    And as for your inane remark that if you had to choose between Child A with a disease and Child B without one, you’d pick Child B? Congratulations, you just killed me, Dean Barnett, Mozart, and any number of other people who – despite your apparent opinion – do have something to contribute.

    So if you’re wondering why people got upset, you might consider that your audience includes people who would be victims of that sort of genetic selection, and who – oddly enough – do NOT think their families would be better off if they had never existed.

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