Plaintiff in God suit appeals to higher legal power
When I first read the RSS headline, "Plaintiff in God suit appeals to higher legal power," I wondered what the plaintiff's god costume looked like (Zeus? Yaweh? Kali?) and why they'd worn a deity costume to court.
As it turns out, the plaintiff in question is my hero Nebraska State Senator and civil rights crusader Ernie Chambers.
Chambers is suing God:
Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers (D - Omaha) filed suit against God Friday, asking a court to order the Almighty and his followers to stop making terrorist threats.
The suit (.pdf), filed in a Nebraska district court, contends that God, along with his followers of all persuasions, "has made and continues to make terroristic threats of grave harm to innumerable persons." Those threats are credible given God's history, Chambers' complaint says.
Chambers, in a fit of alliteration, also accuses God of causing "fearsome floods, egregious earthquakes, horrendous hurricanes, terrifying tornadoes, pestilential plagues, ferocious famines, devastating droughts, genocidal wars, birth defects, and the like."
Likewise the suit accuses God of having his chroniclers "disseminate in written form, said admissions, throughout the Earth in order to inspire fear, dread, anxiety, terror and uncertainty, in order to coerce obedience to Defendant's will." [Wired]
If you're going to sue God, how do you serve God with papers.
Last month a Douglas County judge rejected Chambers' argument that God's omnipresence and known attention to human affairs enabled a would-be litigant to serve God with lawsuit papers anywhere. Nebraska law says that service may be effected "by any manner reasonably calculated under the circumstances to provide the party with actual notice of the proceedings and an opportunity to be heard." I think Chambers sould have prevailed. The only logical counter-argument would be that Douglas County is God-forsaken.