October 15, 2008

God Escapes Justice, Again!

I cannot believe that someone had the guts to do this:

LINCOLN — A judge has thrown out a Nebraska legislator’s lawsuit against God, saying the Almighty wasn’t properly served due to his unlisted home address. State Sen. Ernie Chambers filed the lawsuit last year seeking a permanent injunction against God.

I am not kidding, people. God was just sued for being a terrorist.  I have some comments that I would like to make under the cut, so feel free to look at my take on these events as they unfold.

Let’s begin where it always begins, with a couple of assumptions…

Here is the reason that the Court gave for throwing out the case:

On Tuesday, however, Douglas County District Court Judge Marlon Polk ruled that under state law a plaintiff must have access to the defendant for a lawsuit to move forward.

“Given that this court finds that there can never be service effectuated on the named defendant this action will be dismissed with prejudice,” Polk wrote.

Chambers, who graduated from law school but never took the bar exam, thinks he’s found a hole in the judge’s ruling.

“The court itself acknowledges the existence of God,” Chambers said Wednesday. “A consequence of that acknowledgment is a recognition of God’s omniscience.”

Therefore, Chambers said, “Since God knows everything, God has notice of this lawsuit.”

Chambers’ reasoning here is perfect.  If God really exists, and we acknowledge that this God has the property of Omniscience, then it would not matter whether or not God has an address.  And the idea that the Plaintiff here “does not have access to the defendant” goes in direct contrast with the idea that God can be anywhere at anytime, hears all of our thoughts, and knows our deepest darkest secrets (even when we’re in the shower!).

I’m not saying that suing God is a good idea.  I’m not saying it’s a bad idea either.  Actually, it’s an interesting idea. From the article:

He said God has made terroristic threats against the senator and his constituents in Omaha, inspired fear and caused “widespread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth’s inhabitants.”

Chambers has said he filed the lawsuit to make the point that everyone should have access to the courts regardless of whether they are rich or poor.

Well, you can’t argue there.  Although I don’t know exactly what God has said about Omaha, or what people have said that God said about Omaha, but you get the picture.  The problem is trying to get a non-human being to be bound by human law.  We don’t hold dogs to the same standard as people, the argument will go, therefore we can’t hold God to the same standard as humans.

The difficulty is that are we thereby holding an Omniscient, Omnipotent, and Omnibenevolent being to a LOWER standard than the one to which we hold ourselves?  It’s wrong when a man commits genocide, but not when God does it.  It’s wrong when a man unleashes a pestilence into a population, but not when God does it.  It’s wrong when a man tells another man to kill his son, but it’s not wrong when God does it.

I’m sure you can think of a lot of things.  Wouldn’t you think that such a great and powerful being would have higher standards of ethics?  Ah well, mystery for another day.

And isn’t it odd that today the Stock Market dropped again?  Oh yes.  God is displeased with our trying to sue him for terrorism.

Pray that God forgives us for our… suing…

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