This has got to be the absurd lawsuit of all absurd lawsuits. Regardless of whether you believe in God or not, I think we would all agree that you cannot sue him. I mean, where would you serve him? That didn’t stop Nebraska state senator Ernie Chambers in 2007. Senator Chambers’ lawsuit seeks to enjoin God from causing “widespread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth’s inhabitants.” I can’t believe this man found a lawyer willing to take such a case. There are so many reasons not to. The question of jurisdiction alone is enormous. I guess it would generate many, many billable hours. Here is some of the story from msnbc.com.
Nebraska state senator sues God
Injunction sought against Him for allegedly causing deaths, making
LINCOLN, Neb. – The defendant in a state senator’s lawsuit is accused of causing untold death and horror and threatening to cause more still. He can be sued in Douglas County, the legislator claims, because He’s everywhere.
State Sen. Ernie Chambers sued God last week. Angered by another lawsuit he considers frivolous, Chambers says he’s trying to make the point that anybody can file a lawsuit against anybody.
Chambers says in his lawsuit that God has made terrorist threats against the senator and his constituents, inspired fear and caused “widespread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth’s inhabitants.”
The Omaha senator, who skips morning prayers during the legislative session and often criticizes Christians, also says God has caused “fearsome floods … horrendous hurricanes, terrifying tornadoes.”
He’s seeking a permanent injunction against the Almighty.
On July 28, 2008 State Senator Chambers, appeared before Douglas County District Judge Marlon Polk in a scheduling hearing against God. In response to the question of serving notice to God, Chambers requested that the court acknowledge the presence of God in the courtroom so he wouldn’t be required to “serve notice” of the trial. The court had previously told Chambers the lawsuit would be thrown out if he was unable to serve notice to his Creator.
Chambers responded by arguing he attempted to contact God on multiple occasions and he should not be required to verify his existence when the U.S. government acknowledges him by printing “In God We Trust” on its currency.
A judge finally did throw out the case, saying the Almighty wasn’t properly served due to his unlisted home address. Chambers responded to the news by saying “the court itself acknowledges the existence of God. A consequence of that acknowledgment is a recognition of God’s omniscience. Since God knows everything, God has notice of this lawsuit.” On November 5, 2008, Chambers filed an appeal to the Nebraska Supreme Court. On February 25, 2008, the Nebraska Court of Appeals dismissed the appeal.
It amazes me that this case clogged the court system from April 2007 through February 2008. This case is not unprecedent, however, in 1971 a man tried to sue Satan and his staff. In the case of Mayo v. Satan and his staff, the plaintiff Gerald Mayo tried to sue Satan for causing him misery. The court struggled with the jurisdictional issues and then dismissed the case on a technicality. Way to side step the issue. I just love this stuff.
I wonder who would win in the ultimate lawsuit between God and Satan.
Thank You For Your Consideration,
The Graham Ten