Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sunday Food for Thought: God is Homeless

Ergo, the so-called Creator can't be sued:

A US judge has thrown out a case against God, ruling that because the defendant has no address, legal papers cannot be served.

The suit was launched by Nebraska state senator Ernie Chambers, who said he might appeal against the ruling.

He sought a permanent injunction to prevent the "death, destruction and terrorisation" caused by God.

Judge Marlon Polk said in his ruling that a plaintiff must have access to the defendant for a case to proceed.

"Given that this court finds that there can never be service effectuated on the named defendant this action will be dismissed with prejudice," Judge Polk wrote in his ruling.

Mr Chambers cannot refile the suit but may appeal.


The court, Mr Chambers said, had acknowledged the existence of God and "a consequence of that acknowledgement is a recognition of God's omniscience".

"Since God knows everything," he reasoned, "God has notice of this lawsuit."

Mr Chambers, a state senator for 38 years, said he filed the suit to make the point that "anyone can sue anyone else, even God".

What's interesting about this case is that if someone had decided to sue, let's say, the Flying Spaghetti Monster or Tinkerbell™, it's hard to imagine a court of law acknowledging their "existence" yet denying the case because neither could be served. No doubt those cases would have been laughed right out of the courtroom. But, somehow, this mass delusion that "God" exists without any proof whatsoever is enough for a judge to conclude that he/she/it exists - forcing him to come up with a legal justification for dismissing the case.

We live in an odd world.


More about Ernie Chambers here.

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