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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ 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. 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."
"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 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.
On September 14, 2007, Sen. Chambers filed a lawsuit against God, seeking a permanent injunction ordering God to "cease certain harmful activities and the making of terroristic threats...of grave harm to innumerable persons, including constituents of Plaintiff who Plaintiff has the duty to represent". Sen. Chambers filed the lawsuit in response to another lawsuit filed in the state court that he considers to be frivolous and inappropriate. When the Broadway musical the Putnam County Spelling Bee was in Omaha, it mocked the lawsuit.
Two responses to the lawsuit were filed. The first was from a Corpus Christi lawyer, Eric Perkins, who wanted to answer the question "what would God say". The second was filed in Douglas County, Nebraska District Court. The source of the second response, claiming to be from "God", is unclear as no contact information was given.
On July 30, 2008, local media sources reported the Douglas County District Court was going to deny Chambers' lawsuit because Chambers had failed to notify the defendant. However, on August 1 Chambers was granted a court date of August 5 in in order to proceed with his lawsuit. "The scheduling hearing will give me a chance to lay out the facts that would justify the granting of the motion," Chambers was quoted as saying. He added, "Once the court enters the injunction, that's as much as I can do," he said. "That's as much as I would ask the court. I wouldn't expect them to enforce it."
Although the case may seem superfluous and even scandalous to others, Chambers has said his point is to focus on the question of whether certain lawsuits should be prohibited.
"Nobody should stand at the courthouse door to predetermine who has access to the courts," he said. "My point is that anyone can sue anyone else, even God."
Chambers, a political independent who has served in the Nebraska Legislature for 38 years, said he decided to make that point after at least two attempts by other senators in the Legislature to limit "frivolous lawsuits."
"I was able to fend them off," Chambers said. "A lawsuit is not frivolous until a court declares it so."
Originally posted by sputniksteve
Yes, Mr. Chambers is quite the character. If you are from our beloved state then you most likely detest him. He is a racist and a bigot, and loves to waste our tax money. Thanks Ernie!
Originally posted by Anonymous ATS
reply to post by sputniksteve
Actually, many people in Neb think Chambers is pretty awesome. How many years has been elected to the Unicam now? He's a scrapper that actually gives a damn about making government work...you gotta respect that, even if you don't like his political stances.
Originally posted by schrodingers dog
Well, it seems that God, like many other celebrities, is getting off on a technicality.
Chambers argued that if God is omnipotent then he is everywhere, thus he was properly served.
Though it would have been a big waste of money, I wish the judge would have let the lawsuit go to trial. It would have made for interesting arguments. Many of which we tackle on ATS on a regular basis.
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