Mixed feelings

You may remember the story of Tory Bowen, the Nebraska woman who sued a Nebraska judge for violating her free speech rights when he refused to allow the words "rape" and "victim" to be used in a sexual assault trial. A Nebraska State Senator, in order to show, he claims, that anyone can file suit against anyone else, has filed a suit of his own.

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 terroristic 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."

Now normally, I'd be cheering on this kind of suit, and the timing is perfect, what with the faux-controversy over Kathy Griffin's Emmy acceptance speech, but I have to say I'm not so wild about this one, because of what it's responding to.

Look, I'm no lawyer, nor do I pretend to be, but what this suit is doing is denigrating Bowen, a woman who, no matter the merits of her case, stepped forward to make a charge of rape, never an easy thing to do, and then was humiliated by a judge who refused to allow the word (along with some others) to be used in the courtroom. If Senator Chambers wants to make his point, let him do it using some other example. There are thousands of truly frivolous lawsuits filed every day that wouldn't be hurt by this comparison. Leave Bowen out of it.

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