Tuesday, September 18, 2007

State senator sues God

He's suing God. Like a 12-year-old with nothing better to do that show how smart he is, Ernie Chambers is suing God.

I've been known to be a know-it-all. Like the time in grade school I intentionally switched the order of the last two planets on a quiz. I wanted to make a point that Pluto and Neptune's orbits cross, so Pluto's not always last. (That's when Pluto was still a planet, you whipper-snappers). Or the geography test where I correctly said the Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World) is in New Jersey. Look at a map. It's in Jersey waters. Once again, I made my point.

Now Ernie Chambers is doing it. And it's just as juvenile.

This is the same guy who once wanted to authorize capital punishment for Santa Claus, Martians, and for state senators named Ernie Chambers.

Did I mention he's not just a state senator, but the longest serving in Nebraska?

His amendments on the death penalty were there to make a point. He opposes the death penalty, and wanted to make a statement about what he felt was the arbitrary nature of who's sentenced to death.

Well he's at it again. This time he seeks a permanent injunction against God for floods and tornadoes.

His point isn't to take God to court. Just wanted to clear that up.

The national pundits who see the story on the internet will assume that's his beef. He's a liberal atheist who's sticking it to Christians. But that's not really the case. This isn't one of those "in God we trust" suits.

True, Ernie's never one to miss a chance to toss intellectual grenades at flocks of the faithful, hoping the ensuing shrapnel will pierce the fluffy pelts of the thin skinned. He loves nothing more than to see Conservative Christians get bent out of shape protesting him. So including God in his lawsuit is there only to bait Christians, who will in turn miss the point he's really trying to make.

At issue was a Nebraska judge who would not allow the words rape and victim to be used in a rape trial. So the victim sued.

Senator Chambers isn't against frivolous lawsuits. In fact, he pretty much supports the right to sue over almost anything. I tend to think that's his point here. He's ticked at his fellow lawmakers who tried to restrict so-called frivolous lawsuits.

He could have sued Santa Claus or Martians. But with term limits, his time in the spotlight is almost up. So what better than to sue God.

I'm sure the following isn't an original thought, but once in court, so help him, how will God swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?

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