A man from Canton, Michigan has filed a lawsuit against two publishers because he finds works they have published offensive.
Bradley LaShawn Foster, the plaintiff, seeks sixty million dollars from Zondervan, and ten million dollars from Thomas Nelson Publishing.
Fowler, a blogger on the BarakObama.com website *, is an outspoken advocate for gay rights. The filings are related to the references in the Bible regarding the verses that deal with homosexuality that Mr. Fowler finds objectionable.
Fowler has filed in the Eastern District of Michigan (2:08-cv-12889-JAC-MKM,) against Zondervan., and (2:08-cv-12572-JAC-MKM) against Thomas Nelson Publishing.
Mr. Fowler has asked that the Court appoint counsel for him as he is currently acting in pro per in both the Zondervan and Thomas Nelson Publishing filings. Mr. Fowler requests counsel because he is unable to afford counsel as he claimed in a court filing to be destitute.
Mr. Fowler is not unfamiliar with the Court as he was prosecuted in that same Court for Identity Fraud and Bank Fraud, the last docket entry for case 2:03-mj-80112 being a warrant for the arrest of Mr. Fowler.
The motivation behind these suits is perplexing. The complaint against one defendant seeks relief because different versions of its Bibles contained or did not contain the word homosexual which apparently caused great distress for Fowler.
In the other filing Mr. Fowler somehow feels the publisher's use of the term homosexual was the proximate cause of the rejection of Fowler's petition to join the Detroit Grand Lodge of the Masons.
Is Fowler seeking attention? Is he simply deluded? Reading the filings will allow us to draw our own conclusions. The Court noted in an order that it is unclear exactly what the plaintiff is requesting and why.
* N.B. the blog posts have recently been removed and the original source material is no longer available. It is interesting to note that Google site search does not provide any results when bradleyfowler site:barakobama.com (nor bradleyfowler site:www.barakobama.com) is searched from the Google white bar, nor is there any current cache of barakobama.com at archive.org.