Sen. Ernie Chambers, I-Omaha, Neb.
A Nebraska state senator is moving forward with a controversial lawsuit against his maker, requesting “a permanent injunction ordering [God] to cease certain harmful activities and the making of terroristic threats.”
State Sen. Ernie Chambers, I-Omaha, appeared before Douglas County District Judge Marlon Polk in a scheduling hearing against God on July 28.
Chambers, an atheist, requested that the court acknowledge the presence of God in the courtroom so he wouldn’t be required to “serve notice” of the trial, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
The court had previously told Chambers the lawsuit would be thrown out if he was unable to serve notice to his Creator.
Chambers responded by arguing he attempted to contact God on multiple occasions and he should not be required to verify his existence when the U.S. government acknowledges him by printing “In God We Trust” on its currency.
The complaint drew widespread criticism when Chambers filed the lawsuit against God last year for creating “fearsome floods, egregious earthquakes, horrendous hurricanes, terrifying tornadoes, pestilential plagues, ferocious famines, devastating droughts, genocidal wars, birth defects and the like.”
Chambers also blames God for causing “calamitous catastrophes resulting in the wide-spread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth’s inhabitants including innocent babes, infants, children, the aged and infirm without mercy or distinction.”
According to the lawsuit, the Creator “has manifested neither compassion nor remorse, proclaiming that defendant will laugh” when disaster strikes.
Chamber began his grievance as a way to call attention to “frivolous” lawsuits after several senators authored bills barring them. He said the Constitution mandates open courthouse doors to everyone – even those who seek to sue the Almighty.
“This started out as an exercise in the workings of the judiciary,” he said. “My point and the crux of the matter is that everyone is entitled to their day in court. That’s the whole crux of the matter, and I think people get caught up in the religion end of it – but that’s not what this is about.”
While Chambers hopes the court will rule against God, he doesn’t expect any earth-shaking results from the decision.
“Once the court enters the injunction, that’s as much as I can do,” he told the World-Herald. “That’s as much as I would ask the court. I wouldn’t expect them to enforce it.”