State Senator Ernie Chambers is suing God. He says it to prove a point about frivolous lawsuits.
The suit asks for a "permanent injunction ordering Defendant to cease certain harmful activities and the making of terroristic threats."
Chambers also cites that the, "defendant directly and proximately has caused, inter alia, fearsome floods, egregious earthquakes, horrendous hurricanes, terrifying tornadoes, pestilential plagues..."
In the lawsuit Chambers says he’s tried to contact God numerous times, “Plaintiff, despite reasonable efforts to effectuate personal service upon Defendant (“Come out, come out, wherever you are”) has been unable to do so.”
Chambers says he isn't suing God because he has any kind of beef with the deity. He says the suit is to fight possible laws restricting the filing of frivolous lawsuits.
Chambers said he decided to file this lawsuit after a suit was filed in early September in federal court against Lancaster County Judge Jeffre Cheuvront. He's the judge who was hearing a sexual assault case, where the woman wants to use the words "rape and victim" during her testimony.
Chambers asks for the court to grant him a summary judgment. He says as an alternative, he wants the judge to set a date for a hearing as “expeditiously” as possible and enter a permanent injunction enjoining God from engaging in the types of deleterious actions and the making of terroristic threats described in the lawsuit.
Chambers says senators periodically have offered bills prohibiting the filing of certain types of suits. He says his main objection is the constitution requires that the doors to the courthouse be open to all. Chambers said, "Thus anybody can file a lawsuit against anybody - even God."
But now God has replied.
God has responded to the lawsuit filed against Him in Nebraska. And He seems to have a sound legal strategy.
On Tuesday (9/18), a one-page document mysteriously turned up at the Douglas County Courthouse. It was marked "Special Appearance" and is signed at the bottom by God.
He says the lawsuit should be thrown out because He wasn't served a summons by a deputy. Defense attorneys agree that God has a good case.
The document says Chambers will pay for his lawsuit, but it's vague on what that means. In the meantime, no court date has been set to hear the lawsuit.
An office worker says "It was on the counter on legal filing yesterday and no one seemed to come in, they just kind of turned their back and there it was. So it could have been a miraculous situation."