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An Arizona attorney, who is also a Phil Robertson super-fan, is filing a lawsuit against A&E for "chilling his right to hate homosexuals," according to TMZ. The lawsuit is in response to the "Duck Dynasty" star's recent suspension by A&E for making homophobic remarks during an interview.
The lawyer, Chris Sevier, is the suit behind the suit. But people are rolling their eyes (and chuckling) at his claims for good reason.
Right to Hate Gay People
Sevier is a fan of filing, shall we say, "quirky" lawsuits. He has sued nearly everyone under the litigious sun, including Bill O'Reilly, CBS, and Facebook. He also filed a lawsuit against Apple for his porn addiction...
This time around, Sevier put together a 91-paged complaint, quoting scriptures about the sins of homosexuality, saying "We live in a Christian nation 'Jack.'" So how does this tie in to A&E and "Duck Dynasty"? Well, Sevier is claiming that A&E's indefinite suspension of Phil Robertson is going to have a chilling effect on other churchgoers -- himself included -- when it comes to preaching what he believes is the word of God, reports TMZ.
Sevier also named President Obama in the suit, claiming Obama is in cahoots with A&E to "further a pro-gay agenda," according to TMZ. The best part about this case is definitely the pictures Sevier included in his complaint. It's unclear what legal purpose they serve, but they're pretty dang amusing.
At the end of the day, Sevier's claims will be tossed as a frivolous lawsuit because he states no cognizable legal claims. In addition, Robertson's suspension doesn't really impact him and he hasn't suffered an actual injury from the suspension. For those reasons, Sevier has no standing to file a lawsuit against A&E.
Alas, when you quote scriptures in lieu of legal precedent, the court will almost certainly toss your lawsuit as frivolous. That's what happened to one Oklahoma man who used Biblical references instead of statutes to make an argument in favor of polygamy.
Oh well. Sevier can always look forward to his next lawsuit...