It took over a year, but a frivolous lawsuit brought forth by Christians with a reputation for frivolous lawsuits has been thrown out.
Remember June of 2020 in Washington, D.C. when the city painted the words “Black Lives Matter” on the street leading up to the front door of the White House? Mayor Muriel Bowser sanctioned the project last and also named that part of the street “Black Lives Matter Plaza.”
A couple of Christians sued her over it.
The plaintiffs included Pastor Rich Penkoski of the “Warriors for Christ DC Chapter” — last seen on this site suing his daughter’s school after she was sent home for wearing an anti-gay shirt — and attorney Chris Sevier.
Sevier may ring a bell because he’s known for his baseless lawsuits in the name of Christian bigotry.
In 2013, he sued Apple for making computers that let him access pornography. In 2016, he filed several lawsuits because he wanted to marry his computer — because if two gay men can get married, why not a man and a machine? (CHECKMATE, ATHEISTS!) And in 2017, he sued four Democratic members of Congress for having a rainbow flag outside their offices because they apparently established the religion of homosexuality.
There was also a third plaintiff, Tex Christopher, a lobbyist who was described in the lawsuit as “former bull rider.” So there you go.
The three men insisted Bowser’s actions established a new religion:
Defendant Bowser’s paramount objective was to convey to the Plaintiffs and all other taxpayers the Black Lives Matter cult, which is a denominational sect of the religion of Secular Humanism, is the favored religion of the city and the Nation and that another who disagrees with their gospel narrative is a second class citizen.
When you’re used to special treatment, basic human decency that doesn’t cater to your hate feels like oppression…
And, no surprise here, they wanted the courts to force Bowser to replace the “banner” (it’s not a banner, it’s a mural) with three banners saying “Blue Lives Matter” (for cops), “Green Lives Matter” (for the National Guard), and “All Lives Matter” (for ignorant white people… or, as they called it, to promote “a secular self-evident all inclusive truth claim”).
As for Black Lives Matter Plaza, they wanted that renamed, too, or else the plaintiffs wanted to rename a similar street with “Jesus is the answer Plaza.” Which doesn’t exactly roll off anyone’s tongue.
Maybe you thought this would get thrown out because #BlackLivesMatter isn’t a religion. BUT WAIT! The plaintiffs said they could list the religion’s beliefs, including the tenet that “Black lives do not matter to the Black Lives Matter cult unless a black person was killed by a white police officer in the line of duty.”
Oddly enough, the mailing address for all three men was in Nashville, Tennessee, even if they occasionally worked in Washington.
The lawsuit didn’t get anywhere in part because these guys had no legal standing to bring the case. But they argued that they did, which brings us to a ruling issued by a federal judge this week telling these men to go home. The entire ruling reads like a sane person trying to talk sense into madmen, calmly explaining to them why they’re completely full of shit.
… they each have filed motions for a permanent injunction and summary judgment to boot. But in the amended complaint and nine later briefs, Plaintiffs have still failed to show that they have viable legal claims.
As this Court emphasized last year, Plaintiffs’ cri de coeur over the Mural does not fall on deaf ears. The Court takes seriously passionate appeals for judicial intervention to stop discriminatory government conduct. But to succeed in federal court, Plaintiffs must have standing under the Constitution and assert viable legal claims that address legal wrongs. Despite multiple chances, Plaintiffs have failed to meet their burden on any claim.
Who saw that coming? Everyone. Every single person except the litigious Christians. They can appeal, but it’s going to be a giant waste of their time and money.