Lawsuits Need Sponsors Like the Planet Needs Saving

Why not? NASCAR cars are covered with sponsor stickers. For a cool $15 mill or so you can take the place of honor on the car’s hood.

AIG is paying nearly that much per year so their logo can flit around the pitch on 11 shirts every time Manchester United plays.

It’s high time that lawsuits, bastions of American democracy that they are, also be beneficiaries of lucrative sponsor money.

For example, Erin Brockovich’s suit against Pacific Gas and Electric could have been brought to us by Maidenform or Wonderbra. At least that’s the direction the movie (starring Julia Roberts) seemed to steer us toward.

Photo credit:  © 2000 – Universal Pictures, Inc.

A group of Hurricane Katrina survivors are suing Shell, ExxonMobile, BP and Chevron, among others for emitting greenhouse gases and thus supposedly “helping fuel global warming” and “boosting” said hurricane.

The sponsor for this suit should be the “weather is not climate” crowd who seizes upon every opportunity to point out that a heat wave or a particularly devastating hurricane is the result of anthropogenic global warming.

Yet, when the East Coast experiences severe blizzards and record snowfall, their Orwellian chant, “Weather and climate are not the same thing, two legs bad!” can be heard emanating from the lofty spires of their world of make-believe.

A world replete with flowers and bells and leprechauns. And magic frogs with funny little hats who cavort with Al “the magical man” Gore from Happy Land who lives carbon neutrally in a gumdrop house on lollipop lane.

Can’t have it both ways, hopefully the judge overseeing the Katrina lawsuit recognizes that.

What’s next, Haitians suing the Copenhagen summit for their inaction causing the earthquake that ravaged their nation?

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Southern California Fires and Leviticus 19:15

You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor nor defer to the great, but you are to judge your neighbor fairly. — Leviticus 19:15

What is going on in SoCal right now I do not wish on anybody. Being forced to leave one’s home for any reason much less because of inexorable wildfires  cannot be a good experience regardless of income level.

Tragically, at least one person has been killed and scores have been injured. Not to mention the millions of dollars in damages but at times like these, this is relatively unimportant.

In perhaps our worst moments, we tend not to feel as bad for these evacuees (300,000 according to above story) as we did for the Hurricane Katrina evacuees. Foolishly we think, “Well at least Cali people have money and probably had their nice homes insured while the New Orleans’ folk truly lost everything and were not insured.”

Personally, I think this sinful attitude is based on the foolish notion that money is the salve that covers a multitude of maladies, including natural disasters. As Leviticus 19:15 points out, we “are to judge our neighbor fairly”.

Naturally, we tend to feel more compassion for the poor, especially when these are subject to disasters like Katrina. The compassion is good provided that it doesn’t deaden us to feel compassion towards evacuees who have more money. Compassion, in order to be just, has to be consistent, has to be fair.

May God forgive us for these unjust attitudes towards people of any income level.