A federal judge has refused an emergency request to restore a blogger's 2nd Amendment rights after a state judge in Arizona apparently agreed that the writer's online discussion about the "wages of sin is death" suggested a threat to the life of a reader.
The case developed for Mike Palmer, a a 55-year-old Christian missionary from Phoenix, when a reader, Melody Thomas-Morgan from Prescott, Ariz., complained that the online discussion was a threat to her life.
Her legal allegations alleged Palmer was threatening her with "death," with that word in quotes in the legal filings.
Palmer explained, "It is true that the blog, 'That Woman Jezebel,' talks about spiritual life and spiritual death. ... Spiritual 'death' as in 'The wages of sin is death.' (Romans 6:23) ... It is not true that the blog ever mentions the 'death' of Miss Thomas-Morgan."