What is pathetic in this case is the literal use of words vs the intent of the code.
Right from the NEC
The authority having jurisdiction for enforcement of the Code has the responsibility for making interpretations of the rules,
A wise designer, installer, or AHJ will always start with a literal interpretation of each requirement. To move beyond the literal & undertand intent, seek help from other experts.
How many more soldiers, airmen, Marines and Navy personnel need to die in the shower in Iraq because of a lack of metallic water pipe bonding.
OK so you think you were right? Tell that to the families and be proud that your interpretation caused a death.
I am out of this one. My head hurts from pounding it against the wall.