Houston Officials Discriminate Against Area Pastors 1st Amendment Rights
Stomping on the 1st Amendment, Houston Officials in TX issued subpoenas to a group of area pastors demanding they hand over any sermons dealing with the topics of homosexuality, gender, or Houston’s openly lesbian mayor, Annise Parker. Should they fail to do so, they could be held in contempt of court.
Since when does a city council have this kind of authority? If this is allowed to stand, just where is this different than Communist China or Saudi Arabia. Speaking in stead of the ACLU (American Communist Legal Union) is the Alliance Defending Freedom, a law firm dedicated to protecting religious liberties. A lawyer from ADF said, “The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented.” She went on to accuse the city council of “engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.” ADF has filed a motion to stop the subpoenas.
These aren’t the first Houston City Administration’s shots in the conflict. The trouble began with Houston’s new non-discrimination ordinance allowing men and women to use the same restrooms. Though a petition gathered 50,000 signatures in support of a referendum to abolish the law, the city threw it out for “irregularities” (the signatures didn’t suit them) inspiring opponents to file suit against the city, bringing us to this week’s events.
The city council’s intent appears clear – to wage war in the public eye, selecting specific sermons to paint their opponents as homophobic. This may well be unconstitutional when government is involved. Neither the mayor (who initially denied any knowledge of the subpoenas) nor the city council will comment on why they want the sermons so badly.
Christians have long worried about government cracking down on what can and can’t be said in a Christian church. Atheists, liberals, and Democrat operatives desire to remove any trace of Christianity from the land. Muslims, fine. Jews, sure. But Christians, to their eyes, are the enemy with religious tolerance only extending, at present, to minorities.
Even if not a Christian believer, we should be willing to stand up for the rights of Christians in this country. Regardless of what the left wants us to believe, this country was founded on Christian principles and no amount of liberal socialist progressive democrat brainwashing is going to change that fact. It was also founded on principles of religious freedom and rights to free expression. It’s increasingly clear liberals want control over how, when, and where those rights are exercised and who is allowed to comment about what.
1st Amendment PL Booth www.blueeyeview.blogspot.com 10/18/14
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