Houston drops controversial pastor subpoenas
The mayor of Houston announced Wednesday that the city will withdraw subpoenas of sermons from five pastors who publicly opposed an ordinance banning discrimination against gay and transgender residents, The Houston Chronicle reports.
“I didn’t do this to satisfy them,” Mayor Annise Parker said in reference to critics of the subpoenas. “I did it because it was not serving Houston.” SOURCE
Houston is a prime example of what happens when you have a city that is led by far left Liberals, homosexuals, lesbians, anti-American enemies of the state and other assorted vermin. Yes, I know, I could have just said *Democrats* but I felt like fully expressing myself.
The Houstonians that elected Parker are getting exactly what they voted for; an ignorant leftist that thinks she is above the law of the land.
Example; Amendment I of the United States Constitution.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
If these Churches and Pastors are preaching against homosexuality they are NOT violating the civil rights of any person nor are they depriving anyone of their civil rights. These Pastors are merely preaching the Bible, and let’s face it, that’s what Pastors do, it’s their job, and a Pastor is expected to speak the truth and the Word as it is written.
There are a number of passages in the Bible that refer to homosexuality and the idea that it is a wrongful practice, here are a few in case you didn’t know.
Leviticus 18:22 – You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.
Leviticus 20:13 – If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 – Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
Jude 1:7 – Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.
I am not a religious scholar, I’m not a particularly religious person, regardless, I know right from wrong and what Mayor Parker tried to pull off was a forced submission to her way of thinking and a forcing of the Pastors to turn away from the word of the Bible.
The controversy has touched a nerve among religious conservatives around the country, many of them already anxious about the rapid spread of gay rights and what it might mean for faith groups that object. Religious groups, including some that support civil rights protections for gays, have protested the subpoenas as a violation of religious freedom.
Parker, in typical hypocritical Democratic fashion, claims to be protecting the rights of others (homosexuals) while in turn depriving others (religious leaders) of their right to speak out and address this issue from the pulpit of their own church.
Parker, who is gay, and other supporters said the measure is about offering protections at the local level against all forms of discrimination in housing, employment and services provided by private businesses such as hotels and restaurants.
“It is extremely important to me to protect our Equal Rights Ordinance from repeal, and it is extremely important to me to make sure that every Houstonian knows that their lives are valid and protected and acknowledged,” Parker said. “We are going to continue to vigorously defend our ordinance against repeal efforts.”
And that Mayor Parker is your right; defend your ordinance as you see fit, but remember this, when the people rise against you, and vote you and yours OUT of office, they too are simply exercising their rights and defending their beliefs in what is right and what is wrong.
The freedom enumerated in the Bill of Rights is a double-edged sword; it applies to all and favors none.