Todd Starnes writes, “Five Christian pastors will no longer have to turn their sermons over to attorneys for the city of Houston. Instead, they will be forced to turn over their speeches related to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO).”
Isn’t a sermon a “speech”?
What are they actually looking for? Did the pastors misrepresent what the bathroom ordinance will do? So what if they did? Please tell me what political campaign has ever fairly represented the views of the opposition. What politician has ever been taken to court for misrepresenting his or her opponent in an election?
How many times has this type of request been made for other referendums that required a certain number of signatures on a petition to get it on the ballot? California’s Proposition 8 got on the ballot without subpoenas for pastors to turn over speeches, communiques, and sermons.
I thought Democrats were all about Democracy. What is Mayor Parker afraid of? She should welcome a vote on what the city council has proposed.
What’s really going on here?
Mayor Annise Parker said on Friday, “We don’t need to intrude on matters of faith to have equal rights in Houston, and it was never the intention of the city of Houston to intrude on any matters of faith or to get between a pastor and their parishioners.”
There’s an unstated qualification: “As long as Christians keep their mouths shut, stay out of politics, and stop ‘petitioning the government for a redress of grievances.’”
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