As I reported on earlier, Houston’s lesbian mayor Annise Parker and her city council have failed to uphold the law. The first failed by allowing her homosexual activities, second in the proposition of a ““They are not party plaintiffs, but they certainly appeared before council repeatedly regarding the ordinance and the petition,” Feldman told me.
The city attorney defended the decision to issue the subpoenas.
“This petition was organized at the churches,” he said. “That’s where the organizing drive took place. That’s where rallies were held. That’s where signing parties were held.”
However, many people believe the city should mind their own business when it comes to this issue. I’m actually one of them. These people were charged with upholding the law and they have clearly demonstrated that they have failed in that endeavor. So, why go after these pastors for any reason in the discovery process?
Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, told Starnes, “The government has absolutely no reason to bully congregations who are speaking out about what they believe. It’s none of the government’s business.”
What’s even more interesting is that apparently Mayor Parker pulled a Barack Obama when it came to the subpoena of the pastor’s communications and sermons. According to Attorney Feldman, Parker had nothing to do with the subpoenas and that she was never informed. However, when Starnes pressed him on when she became informed, Feldman said, “When you guys broke the story.” Doesn’t that sound just like Barack Obama’s statement, “I learned about it in the news”?
Moore said he couldn’t imagine anyone in City Hall that thought any of this was a good idea and called it “buffoonish” in its strategy.
Moore took time to write a blog post titled Houston, We have a Constitution on Tuesday stating:
The churches, and pastors, of Houston ought to respond to this sort of government order with the same kind of defiance the Apostle Paul showed the magistrates in Philippi. After an earthquake, sent by God, upturned the prison where Paul and Silas were held, Luke tells us that the officials sent the police to tell Paul and Silas they could go. Paul replied. “They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned men who are Roman citizens and have thrown us into prison; and do they now throw us out secretly. No! Let them come themselves and take us out” (Acts 16:37).
A government has no business using subpoena power to intimidate or bully the preaching and instruction of any church, any synagogue, any mosque, or any other place of worship. The pastors of Houston should tell the government that they will not trample over consciences, over the First Amendment and over God-given natural rights.
…the preaching of the church of God does not belong to Caesar, and we will not hand it over to him. Not now. Not ever.
Now that’s more like it! I like the fire of those statements! Let’s pray these pastors hold their ground against the wicked in power in Houston who are seeking to vet the righteous.
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