The City of Houston has somewhat backed off of initial demands that key pastors in the city turn over sermons mentioning homosexuality but still are demanding any material that mentions the ‘transgender bathroom ordinance’ or the mayor.
Meanwhile the video above shows a poignant response from the author of ‘Bonheoffer.’ From the Blaze:
When Eric Metaxas, author of “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy,” first read about the Houston city government subpoenaing the sermons of five church pastors, he said he couldn’t believe it.“This has to be a joke,” he told Fox News on Sunday about his initial reaction. “This cannot be happening in America.”
But once Metaxas got deeper into the subject, he said he knew “a bold red line” had been crossed. “If there was ever a time to throw the tea into the harbor, this is it,” Metaxas told Fox News. …
“It’s a shocking thing,” he said of the similarities to what’s happening in Houston, adding that “everyone in America should be freaking out.”
“If we tolerate this kind of abrogation of religious freedom in this nation, all of our liberties will be unraveled,” Metaxas continued. “It is that serious. America needs to wake up. The church, especially, needs to know that this is a huge trampling of something that the Founders said was at the heart of all of our liberties.”
Response: This is one issue that cannot be allowed to quietly pass from the scene without proper response and adjudication. This is a story that we will continue to monitor and update including any important responses to the situation. I deemed the response of author Metaxas to be particularly important because of his insights and understanding of what the German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer went through in his refusal to bow down to the Nazi regime shortly before and during WWII.
The actions of Mayor Annise Parker in this case are fascistic to say the least and should not be allowed to be minimalized or excused away. Our freedoms are far too important to allow government functionaries of any level or type to trample on them in any way or form without a fight. Religious freedoms in this generation are particularly under risk since the American culture is becoming more secular and religion holds an increasing lessor place in the lives of many Americans. *Top