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-City of Houston Subpoenas Pastor’s Sermons on Homosexuality

by Dr. D ~ October 15th, 2014

      (Seal of City of Houston: Wikipedia)

In one of the greatest abuses of government power against religious liberty in memory, the City of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding that a number of local pastors turn over any of their sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity, or those that even mention the mayor. The ministers who refuse to comply are threatened with  being held in contempt of court.

Here’s the story from Fox News:

…The subpoenas are just the latest twist in an ongoing saga over the Houston’s new non-discrimination ordinance. The law, among other things, would allow men to use the ladies room and vice versa.  The city council approved the law in June.

The Houston Chronicle reported opponents of the ordinance launched a petition drive that generated more than 50,000 signatures – far more than the 17,269 needed to put a referendum on the ballot.

However, the city threw out the petition in August over alleged irregularities.

After opponents of the bathroom bill filed a lawsuit the city’s attorneys responded by issuing the subpoenas against the pastors.

The pastors were not part of the lawsuit. However, they were part of a coalition of some 400 Houston-area churches that opposed the ordinance. The churches represent a number of faith groups – from Southern Baptist to non-denominational.

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Response: This is a frightening development and another situation where homosexual and LGBT rights are attempting to trump religious liberty.

In this case, which we have posted on before, over 400 Houston pastors and churches are actively opposing a misnamed ‘non-discrimination’ ordinance which not only allows for transgender bathrooms use but also includes a hidden provision that would force all schools, businesses, and institutions, even religious ones, in the city to render their facilities and services to same–sex ceremonies regardless of religious beliefs or standards. It also could force religious schools and institutions to drop their policies which require Biblical standards of behavior for students and staff.

Here is what ADF (Alliance Defending Freedom) lawyers supporting the pastors have to say about this intrusive development:

“The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.” …

“Political and social commentary is not a crime. It is protected by the First Amendment.”

“City council members are supposed to be public servants, not ‘Big Brother’ overlords who will tolerate no dissent or challenge,” said ADF attorney Erik Stanley.  “This is designed to intimidate pastors.”

Recently I posted that churches and pastors would soon be required to literally choose where they stand when it comes to homosexuality. However I had thought that it would come from cultural pressure and not from a government lawsuit. If the mayor and the city council of Houston get away with this action then the First Amendment no longer means a thing. However, I do not expect these Houston autocrats to be successful.             *Top

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