Even if you are not living in Texas, it was hard to miss the news out of Houston this week where lawyers representing the city subpoenaed all the sermons preached by pastors against the ill-named Equal Rights Ordinance. In short, the ordinance states, among other things, that it is now okay for men to use women’s bathrooms and vice versa. The gay rights crowd claimed it as a major victory and the openly gay mayor of Houston, Annise Parker, claimed it was the most important thing she would ever do as mayor.
Just reflect on that opening paragraph for a few minutes and ask yourself – what world you are living in?
However, as hard as it is to believe, this is not the most concerning part of this story. After the ordinance passed, opponents to it had 30 days to acquire just over 17,000 signed petitions to appeal the decision. They collected 50,000 and the city of Houston responded by throwing out the petitions over “irregularities.” If you ask us, there are a lot of irregularities if you only needed 17,000 and collected 50,000.
In response to these shenanigans, the opponents to the bathroom ordinance filed a lawsuit against the city. Houston doubled down and subpoenaed all the sermons preached by pastors inside the 400 church coalition against the bathroom ordinance. In the subpoenas, pastors were asked to hand over all sermons that mentioned Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality and gender identity.
An often overlooked fact in this is that the churches and pastors were not part of the lawsuit against the city of Houston, yet the city and its lawyers felt compelled to intimidate them (because really, that’s all this is).
In the brave new world that we live in, it is apparent that while freedom of speech is promoted by the Left and tolerance is encouraged, there is a line in the sand: You may have your tolerance and your freedom of speech as long as you don’t disagree with them.
Which begs the questions-how tolerant are they and how much do they value freedom of speech, even when someone disagrees with them?
What is taking place in Houston right now is borderline fascism by the homosexual Left. After ramming a controversial ordinance through, the momentum and public opinion are now clearly against them. Instead of winning in the public arena, they are resorting to the thuggery of government intimidation as they breach the separation of church and state, a line the Founders clearly put in place so that the church may influence the state, but the state may not intimidate or crush the church.
Our hope is that the pastors in Houston follow in the footsteps of their ancestors and refuse to turn over their sermons with a simple statement:
“Come and take them.”
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