Houston’s First Lesbian Mayor DEMANDS to see ALL Sermons from Christian Pastors

Houston mayor, Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor, is conducting a litigious witch-hunt against religious leaders, issuing subpoenas that demand the sermons of pastors who may have spoken on the topic of homosexuality, gender identity, or Parker herself. Pastors who do not comply may be held in contempt of court.

The actions taken by Parker and her administration are a clear affront to freedom of speech, an assault on the concept of separation of church and state, and constitute one of the more alarming attempts to stop opposing political or cultural viewpoints in their tracks.

Via Fox News:

“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.”

ADF, a nationally-known law firm specializing in religious liberty cases, is representing five Houston pastors. They filed a motion in Harris County court to stop the subpoenas arguing they are “overbroad, unduly burdensome, harassing, and vexatious.”

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

The report also cites ADF attorney Erik Stanley who says “the city is rummaging for evidence to ‘out’ the pastors as anti-gay bigots.”

The controversy stems from an alleged “equal rights” ordinance passed by the city in May. The ordinance calls for a ban on discrimination amongst businesses. Two things however – one, religious institutions were exempted from the ordinance and two, speech does not amount to discrimination.

In addition, one tangential aspect of the ordinance allows transgendered individuals to file discrimination lawsuits if they are not granted access to a restroom. In other words, a man would have to be granted access to the women’s restroom if he claimed to be transgender.

Opponents of the ordinance filed petitions containing 50,000 signatures, well above the threshold of 17,269, which would call for a referendum being placed on the ballot. In true dictatorial fashion, Parker and the city announced that the petitions were not valid due to alleged irregularities. A convenient suppression of opposition.

In keeping with the dictatorial theme, Parker admitted that the entire debate on gender rights, and presumably the latest assault on First Amendment rights guaranteed to all Americans, is about her.

Via the Houston Chronicle:

In just five words, Mayor Annise Parker handed her increasingly vocal opponents exactly what they wanted in the battle against her proposed equal rights ordinance: “The debate is about me.”

That comment, part of a longer utterance at Houston City Council’s last meeting, at which the body delayed a decision on the ordinance to this Wednesday, was just what political and religious conservatives have accused Parker — the first openly lesbian mayor of a major American city — of doing for weeks: Pushing the ordinance to further her “gay agenda,” or to reward gay advocates for their political support.

Sorry Ms. Parker, the First Amendment, constitutional and religious freedoms, and the foundation for which America was built has never been about one man or one woman.  And it certainly isn’t changing for you and your ego.

Stanley told Fox News that “City council members are supposed to be public servants, not ‘Big Brother’ overlords who will tolerate no dissent or challenge.”

Parker and the Houston City Council need to be stopped in their tracks, or the whole of America will suffer for it.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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  • sigh....
    as I have said for YEARS...It takes people two to five years to come around to my way of thinking..
    1) dont give LGTB power...EVER. It is known what they do with it.
    2) doing so will result in them being killed anywhere they are found.
    ...and the last is inevitable.

  • This lady wouldn't know equal rights if they hit her in the face. The pastors have rights too.
    These liberals think equal rights means making everyone tow the liberal religion. It does not.

  • Dallas has the ebola virus while Houston has the eGAYla virus - and both can mess up Texas! Wanna know what virus I have? Google "USA - from Puritans to Impure-itans."

  • Pastors, you can elect Christians instead of the sick to rule over you. That's one job the founders did but today's pastors have been shirking. Pastors support JesusPAC (.) org or get off the pulpit and start a real church. JesusGospelChurch (.) com instead.

  • Maybe instead of "seeing" every sermon, she should to sit through them. She might actually end up learning something life-changing as a result.

  • Everyone should take note that the Democrat Party has become more and more of a 'totalitarian' group. The language many are using speaks of 'getting rid' of people who disagree with them on homosexuality, climate, social 'justice' as they push propaganda in political office, schools, taking control of your health, private property rights, resources and use, pushing the agenda against national sovereignty, weakening the military, working to silence faith and other distinctly anti-liberty abuses. The platform seeks to mandate what you eat, what you say and what you do, the personal protection of firearms, how you must live 'ecologically' along with various 'guilts' you should feel for perceived inequities and redistribution of wealth. Labels of racist, homophobe, hater, greedy, denier, creationist clown, moron - the spew is getting pretty deep, incendiary and loud. My personal take - you should love your neighbor but make them 'walk it back' when they 'forget' what individual liberty under law demands. Be consistent, well versed, confident and unyielding when it comes to holding your ground.

  • Why don't she try that at any mosque in Houston? Because she is scared that's why. She goes after Christians she thinks she can bully. This will likely screw any creditability she had as well as any agenda she supports, good or bad. Way to go mayor lesbo! You have secured your fate as mayor.

  • There is a darkness,an illness.. an evilness spreading across our nation...it's called liberalitis or Democratitiis.. with a pinch of socialistitis. These creatures... are nothing more the thugs.... This despicable mayor should have criminal charges brought against her.... malfeasance of office to start.... violating 1st amendment rights.. should be removed from office -- she doesn't deserve to job.... she has broken her oath of office as well. Get rid the creature. How about a good old fashion tar and feathering ? run her out on a rail......

    As the all Christians... it's time to step up to the plate... take a stand, get off your sofa's and do something for God. Put on the "Full Armor of God" and fight for the right to practice your faith as you believe not as some despicable creature wants. Our Constitution , the 1st Amendment states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; " this simply means 2 things.. first, our government can't make a law that establishes a national religion-- they have done a good job on this part...it's the 2nd part, that's not so good.... this means.. our government can't make any laws the prohibits the free exercise or practice one's faith freely.. clearly this mayor has violated this part of the 1st amendment. Time for Christians to stand up for our freedom and our rights.....

  • Others throughout history have also censored religious speech. They include Adolf Hitler, Vladamir Lenin, Josef Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, Fidel Castro, etc. You know those champions for good an righteousness in the world?

  • Well as long as these clergy members did nothing improper to violate the tax free status their churches enjoy as a generous gift from the American taxpayer, then they have nothing to worry about. From the IRS website:

    Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.

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