Houston mayor, Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor, is conducting a litigious witch-hunt against religious leaders and pastors. She issued issued chilling subpoenas which demand 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.
This is an outrage, which is why a Federal civil rights official recently slammed liberal Parker for her clear abuse of government power:
A member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in a letter Wednesday called Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s subpoena of church pastors “an abuse of government power” and urged the mayor to withdraw the court documents.
Commissioner Peter Kirsanow said that the subpoenas, even after being amended to remove a request for church sermons, still appear to be “a blatant attempt to punish these pastors for expressing their religiously based political views.”
“It punishes them by subjecting them to the stress of a subpoena (though they are not parties to the litigation), impairing their right to petition the government, forcing them to comply with a patently overbroad discovery request, and singling them out for opprobrium — thus chilling future religiously informed speech,” said Mr. Kirsanow, writing on behalf of himself and not the commission.
It is essential that the faith community gets involved. And one of America’s most well known Christian personalities, Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson has joined the fight for religious liberty.
On November 2nd (just before the 2014 elections!), there will be a religious rally at the Grace Community Church. Hosted by the Family Research Council and other traditional conservative groups, they just announced that Phil Robertson has confirmed his appearance!
Join Christians across America for I Stand Sunday on November 2, 2014. Hosted by Family Research Council and other partners, speakers from across the nation will gather at Grace Community Church in Houston, Texas to focus on the freedom to live out our faith free of government intrusion or monitoring. We will stand with pastors and churches in Houston, Texas who have been unduly intimidated by the city’s Mayor in demanding they hand over private church communication.
To learn more about the event, visit I Stand Sunday.com.
Also joining Phil will be former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Fox News contributor Todd Starnes.
By lending his name to this event, Phil is taking a bold stance for faith in the public arena. The liberal media already cannot stand Phil’s traditional worldview, so they will not be able to contain their anger as Phil is working so hard to influence people so close to a major midterm election.
Do you support Phil Robertson and his battle against secular government bureaucrats? Please leave us a comment and let us know what you think.