Defend Religious Freedom in Houston

Petition to: Houston Mayor Annise Parker

 

Defend Religious Freedom in Houston

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Defend Religious Freedom in Houston

Houston pastors are facing an unbelievable ultimatum: either turn over your sermons for government inspection or face legal charges of contempt of court.

The city’s first openly lesbian mayor, Annise Parker, has subpoenaed Houston pastors for all books, materials, speeches, and “all communications with members of your congregation” that mention homosexuality, gender identity, or Mayor Parker herself.

The subpoenas are related to the “Houston Equal Rights Ordinance” (HERO), which allows men to use women’s restrooms and vice-versa and stifles viewpoints contrary to homosexual behavior. Some 400 Houston-area churches opposed the ordinance and now the city is facing a lawsuit concerning. Even though the pastors were not part of an anti-HERO lawsuit, Mayor Parker decided to target and punish them for their dissent anyway.

Are we to understand that expressing concern for the well-being of society lies outside the domain of Church leaders…? 

Mayor Parker’s drastic overreach in government authority likewise threatens the very principles of religious liberty upon which this nation was founded. What’s more, her behavior mirrors that of the Bolsheviks in their ultimate suppression of religion in the ex-Soviet Union and its territories. Do we want that here? It has to start somehow.

1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, Bill of Rights (1791): “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

It should also be clarified: According to studies conducted by the Center for Disease Control [CDC], homosexual and bisexual men do not make up more than 2% of the American population (2010 study) (2013 study) and homosexual and bisexual women, even less. This is the reality of the matter, contrary to the massive amounts of disinformation circulating in the mainstream media.

Do the whims of a tiny minority over the issue of toilets warrant such an outrageous trampling upon of our most cherished rights as Americans? 

Lawyers for the pastors characterized the Houston Mayor’s Office demands as “both needless and unprecedented,” terming it “an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.” Mayor Parker fired off a defiant statement on Twitter, saying: “If the 5 pastors used pulpits for politics, their sermons are fair game.” Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott issued a blistering reply to Houston officials, telling them to rescind the illegitimate subpoenas. “Whether you intend it to be so or not, your action is a direct assault on the religious liberty guaranteed by the First Amendment,” Abbott told them. Houston pastors refuse to comply with this blatantly unconstitutional and illegal subpoena, telling reporters that they’re willing to risk fines, prison, or both to defend their religious liberty…and ours.

Can you believe the audacity in this persecution of Christian pastors in Houston? That’s why I need you to sign the petition to Mayor Annise Parker right now and demand that her attorneys withdraw their unconstitutional subpoenas.

Please sign the petition and we will send an e-mail message to Mayor Parker’s office demanding that they stop suppressing religious liberty in Houston.

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Petition to: Houston Mayor Annise Parker

I am deeply concerned about the subpoenas recently issued to several Houston pastors regarding the “Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.”

This overly broad and vindictive subpoena has a chilling effect on free speech and belief. Demanding to inspect the content of pastors’ speeches, including sermons, is a blatant abuse of authority and a dangerous assault on religious liberty guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. It also mirrors the behavior of those who created and imposed the murderous reign of totalitarianism in the ex-Soviet Union and its territories. Please do not embarrass the great city of Houston by making use of your publically held position in this manner.

I stand with the Houston pastors against this government overreach and imposition on religious freedom. 

Please instruct your attorneys to withdraw this offensive and unconstitutional subpoena at the earliest moment possible. I urge you to stop infringing on the deeply cherished right to religious freedom in Houston. It is an offense to the State of Texas and to our nation as a whole.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

Defend Religious Freedom in Houston

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