City of Houston - Intimidation Tactics Against Churches
by Nelson Spear on October 17, 2014 at 8:54 AM
The Mayor of Houston has backed down on the subpoenas that she issued to five pastors for "all speeches, presentations, or sermons" on a variety of topics, including the mayor, and "gender identity."
Despite backing off of the issued subpoenas, the Houston Mayor and City Attorney still fail to admit the validity of our position which is that such tactics are a direct intimidation of our religious rights under the First Amendment. Such tactics also happen to be an infringement of our free speech rights under the first Amendment.
Please read this article because the fight is still not over. The original lawsuit filed by conservatives continues. The Mayor and City Attorney issued the subpoenas in defense of their decision to deny a ballot referendum that would rescind an earlier city council passed ordinance that allowed (among other things) transgender persons to use whichever bathroom that they wanted to. That referendum was denied placement on the ballot by the Mayor and City Attorney.
As a reminder, this is not the first time, we have seen such action. A year ago, the city of San Antonio passed a "non-discrimination ordinance" which on its' face prohibits discrimination against the lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender persons. However, in reality, the measure that was passed would prohibit business owners from refusing to perform services based on religious grounds. For example, it is now illegal in San Antonio for a small business owner from refusing to make a wedding cake for a same sex couple. See an article on that law by clicking here.
Keep praying and standing your ground!