BREAKING: Houston Pastors Turn the Tables on Lesbian Mayor… She’s in Trouble Now
Earlier this year, the city of Houston, Texas pushed through an ordinance ostensibly aimed at combating anti-gay discrimination. In reality, the ordinance granted special rights to the LGBT community and discriminates against those with moral and religious objections, as well as real safety concerns.
The community responded with a strong petition drive, which was arbitrarily dismissed by the city, which then issued subpoenas to the area pastors behind the opposition.
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But this overreach and assault of personal and religious freedom by Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the city attorney were met with determined pushback by citizens, spurred on by the Texas Attorney General and national political pundits like Rush Limbaugh and Mike Huckabee.
Now the pastors are calling for citizens to rally at city hall to demand a vote on the controversial ordinance, as well as an investigation into the city’s dismissal of an apparently valid petition, along with intimidatingly subpoenaing pastors’ sermons, according to WND.
“There is a growing call for the attorney general of Texas to investigate this,” said Steve Riggle, senior pastor of Grace Community Church and one of the five ministers who received a subpoena.
“That [call] is going to get louder and louder,” he said, adding, “No one in America should be able to steal an election [by dismissing a valid petition].”
The Houston Area Pastors Council has scheduled a rally in front of city hall for Wednesday morning to send a message to the mayor and the city council and attorney.
“The ‘Houston 5′ as well as other pastoral leaders of the No UNequal Rights Coalition invite elected officials and all concerned citizens to gather and call on Mayor Annise Parker to abide by the law,” said the group’s statement.
“The message is let the people vote,” he said. “The petition signatures are valid. The city attorney has come up with a suggested set of qualifiers that are not in the Houston city charter, and so by all rights, this issue should have been on the ballot (Tuesday).”
At issue is the petition calling for a city-wide vote on the ordinance, which garnered 55,000 signatures, far more than the 17,000 required to trigger a vote. However, after counting only about 19,000 signatures, then invalidating nearly 3,000 signatures, while ignoring the rest, the petition was dismissed.
Hopefully, the pastors will see a solid turnout of concerned citizens at their rally, and the message will be received loud and clear by the Houston mayor and government.
While it is good that the subpoenas on the pastor’s sermons have now been withdrawn, it is time for the city to put the ordinance up for a city-wide vote and allow the people to have their say on the measure.
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