Is America dead? The constitution appears to be? In Houston, Texas, pastor's sermon's are being subpoenaed.
The pastors face being fined and or imprisoned for speaking God's word as stated in the Bible when it comes to homosexuality. The City of Houston, Texas considers this a violation of their equal rights ordinance.
Houston's embattled equal rights ordinance took another legal turn this week when it surfaced that city attorneys, in an unusual step, subpoenaed sermons given by local pastors who oppose the law and are tied to the conservative Christian activists who have sued the city. This was done by order of Houston Mayor, Annise D. Parker, who has publically confirmed she is a lesbian.
Opponents of the equal rights ordinance are hoping to force a repeal referendum when they get their day in court in January, claiming City Attorney David Feldman wrongly determined they had not gathered enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.
City attorneys issued subpoenas last month as part of the case's discovery phase, seeking, among other communications, "all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO (Houston Equal Rights Ordinance), the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession."
The subpoenas were issued to pastors and religious leaders who have been vocal in opposing the ordinance: Dave Welch, Hernan Castano, Magda Hermida, Khanh Huynh and Steve Riggle. The Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal organization known for its role in defending same-sex marriage bans, filed a motion Monday on behalf of the pastors seeking to quash the subpoenas, and in a press announcement called it a "witch hunt."
Wouldn't discrimination of Christian Faith as protected under the first amendment supersede any illegal (unconstitutional) ordinance? When will people speak up?!