The battle rages in the city of Houston over the issue of traditional marriage and the openly homosexual mayor’s attempt to use her office to promote the homosexual agenda.
This crusade reached a new level yesterday with reports that the city of Houston issued a subpoena to a group of pastors regarding their sermons on homosexuality, gender identity, or the city’s mayor. The pastors, who were part of a coalition of 400 churches opposing the homosexual ordinance the city sought to adopt, were threatened with contempt of court if they refused to comply.
This is nothing less than an attack on the First Amendment right of free speech and the religious liberty of these pastors. And it is a naked attempt to intimidate those who disagree with the redefinition of marriage and the radical homosexual agenda.
The leftists in this country pound away at the issue of tolerance. What we see taking place in Houston is a blatant example of intolerance in the name of tolerance. Of course, the real point of these actions is to prevent an open debate on these and other critical issues at stake in America. Their goal is not only to squelch the voices of those who disagree with them but also to make anyone who would dare to do so pay a price.
Dozens of Christians across the country are facing lawsuits and the loss of their businesses because they hold a traditional view of marriage and have declined to offer services for homosexuals’ weddings. So, is it tolerant to force people to support something that goes against their beliefs? The federal government has also filed suit against businesses, claiming that homosexuals are protected under civil rights laws.
This assault on freedom reminds me of the attack against THSC’s Woodlands Conference last year by atheist activists who opposed the teaching of creationism by Answers in Genesis’ Ken Ham. These protestors argued that parents should not have the right to teach their children creationism. They, too, showed a lack of tolerance by taking the position that parents don’t have the right to teach their own children if someone in government disagrees with the beliefs they are teaching. Sound familiar?
We live in dangerous times when many people believe that parental rights and freedom of speech and religion should be bestowed only on those with whom they agree. Not only is that intolerant, it could ultimately lead to much more than just a loss of free speech.
I’m glad to live in Texas (alongside Texans) and to see that my friends in Houston are not going to allow this injustice to take place without a vigorous battle. We stand with them in this fight for religious liberty and free speech in Houston. This challenge to our fundamental liberties won’t stop here.
This is also a sobering reminder of the importance of electing officials next month who will boldly oppose growing government overreach. THSC has endorsed candidates in the upcoming election who support traditional values and parental rights. Vote for them and take your stand for the protection of our freedom.