The aggressively progressive nature of government tends to invade and alter even the most basic of cultural norms and moral standards. From the ravenous greed for more money by the federal government and bureaucratic agencies like the Internal Revenue Service, to the state and city laws that change the way we live our day to day lives, the government continues to increase its involvement in every aspect of our existence.
In the past 10 years there has been a rapidly growing trend in local, state, and federal governments to pass bills and create laws revolving around tolerance and protection pandering to certain groups in society. Bills dealing with non-traditional gender identification and sexual orientation have started to take the spotlight and spark serious and important debate over religious freedoms.
On November 3, 2015, Houston, Texas voters will vote on a city ordinance that could potentially enforce a multitude of dramatic changes within the businesses of Houston. Dubbed HERO by the opposition, the LGBT “Equal Rights” Bathroom Ordinance is being brought up for a vote by Houston citizens. The ordinance is being pushed by openly lesbian Mayor Annise Parker and would involve several detrimental changes for the city.
This ordinance would give the city of Houston the power to criminalize behavior by businesses or individuals not affirming homosexual conduct or the actual or perceived “gender identity” of the people with whom they are in contact. Any complaints against individuals or businesses found to be in violation of the new ordinance would most likely be subject to criminal penalties.
5 Points to Consider
According to Texas Values, there are five key points that Houston citizens should consider when voting on this ordinance:
- The ordinance will allow men access to women’s bathrooms, shower rooms, and locker rooms (any “place of public accommodation”).
- The ordinance would force some employers and private business owners to violate their religious and moral convictions.
- The ordinance promotes government-backed discrimination by seeking to criminalize opposition towards homosexual and transgender behavior.
- The ordinance equates race with sexual conduct.
- The ordinance increases government interference in the private sector by mandating employment of homosexual and transgendered persons.
How does this involve families?
THSC firmly believes this city ordinance poses a huge threat to family rights for Houston area families. This ordinance undermines the very nature of family itself by rejecting the organic understanding of the differences between a man and a woman. Parents in Houston would be forced under this ordinance to allow their children to encounter indecent exposure, resulting in physical and psychological threats associated with allowing grown men and women to walk freely into each other’s public bathrooms.
- Parents in Texas would have to sacrifice the safety of their children every time they enter the public arena.
- The local government demonizes legitimate beliefs that parents have the right to teach their children according to their moral standards and religious beliefs.
By proposing and passing this ordinance, the government of the city of Houston is undermining the fundamental rights and the ability of parents to protect and educate their children.
What can you do?
- If you live in the city of Houston, vote against Proposition 1 on November 3. If you wish to vote early, the early voting starts on October 19.
- Join us in prayer for our state and for our nation. We must elect godly leaders and public servants to represent us in all levels of government.
- Tell local leaders that threats to our children’s safety will not be allowed in any city by sharing this post and getting the word out about this potential threat to families in Houston.
Join us today in the fight against threatening legislation in order to Keep Texas Families Free! THSC exists to fight for your rights and does that through active participation in policy and legislation in the state of Texas. Do you support the fight for our freedoms? Please consider a financial gift to further support the efforts.