The city of Houston issued a subpoena in a lawsuit asking for copies of internal church documents, including potentially sermons preached by ministers. That subpoena was clearly overly broad and the city quickly backed off and said that they would narrow its scope. But the Christian right is busy cranking up their persecution complex over it. The American Family Association:
OneNewsNow is reporting that Mayor Parker and the City of Houston, fighting a lawsuit related to the ordinance, is demanding that five pastors turn over sermon notes and private communications with church members.
Did you catch that? The mayor is demanding that sermon notes, emails, videos, and any negative comments about homosexuality or the mayor herself, be turned over to her. If the pastors refuse, the mayor has threatened to charge them with contempt of court and possible fines or jail time…
The mayor is using intimidation, threats and bully tactics in an attempt to silence anyone who will not embrace her lesbian lifestyle.Does the First Amendment mean nothing to Mayor Parker? Does religious freedom and freedom of speech mean nothing to Mayor Parker? Does the people’s petition process mean nothing to Mayor Parker?
Mind you, this action alert was sent out a day after the city backed down and withdrew the subpoena, which they of course do not mention. The Thomas More Law Center did the same thing. Pat Robertson said that she did this because of her “lesbian predilections.” What’s amusing about this, particularly with the AFA, is that their own director of issues analysis, Bryan Fischer, says that the First Amendment applies only to Congress, not to states or cities. Until it suddenly doesn’t.