Wingnut Pastor Demands Houston Mayor Step Down

Wingnut Pastor Demands Houston Mayor Step Down March 2, 2012

A huge megachurch pastor from Houston, Texas is demanding that the city’s mayor, who is lesbian, step down because she advocates for marriage equality. He says that since Texas law explicitly forbids same-sex marriage, she’s violating her oath by supporting its legalization.

The pastor of one of Houston’s megachurches is asking Mayor Annise Parker to resign if she will not cease promoting the legalization of same-sex marriage.

“Respectfully, if you cannot uphold the Texas constitution, then you should do the honorable thing and step down,” Pastor Steve Riggle of Grace Community Church wrote in an email to Parker on Friday.

In Riggle’s view, Parker is failing to uphold the state constitution, which includes a voter-approved amendment banning same-sex marriage, by advocating for equal marriage rights for gays and lesbians.

In January, Parker joined 77 of her colleagues at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C., in calling for legalization of same-sex marriage.

Her participation in the event, weeks after her swearing in for a second term in January, amounted to what Riggle described in the email as a “call for action regarding marriage that would violate the very constitution you were swearing to uphold.”

No, you moron, it would change the constitution she is swore to uphold. You know, just like politicians you undoubtedly support also advocate for changing the laws in numerous ways. Which makes you a liar and a hypocrite, which is hardly a surprise. Oh, and he’s upset about this too:

Riggle also wrote that he was “deeply disturbed” by a city memo that identified the mayor’s longtime domestic partner as the first lady of Houston “since you know that title has been given only to the wife or husband of the mayor in the appropriate gender language.”

I’ve got news for you, Mr. Riggle; you were deeply disturbed long before that happened.

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  • timberwoof

    Lawrence Kohlberg had some things to say about that sort of thing. Clearly this huge megachurch pastor (is he overweight?) doesn’t understand that in a democratic society, we make the rules.

    Of course, if she were to resign, then she’d have to resign for respecting an establishment of religion.

  • I’ve got news for you, Mr. Riggle; you were deeply disturbed long before that happened.

    heh… just wanted to repeat that.

  • Randomfactor

    Wonder what the benefit would be to the city’s tax rolls if that megachurch were to lose its tax-exempt status over advocating against a particular politician? Sounds win-win to me.

  • MikeMa

    Is the pastor advocating a political position? Using his pulpit to push for political change? Is his church giving up its 501(c)(3) status?

    Buffoons on pulpits. Usually good for a laugh. Always good for ridicule.

  • Homo Straminus

    Is this some new form of the cry of “activist judges!”? “Activist lawmakers!” One can only wonder when “activist citizen!” comes next.

  • MikeMa

    Randomfactor got in before me. Well done!

  • Someone glitterbomb this shitbag. And paint rainbows on his church in the middle of the night.

  • MikeMa

    Ms Daisy,

    I am all in favor of glitterbombing the bastard but the vandalism could mark his church, erroneously, as human friendly.

  • Tualha

    Unfortunately I doubt the IRS would take an interest in it in an election year.

  • Francisco Bacopa

    Another example of the contrasts between inside Loop-610 culture and outside Loop-610 culture. Seriously, going from outside 610 to inside is like crossing the Berlin wall into West Germany.

    What I found really disturbing about this article is that the Harris County Republicans are using Grace Community Church for their convention.

  • Johnny Vector

    Heh heh. His name is Riggle. That makes me giggle.

    Paging Cuttlefish! Digital Cuttlefish to the white courtesy keyboard!

  • jamessweet

    What a pathetic argument. By that logic, any lawmaker who ever proposed that a law be changed would have to step down. Um… anybody see a problem with that?

  • N. Nescio

    Ms. Daisy:

    Why is assault and vandalism an appropriate response?

  • MikeMa


    I don’t see that it being an election year has any effect. I’ve never heard of any major bust against this crap.

  • It ain’t just Houston that has a Texas mayor upsettin’ the torch and pitchfork crowd.

    This is from a story about an Orthodox Jewish HS basketball team that had to file a lawsuit to get a change from a night to day game so that they could get it in before the Sabbath begins.

    ““Legal concerns” brought about the schedule change,” said Burleson, adding: “I really don’t think our board was going to yield to the negativisms. They felt they had a reason, but in this particular case, they felt that it was in our best interest not to fight and delay the tournament.””

    Iow, we don’t really give a fuck what them jewboys think, but they’re all fuckin’ lawyers!!

    Nomen Nescio:

    The vandalism is inappropriate, I’m on the fence about the glitterbombing

  • Who Knows?

    What would be appropriate, remind Pastor Riggle that Mayor Annise Parker was elected Mayor twice by a majority of Houston’s citizens and just because women are not allowed opinions according to Paster Riggle, the majority of people believe women do have a right to their own opinions.

  • cptdoom

    Apparently Mr. Riggle doesn’t understand the difference between “not legally recognized” and “illegal.” The anti-gay hate amendment added to the Texas constitution simply refused legal recognition of same-sex relationships, like the Mayor’s. It did not make such relationships illegal, or the Mayor could be arrested (like the Lovings were in Virginia for being an interracial couple).

  • lordshipmayhem

    I’ve got news for you, Mr. Riggle; you were deeply disturbed long before that happened.

    Great, I just tried to exhale coffee. Now I’m in pain.

    Evidence supporting the hypothesis that “the truth hurts”.

  • d cwilson

    So, advocating changes in the Constitution now “failure to uphold the Constitution”? Does that mean every wingnut who wants to do away with the 14th amendment and the no religious tests to hold public office clause has to resign?

  • erichoug

    It’s funny but Ms. Parker has been in city government here in Houston for more than 20 years. She has always been a hard worker and a good administrator. One thing I like about Houston policits is it is mostly administrative with a with not as much of the culture war crap coming up. They don’t even put party affiliations on the ballot for city races.

    @Democommie: There is more to the story than just what you say. The issue was discussed with the school when they initially sought to join the league and they agreed that they did not have a problem with it. Nw that it has cropped up, they have a problem with it.

    Not real sure how I feel about this one. One the one hand, it really isn’t about anti-semitism but rather about something that was brought up with the Jewish Academy, discussed and agreed to. But then again, it seems a little rigid and inflexible. Then again, I suspect the championship game dates were published well in advance. So, hmmm.

  • erichoug:

    Only a group that was totally tonedeaf to public opinion would have dug in their heels the way the officials did–prior to being offered a lawsuit. I think it was the judge, not sure, who said that there was no game on Sunday, in deference to the christian sabbath.

  • greg white

    I was a member of this “church” back in the late 80’s. Even back then, Riggle and his cronies were more interested in creating income for his wealthy lifestyle than anything. When the church had less than 1000 members, he was driving a Porche and his wife had a $50,000 Mercedes. Their pastoral home was 5X over the normal homes in the area. I saw them turn away people who were dressed less than appropriately for their fancy church. Each Sunday was a parade of “Can you top this” with their fancy cars, fur coats, extravagant jewerly. I can only imagine what is going on with his “mega church” now. How many more lives will you ruin with your lies, Riggle? Have enough money yet?