what can they possibly do with the sermons?The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the citys first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.
Political and social commentary is not a crime, Holcomb said. It is protected by the First Amendment.
The subpoenas are just the latest twist in an ongoing saga over the Houstons new non-discrimination ordinance. The law, among other things, would allow men to use the ladies room and vice versa. The city council approved the law in June.
The Houston Chronicle reported opponents of the ordinance launched a petition drive that generated more than 50,000 signatures far more than the 17,269 needed to put a referendum on the ballot.
City council members are supposed to be public servants, not Big Brother overlords who will tolerate no dissent or challenge, said ADF attorney Erik Stanley. This is designed to intimidate pastors.
Mayor Parker will not explain why she wants to inspect the sermons. I contacted City Hall for a comment and received a terse reply from the mayors director of communications.
We dont comment on litigation, said Janice Evans.