Houston Officials Demand Oversight of Sermons: Criticism of the City Will Not be Tolerated!

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City council members in Houston, Texas have gone rogue, or is that rouge? The same city officials who are defending a whacked ordinance that allows men to use women’s restrooms (inviting trolling by sexual deviants and predators), are now demanding to see and have oversight over sermons preached by several area pastors.

Openly Gay Houston Mayor Annise Parker

Openly Gay Houston Mayor Annise Parker

From WND:

The Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a motion to quash the city’s demands to see the sermons. ADF argues the pastors are not party to the lawsuit, and the city’s strategy doesn’t meet the requirements of state law that requires such efforts “be reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence, not be overly broad, seek only information that is not privileged and relevant to the subject matter of the litigation, and not cause undue burden or harassment.”

ADF said city officials “are upset over a voter lawsuit filed after the city council rejected valid petitions to repeal a law that allows members of the opposite sex into each other’s restrooms.”

ADF attorneys say the city is “illegitimately demanding that the pastors, who are not party to the lawsuit, turn over their constitutionally protected sermons and other communications simply so the city can see if the pastors have ever opposed or criticized the city.”

“City council members are supposed to be public servants, not ‘Big Brother’ overlords who will tolerate no dissent or challenge,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley. “In this case, they have embarked upon a witch hunt, and we are asking the court to put a stop to it.”

ADF Litigation Counsel Christiana Holcomb said the city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is needless and unprecedented.

“The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions. Political and social commentary is not a crime; it is protected by the First Amendment,” she said.

Since the pastors are opposing this Constitutional travesty, they are being drowned in red tape and discovery requests. Critics have filed a lawsuit challenging the city, who they allege violated its own charter in its adoption of the Equal Rights Ordinance, which in May designated homosexuals and transgender persons as a protected class. Once again, morality is punished, deviance is rewarded, Constitutional rights are trampled and Big Brother wins the day. Justice redefined.

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