10 November 2014

War Against Houston's Gay Mayor

Queer Mayor
If you think that the radical thinking and suppression of all forms of human rights espoused by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is an isolated case, you better think again. Another form of suppressive policy reminiscence of the Nazi crackdown in late 1930's to weed out the Jews and the physically challenge has started in the city of Houston.

A few days ago, Houston Mayor Annise Parker has has issued a broad subpoena demanding the city's pastors hand over copies of their sermons and communications concerning the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). You heard it right. The Mayor wants to read through the sermons made in privately-managed religious institution such as the Church. Freedom of speech and the right to be heard are being screened for any form of offensive words as defined by the Mayor herself.

Parker, the city's first openly gay mayor, demanded in the subpoenas that Houston pastors should turn in "all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to (Houston Equal Rights Ordinance), the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession."

It won't be long now before the people of Houston will also be required to submit a transcript of what their families are discussing over dinners or what stories they read to their children at night. Once the Mayor is allowed to get what she wants, she will most probably regulate what materials will be available to the public, including books in private schools and media commentaries.

Fortunately, the American people is not taking this insult sitting down and the people of Houston are mobilizing to make their opposition to attempts to suppressed their freedom to satisfy the whimsical behavior of those comprising a little less than 2 percent of the population. More importantly, the act alone shows the world how the lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) treat their constituents when they are elected into power or given enough authority.

The first counter-attack came from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee who is organizing the nation's pastors to send Bibles and copies of all of their sermons to Houston Mayor Annise Parker.

"I hope she gets thousands and thousands of sermons and Bibles," said Huckabee, who is an ordained Southern Baptist minister, on his Fox News show last 18 October 2014.

"It ought to make you mad that the mayor thinks she can turn in her pastors," the Republican said. "And so I got an idea. If she wants a sermon, here is my suggestion. I would like to ask every pastor in America, not only the ones in Houston, to send her your sermons and go ahead. Obviously she could use a few. And everybody watching the show ought to send her a Bible."

The second salvo came last 20 October 2014 when the Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal group that represents the pastors, said it filed a motion saying the sermons are constitutionally protected and the city did not have the right to demand them.

In pushing back against the subpoenas, the Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal group representing the pastors, issued a statement Monday saying it filed a motion saying that the sermons were constitutionally protected speech and the city had no right demanding them. The courts will be the venue for this second front, but the most important one is about to open soon.

Public opinion will definitely play a part in determining the future of the people in Houston. It is, therefore, timely that the first perception survey, courtesy of the Rasmussen Report, was released recently and showed overwhelming support to the City's religious leaders in the protracted battle with Mayor Parker.

So to the gay Mayor, the people of Houston has this to say, "Let's get it on!"