First Amendment Dumped. Sign a Petition – Get Arrested

The mayor of El Paso, Texas, is so upset with people who signed a petition that he wants them arrested. How dare these people express their constitutional rights in the United States of America where they are protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.

The Scottsdale, Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund, warned that hundreds of Christians and other El Paso citizens “are facing jail time for exercising their constitutionally protected right to speak out against Mayor John Cook’s policies.” The following is from Bob Unruh writing for WND:

The issue arose when voters in November 2010 placed on the ballot and passed an ordinance prohibiting unmarried domestic partner benefits in their city. Several members of the city council refused to follow the will of the vote, and voted to rescind the ordinance approved by voters. The mayor joined in the effort.

A number of citizens were outraged, so they started a grassroots campaign seeking to remove the mayor and city Reps. Susie Byrd and Steve Ortega who disregarded the will of the people. They did it by securing names for a recall petition. You can read about the recall effort in an article in the El Paso Times.

The vindictive Mayor John Cook “sued Tom Brown Ministries, Word of Life Church of El Paso, El Pasoans for Traditional Family Values and other local citizens who circulated recall petitions. He cited a Texas election law, arguing that it prohibits churches from circulating a petition.”

If there’s such a law on the books in Texas, it is blatantly unconstitutional. Consider the following from the Texas Constitution:

Art 1, sec 3a: EQUALITY UNDER THE LAW.  Equality under the law shall not be denied or abridged because of sex, race, color, creed, or national origin.  This amendment is self-operative.

If churches are prohibited from circulating a petition, then it is a violation of the above EQUALITY UNDER THE LAW provision since it refers to “creed” which is a reference to religion.

Section 6 deals with states in part: “No human authority ought, in any case whatever, to control or interfere with the rights of conscience in matters of religion. . .”

Consider what is stated in Section 8:

FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND PRESS; LIBEL.  Every person shall be at liberty to speak, write or publish his opinions on any subject, being responsible for the abuse of that privilege; and no law shall ever be passed curtailing the liberty of speech or of the press.

Consider what is stated in Section 27. Note the word “petition”:

RIGHT OF ASSEMBLY; PETITION FOR REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES. The citizens shall have the right, in a peaceable manner, to assemble together for their common good; and apply to those invested with the powers of government for redress of grievances or other purposes, by petition, address or remonstrance.

Notice that there are no restrictions on churches or religious organizations.

The following was added on November 8, 2005 in Section 32:

MARRIAGE. (a) Marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman.

(b)  This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage.

When people who signed the petition spoke up at a public hearing, Mayor Cook said the following:

“Thank you, your time is over. If you can’t remove yourself from the podium, I’ll have you removed. Yeah. You can take your freedom of speech outside.”

So much for freedom of speech in El Paso, Texas.

117 thoughts on “First Amendment Dumped. Sign a Petition – Get Arrested

  1. Looks like the mayor of ElPaso is an ardent fan of Obama. He thinks he too can change the rules with just a stroke of the pen. It don’t work that way mayor! The rules and laws apply to you too. When we real Americans have had enough of such radical acts, you and the bummer better head for the hills, because we’ll take more action than re-calls and elections if neccessary to rid the country of such idiocy.

  2. Somewhere we as a people decided we did not want to rule ourselves do we elected all these half-whited people to office. Now we want back our power and get upset with those half-whits when they refuse to give it back. The thing the politicians seem to forget is that people allow the government to exist not the other way around. The following is what our founding fathers laid down for us and the politicians should read the 
    The Declaration of Independence as follows:

    “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. ”
    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed”

    1. Amen, and God bless America were we the people not only have the rite, but also and perhaps above that the obligation to do so.

    2. Half whited people are like Obama
       a  half witted  response by a writer who can ‘t spell is another story

  3. Time for the Attorney General of the State of Texas to get involved along with the Texas Rangers.   Arrest the mayor and his thugs if of nothing else behaving like Obama in a free state.

    1. The Texas Rangers are…(ready for this?)…an out-growth of the KKK under the instruction of Edward Mandell House 1890 era.

      1. I don’t see anything about religion in the law mentioned. If religion is implied then so is homosexuality.

        “Art 1, sec 3a: EQUALITY UNDER THE LAW. 
        Equality under the law shall not be denied or abridged because of sex,
        race, color, creed, or national origin.  This amendment is

        If churches are prohibited from circulating a petition, then it is a
        violation of the above EQUALITY UNDER THE LAW provision since it refers
        to “creed” which is a reference to religion.”

      2. The Texas Rangers succeeded the KKK in law enforcement but with proper state sanctions.  And House had his hand up Democrat slime-ball Wilson’s hind-end making his lips move the way Soros has his hand up Obozo’s hind-end making his lips move.

      3.  And what was the KKK originally????   Nathan Bedford Forrest created it not to harass blacks but to protect property from carpet baggers.   When it went racial he left it and disowned it.  You might want to get a copy of a history book of what really happened before opening your pie hole.

        1. Doesn’t sound as if he had much love for Blacks: from his biography-

          In keeping with Confederate policy
          at that time, Forrest—by then a major general—ordered his troops to “take no
          more Negro prisoners” when they assaulted and captured Ft. Pillow. A
          Congressional investigation committee verified the slaughter of more than 300
          black men, women, and children within the fort.

        2.  Can you explain why there was mourning in the black community after his death and why his personal guard during the war were all black Confederate soldiers. Read real history books, not the garbage they teach in school textbooks.  A 20 year history school teacher. My integrated classes had great discussions concerning the war. One of my students even flies the Confederate battle flag, which he did BEFORE he was my student.

      4.  What a lying piece of buffalo droppings you are. Nice try at a smear and claim that has NOTHING, ZERO, ZILCH about this subject. Now back under your pile of dung where you belong.

      5.  The Texas Rangers existed many years before 1890. They existed before Texas was a state in Feb 1846.  Actually the first Texas Rangers came about in 1823 and were formed under the authority of Stephen F. Austin as empresario. Look up your history at

      6. Well, I’m not from Texas, but my research tells me the Texas Rangers were first formed in 1823 by Steven Austin.  They were “formally constituted in 1835.  After the ACW, the Rangers were replaced by the “Texas State Police,” a Union formation that was never very reliable.  The Rangers were re-commissioned in 1873, after the election of Gov. Richard Coke.  

      7.  I’m a 7th generation Texan. Please learn your history. The Texas Rangers were formed in 1823 under the authority of Stephan F. Austin. This was before the Republic of Texas in 1835 and before the State of Texas in 1846. Check out for the official site of the Texas Rangers.

      8. The Texas Rangers were also a part of the Department of the Treasury.  I do not think the KKK came into all this. Where do you think the “revenuers” got their start? Read up on the beginnings of the Texas Rangers and the Department of the Treasury. They were also out defending the west from the Comanches.  Read up on the history of the Texas Rangers….those really WERE the guys who wore white hats!!!  They still do today.

  4. WHEN are you sheeple going to speak out and just say, NO????  
    DO NOT ALLOW your rights to be violated, by ANYONE????

  5. Perhaps removal from office by force???   What will it take for citizens to take matters into their own hands?  This is an outrage – – but the question is, how much of this will people tolerate?

  6. I lived in El Paso back in the late eighties, nice city then. Seems like it’s been taken over by Mayor Stalin today. When is the will of the people and the Constitution deemed illegal? Again, how can real Americans with a since of patriotism and fairness going to stand up to these people. This country is being torn apart by these mental midgets of the left.

  7. Liberals do not think the constitution is binding.  they think they can create laws and ignore the will of the people.  If the Democrat Party, which is truly the Socialist/Communist Party, continues their attack on the constitution, said 2nd amendment could come into play.

    1. What people?  Do we really have any rights anymore?  Between the do nothing Congress, the tyranical administration and the oligarchy judicial branch, how do we address these rights?  If we arm ourselves, Obummer will call the National Guard and they would fire against the American people.  If we get to vote, it will be a fraudulent election where Obama will more than likely get re-elected.    Everyone is always saying, we have to do something to get rid of Obama and get our rights restored; pray tell what?  If anyone has real solutions, let us know.

      1.  the guard killing americans.  I don’t think he realy has a clue.  The officers will but the enlisted swine won’t.  Officers only want promotions.  They kiss ass very well.  (retired MSG special forces)

        1. Sure hope you’re right about that Master Sgt, but lately thew ay things are topsy-turvy, nothing is assured anymore as to what happens.  Sad times for our great Republic.

        2. Look up a YouTube of the Milgram Experiment (if it hasn’t been taken down)
          and then you will have more fear.

          Think of the Tiananmen Square red colored tank tracks.

          The National Guard is suposed to be the Militia as in Article 1, Section 8,
          Clause 15 of the Constitution. They are suposed to be officered by the States.
          Can one states Militia be transported to another state to help with a problem
          there (as happened in Tiananmen Square when the rulers lost confidence in the
          local People’s Army and had soldiers from far away come and drive the

          It is not the Army that is to put down insurrections (as described by some
          future tyrant acting under color of law). The Army is never to cross that

          Phone your National Guard recruiting office and ask if they have the guts to
          not obey unlawful orders? Not attack citizens trying to defend the Constitution
          from a future tyrant acting under color of law?

      2. ok i agree with you,we the people are with you,were do we meet and when,talking and blogging is good to a point,now as you said lets do something,lets make a legal plan and excute said plan,a journey starts with a first step,lets we the people take that first step,a legal peaceful march/protest..ok time to bring back sanity to these do nothing,useless,corrupt,all in bed politicians.ask yourself,have any of these treasonous traders done anything for we the people.answer no.if we the people are the real government,then its time.god bless all american veterans and all american citizens

  8. The question is whether or not history is doomed to repeat itself. Back when the Founders of this great nation sought redress to their grievances, they had to send a letter or even travel to England. Generally, they were treated with utter disdain and sent on their way. Sound familiar? The American people are a peaceful and patient lot but they will be heard and they will not bend to the will of tyrants. I do not pray often enough but, when I do, I pray that politicos such as those in this article are cast aside for patriots before Americans reach the point of no return. I pray that the second American Revolution is fought at the ballot box, rather than at places like Valley Forge and Bunker Hill. The arrogance displayed by those who were elected to serve has worn down the tolerance of a fine people, the American people. Only those who would trod on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights should have grave concern. The Americans are coming, the Americans are coming………….

    1. My family dates back to 1814 in Texas.  I hope the good people of El Paso have KEPT THEIR SENSES and will boot these people who would be dictators out on the street as quickly as possible.  I LOVE this state and this country and deeply RESENT what some people are trying to do to them.  GOD BLESS AMERICA! and GOD BLESS TEXAS! 

    2. I think we have come to the time of prophetcy , that we are at the  degenerate point of our stand with  GOD that we will call good bad and bad good. Surely, in this case this is the absolute case, where Christian are signing a petition against one of the evil that is mentioned in HIS WORD.

    3. Should we lose our freedom and liberties to people like Obama, Nancy, Hillary, Reid, the liberal
      mews media and the democRATS it will be a travesty upon this nation.  Freedom once lost can
      only be restored by bloodshed, like it was during the American Revolutionary War.  This is why this election is so very important to in order to give Obama and his allies a boot out of office and not allow them back in ever.

  9. The will of the people has never been in as much danger as today… when activist judges, blatant disregard for the cont stitution, and politically correct arrogance deprives the people of their established freedoms and rights that are the bedrock of a secure and thriving republic.

  10. Comrade Mayor Cook really needs to review his 6th Grade Civics text – whic he failed to turn back in at the end of his school year.

  11. They should tar and feather  the mayor and the council members that support him and run them out of town on a rail!

  12. We may as well forget about the Constitution and our freedoms. Our freedoms are leaving one by one and those in Washington don’t pay any attention to the Constitution. As a matter of fact, the dummicrats say the Constitution needs to be over, to reflect their liberal ideas no doubt. Hang on if obummer gets back in the WH for another 4 years. He even said he needs 5 years. I don’t get it.

  13. Sounds like a page straight out of the Obama playbook to me – freedom of speech only applies when you agree with the liberals/socialists/communists!

  14. jong makes a good comment, I was going to say we have another Obama on our hands in Texas. Well, impeachment proceedings have begun for Obama, the citizens of this Texas town don’t need that much. A recall is for a very good reason, this major proved the reason to be valid with his proceeding actions to jail all those in opposition to his will. When will these people learn that we do not work for them, they work for us. What’s the whole point to voting for anyone if the person voted upon is going to throw under the bus everyone who voted for him. I mean how stupid is that? You gotta be on some kind of drug to do what this Mayor did.

  15. Wait, Obama campaign workers, public union thugs and other leftists can sign recall petitions in Ohio to recall its duly elected governor but El Paso citizens can’t sign recall petitions for a mayor and city council members who ignored the will of the people?

    Liberal double standard deja vu all over again.

  16. After going against the will of the people they think they should stay in office?   This is what happens when the republicans do not show up at the voting booths during an eloection   Democrats get elected,   in too great of numbers

  17. Obviously this Mayor is an AZ* H*LE, but he IS CORRECT about one thing.  Churches, in order to maintain their “tax exempt” status, CANNOT enter into anything political.  Their is absolutely nothing wrong with members of a particular church (or creed)  to circulate petitions for a political position, but THE CHURCH itself cannot be the driving force to circulate those same petitions.  It must be individuals, who just might happen to attend the same church, but not the church itself.  But, for instance churches can defend the tenets of their faith, such as the attack by Obama, trying to force churches, who have beliefs contrary to Obama’s, and the government forcing those churches, and their organizations, (hospitals, schools, etc) to pay for contraception and abortion services contrary to their faith.  The most outrageous part of the “Obama lie” about this contraception mandate, is the democrats are “covering” this attack on religion, with a smoke screen, calling it an attack on “womens health”.  That is a big load of “El Toro Poo poo”.  Typical for the “liar in chief” in the White House!

  18. The liberals are desperate to destroy and tear apart our Constitution.  They will stop at nothing in their vicious endeavor to push their agenda onto everyone in this country.  This is where we as Christians and conservatives need to start standing up and fight back and be bold and stop turning the other cheek or being apathetic.   I believe Obama said recently that the Constitution was in his way and was keeping him from accomplishing what he wants to do.  Well so sorry!

  19. Time for that mayor and his allies to be arrested for violating their oath of office and kicked out of office and barred from holding any elected office for the next 1000 years after serving their term in jail.

  20. I’ve said many times to anyone who would listen. The only country that benefits from the problems that America faces is the country that started these problems in the first place. The Soviet Union (yes Virginia, it still exists) has been feeding the world it’s Communist (yes, again) propaganda since the end of the WWII. To destroy a country it becomes necessary to topple it’s structure from within. Religion is one of them. A government dedicated to All Americans is another. The USSR was aiming for total destruction by the turn of the century. Sorry, Komrads, your timetable is going to get screwed up. Americans will not be governed by any foreign power,  regardless of how they subvert our Constitution or disguise their methods. We’re just too damn independent to allow that to happen. King George III tried it. Look what happened to him. Fight back, America, unless you want it called “AMERIKA”. GBA!!! 

  21. How can a mayor just ignore something that has undergone popular vote, and substitute his own will?  How can he ignore a recall petition and even suggest arresting people who sugned the petition?  Isn’t this a direct violation of our Constitution?  Wait, isn’t Obama doing essentially the same thing almost every day, one way or another?  Damn


  23. Get used to it. If Dirty Diaper Head Obama gets his way there will be no First Amendment,  Second Amendment, or any other amendment that restricts the actions of the government.

    This is why I cannot understand why the mainstream media is so enamored with this lowlife that calls himself president. They should realize that as soon as he has the power they’re going to be shut down. After all in his government there is no room for anyone or anything they disagree with him.

    Local governments are taking their cue from what he gets away with. Which is really only natural. The old saying that power corrupts is as true now as it was when the saying was coined. This administration is proof positive of that. This is the most corrupt administration in the history of America.

    If the American people do not wake up there will be no America to wake up to. If Diaper Head is reelected he will have no problem doing whatever he feels like doing because there is no chance that he can be reelected for a third term. So once he is in power he will use that power to close down the government as we know it you can take it to the bank.

  24. I think it’s time for the Texas Rangers, if they are not completely corrupted too, to step up and arrest these political hacks for civil rights violations under both the Texas and the national Constitutions.  Of course the F.B.I. should also be doing that at White House level for abridgement of out Constitution by Obama and his appointed henchmen.  Unfortunately this won’t happen.

  25. The citizens need to remove this Mayor and anyone who thinks like him.  This is what is wrong with the country.  A few think they are better than the rest.  Throw him out.   Recirculate the petition and let him have you arrested.  What a field day the lawyers will have with the lawsuits.   Then throw him out. 

  26. These are liberal democrats forcing like mafia bullies what you can or cannot do even though the first amendment guarentees freedom of speech. I say arrest these bums.

    1. Don’t forget. It’ll be SEIU employees that will be “Taking Care Of You” in the mental “Rehabilitation Wards” at the “FEMA Relocation (for the restoration of good public order) Camps”. “Nurse Ratchet” anyone? Anyone?

  27. All hell is getting ready to break loose in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA because of those who want to dictate to the AMERICAN CITIZENS!  Keep your powder dry and stock up on weapons. You’ll be needing them if this nonsense continues.

  28. I think the Christian people who signed this petition and now face the threat of arrest should band together and if a police officer attempts to arrest them the Christians should actually arrest the police officer and charge him/her wih attempted false arrest and attempted false imprisonment. The only way to take a stand against this type of of Totalitarian Treatment by the system, is to arrest the arrestors, meaning the police.

    If ther police feared being arrested themselves, they would not attempt to make any arrests. The people need to band together, back each other up , protect one another, and if necessary reject the idea or notion that the police have the authority over your freedom especially in this case of freedom of assembly and freedom of speech.
     The police always call for back-up if they believe there is  probem too big for 1 or 2 officers to handle, so should the protestors, they should call for back up as well and back up each other and not allow any arrests to take place, as these arrests would be and are unlawful arrests because the Christians are exercising their Rights.

    1. If, at any time, anyone, black, white, green, blue, yellow or brown (shirted), or any shade in between, ever tries to intimidate, delay, dissuade or otherwise harass or prevent me from voting, attending a Tea Party Rally, or worse yet, come into my home to deprive me of my means of defending my God given right to defend me and mine, I’m afraid I’ll have to remind them of the words of the irate Quaker: “Friend. I would not harm thee for the world. However, Thou Art standing where I am about to shoot.”.

  29. Unless Christians get active like this man did they will lose their right to even meet or teach the Bible as the Enemy is in the ‘white’house and his minions are actively seeking to overthrow every good thing and replace it what the socialist agenda so the US becomes nothing but a UN state.  It s time to get very active and stand up and fight.  It s better to fight and lose than to do nothing

  30. Well. it’s OK for churches to engage in politics in any manner they wish IF they also wish to give up their tax exempt status on the income and their property… no problem

    1. Does this also include Media Matters and the thousands of 501 3c George Soros has created?
       And do you mean like Sojourners, or Color for Change, or the Tides Foundation, or Media Matters, or People for the American Way, or Move Center for American Progress, the Apollo Alliance, Ella
      Saker [sic] for Human Rights. You mean those people will also give up their interference in the political arenas,  those things?

    2. Then I shall take it that you believe that the justice department, headed by Eric Holdner, and the Internal Revenue Service, headed by ol’ tax cheat whats’ name, should proceed with all due diligence against any and every so-called “Black Church” and/or “Mosque” forthwith for their blatant preaching of politics from the pulpit and so forth. Right?

  31. Dim-o-crats think they’re above the law.  Once the Criminal-in-Chief Holder and Comrade Obama are ejected from office, liberal scoff-laws like this must be punished to the full extent of the law.

    This type of scorn for the rule of law will become the norm if we don’t remove liberals from power this fall.

  32. Just a question, Has anyone sought an injunction from the court to stop the resending of a voter approved ordnance 

  33. Heres another one it is a federal crime to infringe on ones constitutional rights under the color of law, and also intimidation=Official opression also a crime. 

  34. The mayor has a big head, (ego) think he should be fired by the people and for the people. The mayor is an employee of the people. This mayor ought to listen to his fellow Texan Ron White when he has made the statement “There is no cure for stupid “.  Mayor Cook sound like you are cooked.

    The head of the BBC, Mark Thompson, has admitted that the broadcaster would never mock Mohammed like it mocks Jesus.
    He justified the astonishing admission of religious bias by
    suggesting that mocking Mohammed might have the “emotional force” of
    “grotesque child pornography”.
    But Jesus is fair game because, he said, Christianity has broad shoulders and fewer ties to ethnicity.
    Mr Thompson says the BBC would never have broadcast Jerry Springer
    The Opera – a controversial musical that mocked Jesus – if its target
    had been Mohammed.
    He made the remarks in an interview for a research project at the University of Oxford.
    Mr Thompson said: “The point is that for a Muslim, a depiction,
    particularly a comic or demeaning depiction, of the Prophet Mohammed
    might have the emotional force of a piece of grotesque child
    A BBC spokesman was unavailable for comment.
    Last year former BBC news anchor Peter Sissons said Christians are
    “fair game” for insults at the corporation, whilst Muslims must not be
    Mr Sissons, whose memoirs were serialised in the Daily Mail, said:
    “Islam must not be offended at any price, although Christians are fair
    game because they do nothing about it if they are offended.”
    The former presenter also said that staff damage their careers if they don’t follow the BBC’s mindset.

  36. I never thought I would see the day that the state of Texas was coming on par with California, New York and every other liberal socialistic fraud state in this union, but the day is here.  Texas is no longer a conservative patriotic American state.  Texas is a fraud, starting from the southeast corner and moving up steadily and rapidly.  Stay the hell out of Gay Texas as well as Gay California.

  37. When we the people fail to pay attention to who we vote for on that one day, well then you get people like Mayor John Cook, or Obama.    Voting with out brains can ruin your life for ever. 

  38. We need email the El Paso newspaper and let them know what we think of the idiot mayor they have there. I know I will. To let a POS like that threaten people because he doesn’t agree with what they say goes against everything American. Is he a relative of Obama? 

  39. Why should anyone be surprised at this?  Corruption and arrogance starts at the top and works down.  Politicians at ALL levels of government have forgotten that THEY work for us–not the other way around.  Boot ’em all out!

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