Texas Protecting Constitutional & Religious Rights of Pastors & Churches

Gay activists have been targeting Christians for over a decade. They intentionally go to a business owned by a Christian and demand service, hoping the Christian refuses, just so they can file a lawsuit against the owners. Their goal is to force Christian business owners to cave into the perversions of the LGBT community. Some of them also see it as a chance to get rich and force Christians to close their businesses.

Other gay activists openly attack Christian pastors and churches. The most notable case involves Houston’s lesbian mayor Annise Parker and her legal attacks on five of Houston’s most prominent pastors affectionately labeled as the Houston Five.

First Parker got the city council to pass ordinances that give special privileges to LGBT people over the rights of straight people. When local pastors filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to block her gay ordinances, Parker launched her own attack against the pastors. She issued subpoenas demanding copies of the sermons and all correspondence of the five Christian pastors.

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Parker’s abuse of power in targeting the Christian pastors that opposed her led to the introduction of bill that would protect the constitutional rights of pastors and churches. The bill protects them from being sued or penalized for refusing to conduct gay weddings. It also protects them from having their sermons subpoenaed by gay activists like Mayor Parker.

Another reason for the pastors protection bill is the possibility that the US Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage. One of the bill’s supporters, Rep. Patricia Harless (R-Spring) explains:

“Maybe pastors won’t be sued. But we need some protection in case they are.”

Other pastors are also being harassed by gay activists who are asking for them to perform gay weddings. Jonathan Saenz, President of Texas Values Action, commented about the need for the bill, saying:

“And so that has put pastors in a very difficult position, and also it causes distraction from the work that they do best, which is providing for the members of their church and being a blessing to the community.”

“[The bill declares] government, at any level, should not and cannot be allowed to punish our clergy and churches for following their faith on marriage.”

The bill first passed the state Senate and just advanced in the House by a 141-2 vote. Not surprising is that the two no votes were Houston Democrats. The bill has to undergo a final House vote before it goes to Gov. Greg Abbott who has promised to sign it.

While I believe the Texas bill is a good start, I believe it doesn’t go far enough. They also need to pass a bill to protect all Christians in the state from being sued and persecuted for living their faith. This bill needs to protect Christian business owners who refuse to accept business that would cause them to violate their faith such as providing a service or product that would be used in a gay wedding.

You know that the federal Congress will never pass any bill to protect Christians, but hopefully other states will follow Texas’ example and pass their own bills to protect pastors, churches and hopefully Christian business owners.

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