Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott Responds to Houston Sermon Demand
One of the ways the Left has beaten constitutionalists is by having people in places of authority to control the narrative and the legislation.
The homosexual movement, comprising 1.6 percent of the population, has dominated the narrative and worked tirelessly to get its people in positions of power.
Consider the 1987 article “The Overhauling of Straight America” by Marshall K. Kirk and Erastes Pill. The article is a point-by-point guide on how to force homosexual compliance on America through every means possible. They told us how it was going to be done, they did it, and the majority of Americans fell “straight” in line.
“The first order of business is desensitization of the American public concerning gays and gay rights. To desensitize the public is to help it view homosexuality with indifference instead of with keen emotion.”
One of the strategies was to make those opposed to same-sexuality look bad. “[W]e intend to make the antigays look so nasty that average Americans will want to dissociate themselves from such types.”
They will even lie to accomplish their goals. See Stephen Jimenez’s book “The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard.”
And the majority of Americans fell for it.
But there was one more thing that needed to be done: capture the legal system, get elected to office, change the laws, and force compliance from the top down.
We’re seeing the strategy being played out all across the country.
The Houston mayor’s office demand for sermons and other communiqués regarding a lawsuit over a new Houston pro-homosexual ordinance proposed and implemented by its lesbian mayor could be a turning point for two reasons. First, the usually silent and inactive Christian community is ticked off and speaking out. How long this will last is anyone’s guess. Second, civil officials in Texas are taking a stand. While these two responses should have been done a long time ago, it’s good to see so much push back.
The following letter is from Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. The Attorney Generals in other states have refused to defend their voted on state laws regarding same-sex sexuality and marriage.
October 15, 2014
Mr. David Feldman
City of Houston
900 Bagby, 4th Floor
Houston, Texas 77002
Dear Mr. Feldman:
Your office has demanded that four Houston pastors hand over to the city government many of their private papers, including their sermons. Whether you intend it to be so or not, your action is a direct assault on the religious liberty guaranteed by the First Amendment. The people of Houston and their religious leaders must be absolutely secure in the knowledge that their religious affairs are beyond the reach of the government. Nothing short of an immediate reversal by your office will provide that security. I call on you to withdraw the subpoenas without further delay.
I recognize that the subpoenas arise from litigation related to a petition to repeal an ordinance adopted by the city council. But the litigation discovery process is not a license for government officials to inquire into religious affairs. Nor is your office’s desire to vigorously support the ordinance any excuse for these subpoenas. No matter what public policy is at stake, government officials must exercise the utmost care when our work touches on religious matters. If we err, it must be on the side of preserving the autonomy of religious institutions and the liberty of religious believers. Your aggressive and invasive subpoenas show no regard for the very serious First Amendment considerations at stake.
A statement released by the Mayor’s Office claims that the subpoenas were prepared by outside lawyers and that neither you nor Mayor Parker was aware of them before they were issued. Nevertheless, these lawyers acted in the City’s name, and you are responsible for their actions. You should immediately instruct your lawyers to withdraw the City’s subpoenas. Religious institutions and their congregants should never have to worry that a government they disagree with will attempt to interfere in their religious affairs. Instead of safeguarding that trust, you appear to have given some of the most powerful law firms in Houston free rein to harass and intimidate pastors who oppose City policy. In good faith, I hope you merely failed to anticipate how inappropriately aggressive your lawyers would be. Many, however, believe your actions reflect the city government’s hostility to religious beliefs that do not align with city policies.
I urge you to demonstrate the City’s commitment to religious liberty and to true diversity of belief by unilaterally withdrawing these subpoenas immediately. Your stated intention to wait for further court proceedings falls woefully short of the urgent action needed to reassure the people of Houston that their government respects their freedom of religion and does not punish those who oppose city policies on religious grounds.
Attorney General of Texas