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  • Judge rejects lesbian mayor's demand in transgender fight

    01/14/2015 10:40:46 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 22 replies
    WND ^ | 1-14-15 | Bob Unruh
    A Texas judge has rejected the city of Houston’s demand to deny a jury trial to pastors fighting a controversial transgender ordinance. The ruling, released late Tuesday by Judge Robert Schaffer in the Harris County District Court in Houston, came in a case in which the city created a firestorm of controversy by issuing subpoenas for copies of pastors’ sermons. In its latest motion, the city claimed the pastors have no right to a jury trial, contending the decision should be made by a hand-picked “special master.” The pastors are opposing an ordinance adopted by lesbian Mayor Annise Parker and...
  • Houston Lesbian Mayor Brings New Assault: Claims Pastors have no Right to a Jury Trial

    01/09/2015 4:29:28 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 68 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 1/8/2015 | Tim Brown
    Houston's Lesbian Mayor Annise Parker is at it again after standing down on subpoenaing pastor's sermons. We had not heard from her for a few months after she got blasted by pastors and the public following the City Council's attempts to push through an unlawful "bathroom bill" and the city attorney's attempts to manipulate signatures in a petition against their illegal actions. However, that has changed. Now she is claiming that the pastors have no right to a jury trial and is calling for a "special master" to investigate. Though the city withdrew its subpoenas of the pastor's sermons,...
  • Ted Cruz just scored a big win, and almost nobody (in D.C.) noticed

    11/03/2014 4:41:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | November 3, 2014 | Aaron Blake
    It largely escaped the notice of the national media, but there has been a pretty big political story playing out in Houston the last few weeks. Well, it has been a big story, at least, for one very key GOP constituency. Here's the recap: The city of Houston a few weeks back subpoenaed the sermons of five pastors who opposed an ordinance that was aimed at increasing the rights and protections of LGBT residents of the city, which is home to the first openly lesbian mayor of a major American city, Annise Parker (D). The subpoenas were issued in response...
  • Conservatives Send More Than 1,000 Bibles to Houston Mayor Annise Parker After Sermon Subpoena

    10/31/2014 8:56:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/31/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    The mayor's office of the city of Houston in Texas confirmed Thursday that conservatives sent in more than 1,000 Bibles to the city's first openly gay mayor, Annise Parker, in protest after the sermons of five local pastors were subpoenaed in a legal dispute over a controversial ordinance some say will allow men to use women's restrooms in the city. Earlier reports noted that city officials in Houston were upset over a voter lawsuit filed after the Houston City Council rejected valid petitions to repeal the city's controversial Equal Rights Ordinance, which allows men who identify as female to use...
  • Houston drops controversial pastor subpoenas

    10/29/2014 11:02:05 AM PDT · by pawpawrick · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/29/2014
    Houston announced Wednesday that it will withdraw the subpoenas of sermons from five pastors who publicly opposed an ordinance banning discrimination against gay and transgender residents, The Houston Chronicle reported. "I didn't do this to satisfy them," Mayor Annise Parker said, referring to critics of the subpoenas. "I did it because it was not serving Houston."
  • Houston’s Church-Attacking Mayor Annise Parker Caught Lying, Smearing Texas DPS

    10/27/2014 11:10:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 27, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Take a look at P.J. Gladnick’s post over at Newsbusters . The gist: Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s daughter had trouble getting her driving test done to get her driver’s license. Parker, a lesbian who married her partner out of state after being elected mayor of Texas’ largest city, blamed the problem on the Texas Department of Public Safety and, specifically, on Texas law which does not recognize same-sex marriage. Their daughters are adopted and they also have a foster son. Parker launched her blame game in this tweet. Daughter needs drivers test. Has all docs, some in MomA name, some...
  • Houston Mayor Caught Lying in Embarrassing HuffPo Story Update

    10/27/2014 7:53:34 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 47 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 27, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    The Huffington Post published a story by Amanda Terkel which purportedly showed that the daughter  of the lesbian mayor of Houston, Annise Parker, was denied a driver's license because she has two moms. The story included a tweet from the mayor claiming this as the cause for denial. Unfortunately for the mayor, an update to the story proved her to have been lying about this incident. First let us look at the initial Huffington Post article in which the daughter of the mayor was supposedly subjected to discrimination due to having two moms:
  • Houston mayor says daughter was denied driver's test because she has two moms

    10/25/2014 8:30:12 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 90 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 25, 2014, 3:45 PM | James Queally
    The daughter of Houston Mayor Annise Parker was briefly denied the chance to take a driving test this week because her birth certificate and other documentation indicated she has two mothers, the mayor said.. Parker, who married her longtime partner, Kathy Hubbard, in California this year and remains a rarity as an openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city, complained on her Twitter account on Friday.
  • In Houston, Do Liberals Want Separation of State and Church?

    10/23/2014 3:11:59 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 13 replies
    10/23/2014 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    The city of Houston, Texas (Mayor Annise Parker), has issued subpoenas for pastors' sermons... Not surprised at all. To get right to the point without taking up any unnecessary space, who do statists want Separation of A.) Church and B.) State, but not Separation of B.) State and A.) Church? They apparently want the forward of this, but not the reverse. And they want religious folk to butt out of politics, but they seize every opportunity to stick their noses into the affairs of religious folk. In your opinion, why do you think this is; what do the statists want?
  • Houston Pastors Fight Censorship Challenge

    10/21/2014 8:04:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    Houston recently passed an ordinance through its city council that has sparked quite a bit of controversy amongst conservative evangelicals. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a broad-sweeping, left-leaning law trumpeted by the City of Houston and its openly gay mayor, Annise Parker, is supposed to protect gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination. All well and good, but according to the Independent Journal Review, the ordinance to ensure nondiscrimination, discriminates against those of faith who oppose it. Five pastors, members of Houston's conservative, evangelical base, oppose HERO, as does the liberal Americans United for the Separation of Church and...
  • Obama praises Supreme Court’s gay marriage orders

    10/20/2014 10:18:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 20, 2014 11:22 AM EDT
    President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court’s recent gay marriage orders may have the biggest impact of any ruling of his presidency. Obama told The New Yorker that the court’s Oct. 6 rejection of appeals from states seeking to preserve gay marriage bans is the best of his tenure. …
  • Religious Liberty Under Attack as City of Houston Subpoenas Church Sermons

    10/19/2014 4:50:40 PM PDT · by Red6 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Oct 2014 | Sarah Rumpf
    AUSTIN, Texas -- The battle over Houston's non-discrimination ordinance has moved from the ballot box to the church pulpit, as a group of pastors fights efforts by the city to subpoena their sermons and private communications with church members. The law, passed last June, was criticized because it could be used to allow men to use women's bathrooms, among other objections. Opponents to the law had collected more than 50,000 signatures to place a repeal measure on the ballot this November, far more than the 17,269 required. However, the City of Houston moved to invalidate the majority of the signatures,...
  • houston lgbt mayor has every legal right to prosecute christian churches for political activity

    10/15/2014 5:09:19 AM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 156 replies
    Patton@Bastogne | 2014-10-15 | Patton@Bastogne
    . 2014-10-15 Houston LGBT Mayor has EVERY LEGAL RIGHT to Prosecute Christian Churches for Political Activity First, I (Patton@Bastogne) am a pro-life anti-gay-marriage evangelical Christian. Second, (in today's news story reported by The Houston Chronicle, below) ... I am calling out the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and their attorney Christina Holcomb ... as "Despicable Liars". ADF attorneys KNOW FULL WELL that Churches' "voluntary" acceptance of the IRS 501-C3 "federal contract" means that Christian Churches SURRENDER their rights to ... First Admendment "Free Speech" ... when practiced behind a "tax-exempt church pulpit". Period. I openly challenge the deceptive ADF organization (and...
  • HOUSTON MAYOR BACKS OFF FROM SUBPOENAS TO PASTORS

    10/15/2014 10:35:49 PM PDT · by This Just In · 158 replies
    Breitbart-Texas ^ | October 15, 2014 | Sarah Rumpf
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker has backed down from the subpoenas the City of Houston issued to several area pastors, Breitbart Texas has learned. Breitbart Texas reported earlier about the controversy, stemming from litigation challenging the city's anti-discrimination ordinance and subpoenas asking the pastors for the content of their sermons, speeches and communications with church members. Texas Senator Ted Cruz weighed in, firmly supporting the pastors in their efforts to fight the subpoenas, while Mayor Parker initially remained adamant that the city had the right to request those records. Despite posting comments on Twitter just hours before that...
  • Annise Parker Doubles Down on Subpoena of Sermons

    10/16/2014 11:00:23 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 49 replies
    Twitter ^ | 10/14/2014 | Annise Parker
    If the 5 pastors used pulpits for politics, their sermons are fair game. Were instructions given on filling out anti-HERO petition?-A— Annise Parker (@AnniseParker) October 15, 2014
  • Houston mayor, city attorney: On second thought, maybe those sermon subpoenas were a wee bit broad

    10/16/2014 7:39:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/16/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Quelle surprise. After news of their subpoenas for sermons given by religious leaders went viral yesterday, Houston’s mayor and city attorney backpedaled away from its “wording,” although the city attorney initially attempted to defend the demand. Later, he shifted the blame to outside legal representation: Amid outrage from religious groups, Mayor Annise Parker and City Attorney David Feldman on Wednesday appeared to back off a subpoena request for the sermons of certain ministers opposed to the city’s equal rights ordinance, with Parker calling it overly broad.The subpoenas, handed down to five pastors and religious leaders last month, came to...
  • Cruz to the Rescue: Houston Mayor Backs Off From Subpoenas to Pastors

    10/15/2014 7:19:07 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 81 replies
    breitbart ^ | 10/15/14 | s rumpf
    Houston Mayor Annise Parker has backed down from the subpoenas the City of Houston issued to several area pastors, Breitbart Texas has learned. Breitbart Texas reported earlier about the controversy, stemming from litigation challenging the city's anti-discrimination ordinance and subpoenas asking the pastors for the content of their sermons, speeches and communications with church members. Texas Senator Ted Cruz weighed in, firmly supporting the pastors in their efforts to fight the subpoenas, while Mayor Parker initially remained adamant that the city had the right to request those records. Despite posting comments on Twitter just hours before that seemed to indicate...
  • Ted Cruz Tells Brody File: "Real Risk" Of Pastors Being Jailed For Preaching Against Homosexuality

    10/17/2014 11:28:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    CBN News' The Brody File ^ | October 17, 2014 | David Brody, Chief Political Correspondent
    In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Senator Ted Cruz says pastors being hauled off to jail by the government for preaching against homosexuality is a “real risk” in the future. ““I think that is a real risk,” Cruz tells me. “Some in the media ridicule that threat saying there is no danger of the government coming after pastors. That is the usual response.” But he adds: “The specter of government trying to determine if what pastors preach from the pulpit meets with the policy views or political correctness of the governing authorities, that prospect is real and happening...
  • Christians Can’t Accept Houston’s Intimidation Tactics Without Protest

    10/19/2014 10:20:32 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 21 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 16, 2014 | Mollie Hemingway
    Support for legalizing same-sex marriage dropped from 54 percent to 49 percent since February, according to a Pew Research Center poll. Analysts said they had no idea why or if it was just a random blip. I joked on Twitter that my April article “Rise of the Same-Sex Marriage Dissidents” probably was the cause. But in all seriousness, perhaps seeing the totalitarianism of extremist wings of the gay rights movement has soured some people on efforts to change marriage law — or at least given people pause about the tradeoffs involved with redefining marriage or enacting broad legislation around sexual...
  • Why I stand with the Houston Five (LCMS in solidarity with Houston pastors)

    10/18/2014 6:48:58 AM PDT · by chajin · 24 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | October 17, 2014 | Scott R. Murray
    HOUSTON (RNS) Recently, Houston city attorneys, acting on behalf of Mayor Annise Parker and the City Council, issued subpoenas to five area pastors requiring they hand over copies of all communication with members of their congregations about a gay rights ordinance. The subpoena asks for communications from the pastors related to the mayor, the ordinance, and “gender equality” issues. What are pastors to do when coerced by a government entity like the city of Houston? It seems to me that there are a two possible responses: one from a Christian pastor, who serves in Christ’s kingdom, and another from a...
  • Pastors to mayor: Don’t mess with Texas pulpits

    10/15/2014 3:34:09 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/14/14 | Todd Starnes
    Christians across the nation are mobilizing to defend a group of Houston pastors who were ordered by the city to turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity issues or Houston mayor. Their message is simple – Don’t Mess with Texas Preachers. Dave Welch, the executive director of the Texas Pastor Council, is one of the five ministers who received a subpoena. He said he will not be intimidated by Annise Parker, who is the city's first openly lesbian mayor, nor will he comply with the city’s demands. “My answer to that is – bring it on,” he said....
  • Pastors to mayor: Don’t mess with Texas pulpits

    10/15/2014 1:14:37 PM PDT · by dware · 78 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.15.2014 | Todd Starnes
    Christians across the nation are mobilizing to defend a group of Houston pastors who were ordered by the city to turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity issues or Houston mayor. Their message is simple – Don’t Mess with Texas Preachers.
  • Progression of Gay Militantism Reaches Houston in Move Against Pastors

    10/15/2014 10:03:11 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/15/14 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    If you dare oppose the gay agenda, you will be destroyed. Progression of the gay agenda will only become more intrusive, more tyrannical, and more Orwellian To Christians, homosexuality is an unacceptable behavior to God, as well as to Christ’s Flock. Since the dawn of the Christian Church a couple thousand years ago (and prior during the Old Testament era), homosexuality has been taught to be an affront against God. Scripture reveals that homosexuality was a part of the reason for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and a sign of the perverse evil Earth’s inhabitants had turned to during...
  • Houston Seeks To Monitor Sermons Via Subpoena

    10/15/2014 9:52:12 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 4 replies
    Five pastors in the City of Houston have been hit with a subpoena demanding copies of sermons and other pastoral communications. These pastors apparently oppose a City Ordinance which allows men to go into the ladies restroom and vice versa. A petition drive was launched against the “non-discrimination” ordinance, which over 50,000 residents signed. The City claimed there were “irregularities” in the collection of signatures and refused to put the issue on the ballot. As such a lawsuit was filed against the city, which then turned around and issued subpoenas to these pastors. Interestingly none of the pastors are parties...
  • Houston city attorneys subpoena sermons from pastors opposed to rights law

    10/15/2014 8:02:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/15/2014 | Rick Moran
    Conservative Christian pastors in Houston who opposed an equal rights ordinance had their sermons and other private communications subpoenaed by city attorneys fighting to keep a repeal referendum off the ballot.Houston Chronicle: Houston's embattled equal rights ordinance took another legal turn this week when it surfaced that city attorneys, in an unusual step, subpoenaed sermons given by local pastors who oppose the law and are tied to the conservative Christian activists that have sued the city. Opponents of the equal rights ordinance are hoping to force a repeal referendum when they get their day in court in January, claiming City...
  • City Subpoenas Pastors' Sermons in Equal Rights Ordinance Case

    10/14/2014 8:20:13 PM PDT · by lbryce · 30 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 14,2014 | Katherine Driessen
    Houston's embattled equal rights ordinance took another legal turn this week when it surfaced that city attorneys, in an unusual step, subpoenaed sermons given by local pastors who oppose the law and are tied to the conservative Christian activists that have sued the city. Opponents of the equal rights ordinance are hoping to force a repeal referendum when they get their day in court in January, claiming City Attorney David Feldman wrongly determined they had not gathered enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. City attorneys issued subpoenas last month during the case's discovery phase, seeking, among other communications,...
  • Houston Demands Oversight of Sermons!

    10/14/2014 9:33:21 AM PDT · by rfreedom4u · 99 replies
    WND ^ | October 13, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    Officials with the city of Houston, Texas, who are defending a controversial ordinance that would allow men to use women’s restrooms now have demanded to see the sermons preached by several area pastors. The recent move came in a subpoena from the city to pastors for copies of their sermons and other communications in the city’s legal defense of a “non-discrimination” measure that allows “gender-confused” people to use public restrooms designated for the opposite sex. A lawsuit challenging Houston’s move alleges the city violated its own charter in its adoption of the Equal Rights Ordinance, which in May designated homosexuals...
  • If I Were Gay, I’d Oppose Houston’s Old Lesbian Mayor

    10/19/2014 5:20:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Associated Press Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2014 | Doug Giles
    I’m not gay. I get called gay all the time by Leftists who seek to disparage me when they’ve run out of their specious, illogical arguments and the full weight of common sense lands on their fetid heads and they have no other recourse but to go ad hominem on me and say, “he must be gay.” Which, like I said, I take they equate with a cut down; which is weird because, supposedly, they’re the homosexual’s champion. For what it’s worth, the only gay thing about me is, and I must confess, I did tear up a bit during...
  • Attorney General Greg Abbott Asks Houston City Attorney to Withdraw Subpoenas Seeking Sermons...

    10/15/2014 9:02:07 PM PDT · by lightman · 64 replies
    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott ^ | 15 October AD 2014 | AG Greg Abbott
    https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/oagnews/release.php?id=4880 AUSTIN -- Attorney General Abbott today asked that the Houston City Attorney to immediately withdraw the subpoenas sent last month to several Houston-area pastors seeking sermons, notes and other information. In his letter to the city attorney, Attorney General Abbott said, “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.” Mr. David Feldman City Attorney City of Houston...
  • Houston’s Mayor Backtracks on Church Subpoenas, Tosses Her Own Lawyers Under the Bus (Updated)

    10/16/2014 10:35:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 64 replies
    PJTatler ^ | October 16, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Houston’s power-mad Mayor Annise Parker has backtracked on those subpoenas that she had the city issue to five city pastors, at taxpayer expense. The mayor made the move as Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott sent a letter to Parker asking that she withdraw the subpoenas “immediately.” Attorney General Greg Abbott Asks Houston City Attorney to Withdraw Subpoenas Seeking Sermons, Other Documents from Houston-area Pastors AUSTIN — Attorney General Abbott today asked that the Houston City Attorney to immediately withdraw the subpoenas sent last month to several Houston-area pastors seeking sermons, notes and other information. In his letter to the city...
  • Houston's mayor is a villain, not a hero

    10/17/2014 6:15:30 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/17/14 | Jeff Crouere
    Pastor Castano speaks for millions of Americans, who are sick and tired of political correctness run amok This week the country learned that in the politically red state of Texas is the liberal, blue city of Houston, which is led by Mayor Annise Parker, an avowed lesbian. In May, Mayor Parker rammed through the city council a controversial transgender rights measure called the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), otherwise known as the “bathroom bill.” It would allow men who self identify as females to use the women’s bathroom and vice versa. Obviously, the ordinance was controversial and five local pastors...
  • Houston to pastors: Forget your sermons, now we want your speeches

    10/17/2014 11:33:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 72 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 17, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Five Christian pastors will no longer have to turn their sermons over to attorneys for the city of Houston. Instead, they will be forced to turn over their speeches related to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). I don’t mean to point out the obvious here—but what do those attorneys think a sermon is? It’s a speech. According to an amended motion filed Friday in Harris County, Texas court, the city’s attorneys will no longer demand sermons related to homosexuals, gender identity, or Mayor Annise Parker—Houston’s first openly lesbian mayor. The amended subpoenas do require the pastors to turn over...
  • Houston, You Have A Liberal Fascist!

    10/16/2014 6:23:31 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 17 replies
    Self | 10/16/14 | Me
    Do Democrats know the difference between fascism and liberalism? Apparently the Mayor of Houston, Ms. Annise Parker, is incapable of separating her own sexuality – her fragile sensibilities and biased opinions – from the rights of others who disagree with homosexuality and/or gay marriage. What’s even more offensive, or better yet bewildering, is that she actually demanded local pastors turn over their sermons and personal correspondence for examination. Excuse me?!!! For examination by the gay Gestapo in this Constitutional Republic known as the United States of America?!!! Is Ms. Parker a Pontiff, a Governor of Rome, Nero? Yes, Houston’s Mayor...
  • CITY OF HOUSTON DEMANDS PASTORS TURN OVER SERMONS. Yes, the MAYOR.

    10/16/2014 4:11:04 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 74 replies
    Stand Up For The Truth! ^ | 10/14/2014 | A.Spreeman
    The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court. “The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.” ADF, a nationally-known law firm specializing in religious liberty cases, is representing five...
  • Texas Attorney General Tells Houston City Hall: Stop Bullying Christians

    10/16/2014 12:22:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    <p>That’s the bottom line of a harshly-worded letter written by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to Houston City Attorney David Feldman.</p> <p>Feldman’s office sent subpoenas to five Houston pastors last month demanding that they turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality and gender identity issues. They also wanted sermons or correspondence that referenced Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor.</p>
  • Sen. Cruz criticizes Houston over sermon subpoenas

    10/16/2014 4:20:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 16, 2014 7:05 PM EDT | Michael Graczyk
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz told congregants of his home church Thursday that the city of Houston abused power by subpoenaing sermons and other documents from pastors who publicly opposed a local ordinance banning discrimination against gay and transgender residents. Cruz, standing among more than a dozen clergy at First Baptist Church in Houston, described the subpoenas as an “abuse of government power” and another illustration of the “indefensible assault by the government on religious liberties.” …
  • City of Houston demands pastors turn over sermons [Dealing With Homosexuality]

    10/15/2014 8:14:40 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 155 replies
    Fox ^ | Published October 14, 2014 | By Todd Starnes
    The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court. “The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.” ADF, a nationally-known law firm specializing in religious liberty cases, is representing five...
  • Gay Totalitarians in Texas

    10/15/2014 9:27:23 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 15, 2014 | J. Christian Adams
    Churches have received subpoenas issued by the city of Houston demanding copies of sermons. Houston is probing opposition to a ballot referendum pertaining to an ordinance proposing a local discrimination law affecting gays. (Bryan Preston posted this summary of the lawlessness taking place in Houston.) Over 50,000 petition signatures were gathered opposing the ordinance. Now the city, run by the first openly gay mayor, Annise Parker, is retaliating and demanding that churches turn over sermons. You read that correctly. This is the sort of government behavior that used to be confined to two-bit third-world regimes. The gay rights movement was...
  • City of Houston demands pastors turn over sermons

    10/14/2014 2:45:55 PM PDT · by redreno · 100 replies
    The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court. “The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.”
  • Houston Eliminates Gender-Based Restrooms

    06/05/2014 3:39:00 PM PDT · by kingattax · 59 replies
    VIDEO AT LINKIt’s now legal for men to use women’s bathrooms, showers, and dressing facilities – and vice-versa – thanks to the passing of the Equal Rights Ordinance in Houston, TX last Wednesday night. Mayor Parker, Houston’s first openly gay mayor, called it “most personally meaningful thing I will ever do as mayor.” The ordinance’s stated goal is to eliminate discrimination in housing and employment for gays, transgenders – 14-characteristics in total – including race, ethnicity, age, religion and disability. Opponents have 30 days to attain more than 17,000 petition signatures to appeal the decision. Careful next time you venture...
  • (Houston) Mayor Parker marries longtime parter

    01/16/2014 7:22:25 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 45 replies
    Houston Mayor Annise Parker and longtime partner Kathy Hubbard are now married - at least in the eyes of 18 states, including California, where the couple formally exchanged vows Thursday in a sunset ceremony in Palm Springs.
  • Mayor Annise Parker and longtime partner make wedding plans (Houston's lesbian leader)

    12/28/2013 9:16:03 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    CultureMap Houston ^ | December 27, 2013 | Clifford Pugh
    Although Mayor Annise Parker has vowed that she and her longtime partner, Kathy Hubbard, will not wed until gay marriage is legal in Texas, in recent interviews the mayor has softened her stance. "The world is changing so fast, maybe I won't wait that long," Parker said last week in a year-end interview with CultureMap when asked when she would marry. "I'm no longer worried that (gay marriage in Texas) is not going to happen in my lifetime. After the Supreme Court ruling and the number of states that now have equal marriage, it's coming." Since then CultureMap has learned...
  • Pastors threaten to publish license plate numbers of patrons at topless bar

    12/21/2013 10:20:43 AM PST · by Morgana · 58 replies
    fox ^ | Greg Groogan
    HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Mayor Annise Parker's controversial settlement relaxing physical contact rules at 16 local topless clubs appears to have triggered an escalation in hostilities between those who operate and patronize strip joints and those who'd like to see them shut down. "Those that are forking out the money to fund this industry, what they call the 'Johns' , we are looking at every possible way we can start going out and exposing who they are. It's just time," said Rev. Dave Welch, leader of the Houston Area Pastor Council.
  • Literally, The Police State Is Coming

    08/30/2013 6:27:15 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 36 replies
    Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 8/30/13 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    In between bowls of chicken poodle soup and deciding to provide air cover for al-Qaeda in Syria, our Dear Leader, Barack Hussein Obama, found time to meet with mayors from our crumbling major cities. From Justin Sink of The Hill: *** "President Obama told a collection of big-city mayors Tuesday at the White House that he would continue to use executive actions to combat gun violence plaguing major cities. In the meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder and the mayors of 18 cities from across the nation, Obama discussed commonly applicable strategies to reduce youth violence. 'He also vowed to...
  • 'Run, hide, fight': Homeland Security releases public service video on how to survive mass shooting

    07/28/2012 2:05:27 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 54 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | July 27, 2012 | Emily Anne Epstein
    Full Headline: 'Run, hide, fight': Homeland Security releases public service video on how to get to safety and survive a mass shooting Following last Friday's mass casualty shooting in Aurora, Colorado, the City of Houston has released an instructional video on what to do in case of a similar emergency. Funded by the Department of Homeland Security, the city hopes that the video can help people prepare people for the worst. Entitled Run.Hide.Fight. Surviving an Active Shooter Event, it depicts a fictional shooting incident in a crowded office building. In the six-minute video, a narrator warns that all shooter events...
  • Houston economy faster-growing in North America

    01/18/2012 3:51:32 AM PST · by trumandogz · 7 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 1.18.12 | Travis Alford
    Powered by a booming energy business, the Houston regional economy grew faster last year than any other in North America, the Brookings Institution reports. Houston and Dallas were the only two major metropolitan economies on the continent to rank among the world's most robust in 2010-2011. The findings underscored a larger global shift away from traditional power centers, primarily to Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
  • Pastors charged after telling 'gays' about sin (facing bench trial in court run by lesbian)

    12/02/2011 10:00:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    WorldnetDaily ^ | 12/02/2011 | Bob Unruh
    Two veteran street preachers in Houston are facing a bench trial for spreading the biblical message about homosexuality – and other sins – on one of their favorite corners for preaching in Houston. That the message was direct is obvious, from a photo of the situation that developed for David Stokes of BulldogMinistries.com and Dave Allen of HornofSamuelBook.com: Their sign warns those who are "Drunks, homosexuals, abortionist, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, witches, idolators" that "Hell awaits you." Their hearing will be in Houston Municipal Court, which is run by Barbara E. Hartle, who, according to the Dallas Voice, is...
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    12/15/2010 9:40:20 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 15, 2010, 9:11PM | BRADLEY OLSON
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    11/23/2010 12:45:45 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 33 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 22, 2010, 10:10PM | BRADLEY OLSON
    Mayor Annise Parker lashed out at an controversial annual study released Monday that placed Houston among the most dangerous cities in the United States with a population of 500,000 or higher. "Crime Rankings 2010-2011," published by CQ Press, ranks Houston's crime as ninth-highest for big cities nationwide, placing it on a list with the likes of Detroit and Columbus, Ohio., although the city has less than half the crimes per capita of those atop the rankings. Violent crime in Houston fell 8 percent during the first half of this year and was on a pace to reach the lowest rate...
  • Pastors: Anti-Discrimination Order 'Attack On Decency' - Houston News Story

    04/07/2010 11:42:48 PM PDT · by Def Conservative · 9 replies · 387+ views
    HOUSTON -- A group of pastors wants Mayor Annise Parker to rescind her orders that expand the city's anti-discrimination policy to allow transgendered employees to use city facilities based on their gender identity. Wednesday, April 7, 2010