The city of Houston has issued subpoenas for the sermons of pastors who may have preached about Homosexuality, gender identity, or the city's openly gay Mayor Annise Parker.
The Mayor is trying to establish and build a case against various churches in Houston. She is trying to accuse the pastors of engaging in politics from the pulpit. If she can build a case that they have engaged in politics, she can fight to have their tax exempt status revoked. Mayor Annise Parker wants to shut the mouths of churches and exclude them from any and all political and cultural discussions. This is a real threat to religious liberty and freedom of speech, because she intends to shut down the churches who refuse to comply with her dictates.
Subpoena The Pastor's Sermons?
The idea is that churches are to refrain from politically motivated speech, and in her mind, any talk about homosexuality or about her as a practicing homosexual, constitutes a breach of law requiring churches to non-political in their speech.
Matthew 22:37-40 "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets".
The questions emerge. How do we judge this guy? And "what are the criteria for evaluating forms of artistic expression? Controversy in an of itself is bound to illicit some sort of response. There is a snowball effect in mob thinking. But what I have seen in the numerous comments and choosing of sides teaming up, is a notable lack of clear thinking and Biblical material.
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