Houston, We Have a Problem …

… with the First Amendment. A group of Christian ministers is suing the Houston city government over a so-called “human rights” ordinance. The Houston Chronicle reports that

[c]ity attorneys issued subpoenas last month during the case’s discovery phase, seeking, among other communications, “all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.”

Glenn Reynolds notes that they wouldn’t do that if they feared beheading.

If I were subject to such a subpoena, I would file to have it quashed as the Houston preachers have. If I had to respond to the subpoena, I would probably have to provide my copies of the Bible because of passages such as Leviticus 20:13 or Romans 1:26 … 32. I’d also have to turn in my copy of the Quran because of passages such as 7:80 … 84 which refers to the Biblical story of Sodom and cites homosexuality as a graver sin than adultery.


6 thoughts on “Houston, We Have a Problem …

  1. What we are not told is that the pastors being asked for their sermons aren’t even part of the lawsuit and it’s not just sermons. It gets worse. The city has issued subpoenas for their sermons and private communications with church members.

    This is over the city of Houston passing an ordinance that allows men to use women’s bathrooms, just like what’s been done here in California for public school bathrooms.


    • At least the private communications will be easy to dispense with. Claim privilege, tell the city attorneys to f— off, and file a 1982 action.

  2. I would stop going to any church that complied. Spending a night or two in jail over a matter of principle (not to mention in defence of the Constitution) is seriously underrated these days.

    I think this will turn out to be a world-class Dumbocrat FUBAR right before the November election.

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