Tyranny Checked

Bryan Preston reports over at PJ Media that Houston Mayor’s Annise Parker’s subpoenas seeking sermons and other communications by church pastors related to resistance to the Houston “equal rights” ordinance allowing, among other things, men to use women’s restrooms will be “clarified.” In other words, the PR cost of her heavy-handed thuggery is too great.

Actually, asking for sermons should not be a problem. After all, sermons are generally public proclamations. The real problem is that internal church communications are also sought, and that may cross the line defined by pastoral counseling privilege.

When the people in the gay rights movement were essentially focused on their right to be left alone to do things in private, their cause had some traction with folks who didn’t agree with their private behavior. Now that some LGBTQs demand that their public behavior be allowed or even endorsed, there is increasing resistance. The need to resort to bullying such as Mayor Parker’s subpoenas shows the inherent weakness of their cause.

UPDATE—Stacy McCain has some comments here.

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.

Hmmmmm.