The opening shot in the final struggle for western culture was fired this week by the City of Houston. Led by Annise Parker, the lesbian mayor who married Kathy Hubbard in Palm Springs, California earlier this year, city attorneys “subpoenaed sermons given by local pastors who oppose homosexuality.” According to the 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 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, “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.
It began when the city of Houston passed a controversial non-discrimination ordinance which would allow males to use the ladies room, and vice versa. A subsequent opposition petition was thrown out on a supposed technicality. After a lawsuit was filed against the ordinance the city responded with the subpoena for sermons.
What shall we say to these things?
First, let all take note of the nature of the Homosexual Movement in America. Bent on absolutely destroying our culture, the homosexual agenda in America includes the complete dismantling of any vestige of Christianity. It is at its core a hard-nosed political movement which, along with its leader, Barack Obama, desires a fundamental transformation of America.
This is important to bear in mind since shallow-thinking commentators from the left and the right continue to drone on about how two homosexuals “living next door” in peace will not harm anyone else from their own home. This drivel is about as sophomoric as it comes. The entire issue is NOT about “living in peace” and dignity. It is about transforming the fabric of our culture into a Gestapo state that prosecutes any “speech” that the cultural leaders find objectionable. Homosexuality has never been about “live and let live.” Anyone who casually reads their literature knows this to be the case.
Pink totalitarian tactics is also what Obama himself has already practiced. When he initially took office the president refused to enforce the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) laws and further mandated that foreign countries demonstrate “homosexual rights” before receiving any unconstitutional foreign aid money. The entire atmosphere of Obama’s America is antagonistic to godliness and the freedom that springs therefrom. It is only in this claustrophobic climate of political correctness that such stifling of free speech can thrive. This is Obama’s Houston.
Second, Houston’s mandate against preachers demonstrates why it is not the business of government to define HATE. Republicans as well as Democrats have foolishly legislated against “Hate Crimes” in America. Violent acts against the person of another are easily discerned by our law code. But what about “hate?” What about “anger?” This reaches into motive and depends upon who is doing the defining.
According to the FBI “Hate Crimes” add an element of bias to crimes which is declared to be “toxic to our communities.” They cite lynchings and cross-burnings as examples. The problem with enhancing penalties to a “lynching” for example, based upon the “hateful” motive of the one doing the lynching, is that sooner or later our culture will begin to penalize the motive itself and begin proscribing what it considers to be the instigator of that particular crime: Speech and expressed thought. Now we not only have “enhanced penalties” for “hate crimes” but an entire separate category of “crime.” Hate. But this all depends upon who is doing the defining, doesn’t it? Now, reading Romans chapter one fits into that category.
Third, this is the very reason the framers of our country mandated by Constitutional Law a limited federal government. Even though the city of Houston is obviously not the federal government, the same scenario is being played out at the federal level, as noted above. The strong arm of the government might lend a benevolent hand. But that again depends upon the nature of those in leadership positions. Once those positions morph into “power positions” instead of “service positions” all are at the complete mercy of those in power. To repeat: this is exactly why the Founders of our nation consciously created a small central government with limited functions. As Jefferson stated, “In questions of power … let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution” (Kentucky Resolutions, 1798). Unfortunately, we have not heeded well.
Fourth, consider possible ramifications at a practical level. Will churches be forced to turn in Bibles? After all, the Bible itself is the source material for sermons showing the sin of homosexuality. Will Annise Parker, the mayor, begin confiscating Bibles? Shall we send her some with the appropriate passages highlighted?
Will the city fathers and mothers of Houston be examining what is being preached in the mosques? Will Islam come under fire on this one? Probably not, since terrorists are sprouting in these facilities and the Obama Administration has already declared a “hands off” policy there.
Does the city sweep include guest preachers who have visited Houston churches but who live elsewhere? Speaking of elsewhere, will other cities follow suit and begin their own purges? Will government overseers begin “policing the pulpit?”
It is truly heart-wrenching that not only is America turning into a Gestapo-state right before our eyes, but many preachers have not been vocal enough. They have already stuffed a sock in their mouths. One of my collegiate instructors of yesteryear would ask in class, “If there was a bloody persecution against the church and Christians, would there be enough evidence to convict YOU?” Regrettably, many will have to answer: ‘No, there is not.’ The hour is late. It is time for men of God to rise up and preach boldly, subpoena or no subpoena.