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10-15-2014, 07:15 PM
Rand Paul defends Houston pastors under attack

by Doug Wead
October 15, 2014

“No minister, anywhere, should ever have to submit a sermon to a government censor.” – Senator Rand Paul

Only minutes ago, Senator Rand Paul spoke up for the Houston pastors who have become the latest target in the city government’s ongoing war against its own churches. Messaging on Twitter, Senator Paul declared, “The First Amendment doesn’t exist to keep religion out of government. It exists to keep government out of religion.” Said Paul, “I stand with the pastors and churches in Houston against government interference and harassment.”

Houston city attorneys, under the direction of Mayor Annise Parker, have now subpoenaed sermons preached by selected pastors whom they believe are opposed to the city’s new agenda.

Here is a quick review of the unfolding drama in Houston.


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10-15-2014, 07:22 PM

10-15-2014, 07:34 PM
damn she b busted up!

l00ka lyke a batman villain!

no wonder she mad XD

10-15-2014, 07:41 PM
Good. I was hoping Rand would comment on this. This is smart.

10-15-2014, 11:48 PM
Serious question: Why isn't Doug Wead a featured columnist on one of the top conservative blogs/sites like Breitbart, TheFederalist, DailyCaller, TheAmericanConservative, TheBlaze, etc. ??

Given how good he is at persuading/engaging all types Republicans (and liberty-minded Americans) on all the big "Rand Paul" issues, why aren't all the sites listed above (plus any others I forgot to include) fighting to have him as a regular contributor?? Few other writers are capable of explaining+framing an issue like Wead can with his homespun, happy warrior, open-minded/non-judgmental style.

Does he just not want to write for any of the major sites or are they not asking him to do so??

If the latter,
1.) why the heck not??
2.) Rand & Co. should be trying to get him placed on one of the majors ASAP so that by summer 2015, Wead is in a position in terms of readership and reputation to help champion, defend and/or shape the "narrative" on Rand.

The GOP establishment, MSM and neocons will each have their best/most-ruthless attack dogs working 24/7 to take down Rand. Who will we/Rand have to confront and/or counter-attack them??

We we don't need many - just a few more SFOs like Antle, Raimondo, Greenwald, Wead, Friedersdorf, Hunter, etc. and we should be good to go :cool:

10-16-2014, 12:20 PM
Apparently, that recent lack of Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage set some of these people into full blown rage mode, as in, they can do whatever they want from here on in. There is a war on Christianity in Houston.:D

10-16-2014, 01:23 PM
I wish my name was Doug Weed.

10-16-2014, 01:38 PM
I wish my name was Doug Weed.

I wish my name was Weed Doug.

10-16-2014, 01:43 PM
Apparently, that recent lack of Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage set some of these people into full blown rage mode, as in, they can do whatever they want from here on in. There is a war on Christianity in Houston.:D

Anise Parker went out of state to marry her partner. It's no secret she was pissed she couldn't do it here. She has brought her personal agenda into her office.

r3volution 3.0
10-17-2014, 03:51 PM
This is very troubling - I'm somewhat shocked that they would be so bold...

If the general public has any sense at all (I know: tall order) these brutish tactics will backfire on the LGBTLMNOP degenerates.

Christian Liberty
10-17-2014, 04:37 PM
Apparently, that recent lack of Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage set some of these people into full blown rage mode, as in, they can do whatever they want from here on in. There is a war on Christianity in Houston.:D

People getting locked up for years on end for smoking a plant? Meh, who cares.

Gay people not getting a government license? OMG its Jim Crow all over again! Bigots!:mad:

10-17-2014, 04:49 PM
The latest


HOUSTON -- Houston city attorneys are no longer seeking through subpoenas sermons from five pastors who publicly opposed an ordinance banning discrimination against gay and transgender residents.

Mayor Annise Parker said Friday that the city was backing off the sermon request but would not withdraw the subpoenas, which seek other information from the pastors as part of a lawsuit over a petition drive to repeal the equal rights ordinance.

"They were too broad," Parker said at a news conference. "They were typical attorney language in a discovery motion. They were asking for everything but the kitchen sink."

While the word "sermons" was being deleted from the subpoenas, the revised request for other speeches or presentations was appropriate, Parker said.

"This is not about what anyone is preaching; this is not about their religion; it's not about the free exercise of religion," she said. "It is our right to defend the city and asking legitimate questions about the petition process."

In May, the City Council passed the equal rights ordinance, which consolidates city bans on discrimination based on sex, race, age, religion and other categories and increases protections for gay and transgender residents. Parker, who is gay, and other supporters said the measure is about offering protections at the local level against all forms of discrimination in housing, employment and services provided by private businesses such as hotels and restaurants.

Religious institutions are exempt, but city attorneys recently subpoenaed the pastors, seeking all speeches, presentations or sermons related to the repeal petition.

Christian activists had sued after city officials ruled they didn't collect enough signatures to get the question on the ballot. The city secretary initially counted enough signatures, but then city attorney David Feldman ruled that more than half of the pages of the petition were invalid.

Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian religious rights legal organization that filed the motion to quash the subpoenas, said the city "still doesn't get it."

"It thinks that by changing nothing in its subpoenas other than to remove the word 'sermons' that it has solved the problem," Stanley said. "That solves nothing."

Subpoenas still demand 17 different categories of information that encompass speeches made by the pastors and private communications with their church members, he said.

"They must be rescinded entirely," Stanley said, contending the city needs to respect First Amendment religious freedoms.

Feldman said that the subpoenas were routine in the give-and-take between lawyers in a lawsuit and that the now-contentious matter could have been defused in negotiations involving attorneys for both sides.

"They decided to make it a media circus," he said.

The controversy has touched a nerve among religious conservatives around the country, already anxious about the rapid spread of gay rights and what it might mean for faith groups that object. Religious groups, including some that support civil rights protections for gays, have protested the subpoenas as a violation of religious freedom.


10-17-2014, 05:44 PM
Do Mosques have to send sermons too?