**UPDATE** 4:30PM 10/16
Apparently tptb expect to rewrite the subpoenas to make them more "legal". Time will tell. They are less experienced at ignoring our Constitution than the kenyan and his 534 minions. The Tx Atty. Gen. has weighed in now(video link).
video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=08UFGR8R5BA
early AM 10/16
Houston Pastors respond to the encroachment of their 1st Amendment Rights here.
The sparring has begun. The immediate question is: does the city back down now and seek other punitive measures against these religious renegades or does it bore head-on into a Constitutional fight? Beyond that, how does the city save face if it backs down? Will the "big gins" of the homosexual movement step in and take the fight over and ratchet things up even higher?
Watch for the term "hate speech crimes" to be bantered about. Intimidation is a huge game piece for the lgbt crowd. It's altogether possible that behind-the-scenes "negotiations" are taking place wherein "certain actions" could be withdrawn if certain parties were to make certain statements regarding the "bathroom bill" and lifestyles perceived as less than appropriate.
It's still about survival. They have openly declared war. There can be no turning back now. My position is still to sue the crap out of all parties concerned with making and passing such a ludicrous measure. This goes for any and all who would attempt to enforce it as well.
More as it becomes available.
Years ago I believed that this day would come all the while hoping it would not be in my day. It has been coming faster and closer with every passing moment since the fraudulent positioning of a foreign national in our White House. We've known for sometime that the optics have been dropped in light of the full court press to remove all our rights.
The war is now declared:
"The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors
turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or
Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those
ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court."
What would be her means and method of ferreting out any withholders? SWAT? Plants(informants) within the congregation who would "blow the whistle"?
And then this later in the article:
“City council members are supposed to be public servants, not ‘Big
Brother’ overlords who will tolerate no dissent or challenge,” said ADF
attorney Erik Stanley."
Here's the link if you've not yet read it.
The first quote is our present reality. The second wishful thinking. There is a distinct difference. If you can't/don't/won't believe it, there's no helping you at this point. Nor do I care to waste any time on you. Time is assuredly of the essence. I'm against casting pearls before swine.(Matthew 7:6)
I am one of those dinosaur divines who still believe in the rightness or wrongness of certain issues and one of them is non-compliance with such a tyrannical declaration. She is wrong - and so is caving to such outrageous demands. They will, in some cases, be counseled to "reconsider" with all of the typical excuses. Among them is "the church needs you there", or " you can't lead the flock from a jail cell", or "consider that they may remove your tax-exempt status".... the list continues. Then there's the "public exposure" of their opposition to an accepted, progressive topic. Lawsuits will then follow the open shaming with the intent of financially breaking the targeted church. Right is for each man to stand and for each congregation/parish to stand with and behind their respective pastor. NOTE - there will be some who will surrender. Look for those who do to possibly make public apologetic statements for their previous stand against certain lifestyles.
I would ask that judgement be withheld as they(we all) have a Judge greater than anyone living on this corrupt orb. Some choices for some folks are simply too hard due to the cost. Remember too, each of us has a point beyond which we will not go.
From this point forward, lawsuits should be avalanching the mayor's office and each member of the city counsel. ALL should be made to understand that the Constitution she uses to protect her lifestyle, was also designed to protect ours. Time will tell if such is indeed still true. While hopeful of it, I'm not naive. I'm again reminded of Nehemiah's address to the Jews when facing fierce opposition while rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem:
Nehemiah 4:14 "And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses."(emphasis added)
It's about survival.