You read that headline right, and it’s time to start calling these people out. Earlier Wednesday, I reported at Examiner that Annise Parker, the first lesbian mayor of Houston, Texas, is demanding pastors hand over sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender issues and, yes, even her.
Pastors who refuse can find themselves in contempt of court if they do not obey her subpoena. You read that right. Parker and other city officials want to scrutinize what pastors say from the pulpit. But that’s not all. They also want to know what those pastors said to others.
In short, religious freedom, freedom of speech and the First Amendment has been nullified in Houston. With a subpoena.
Parker wouldn’t say why she wants the sermons, but she did address it on Twitter:
It didn’t go over very well:
@AnniseParker It is called Free Speech! Nobody is forced to go to church! They can preach what they want! Aren't you trying to do the same?
— penny green (@penne59) October 15, 2014
Not any more. The Constitutional right to free speech takes second fiddle to gay issues these days.
@AnniseParker I'm as died-in-the-wool liberal, secular, LGBT-loving as they come, and I think you may have crossed the line here.
— Andrew Ewert (@acewert) October 15, 2014
Of course she wouldn’t.
This is something you’d expect to see in Red China, Cuba, the former USSR or Nazi Germany, not America. But it seems liberals like Parker are determined to turn America into a totalitarian nightmare where only certain people are allowed to speak.
Todd Starnes noted on Facebook:
BREAKING NEWS: Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is calling on the city of Houston to immediately withdraw the subpoenas against the pastors.
I have an exclusive copy of the attorney general’s statement and will be discussing momentarily on The Kelly Files.
“Whether you intend it to be so or not, your action is a direct assault on the religious liberty guaranteed by the First Amendment,” Abbott wrote. “Your aggressive and invasive subpoenas show no regard for the very serious First Amendment considerations at stake.”
As of 9:21 p.m. eastern – the city had not rescinded the subpoenas.
Therefore, Annise Parker, the Mayor of Houston, Texas, is our first Liberal Nazi of the Day.
Subpoena that, mayor.