It is almost always alarming when people we elect to office, who vow to protect and preserve the constitution of the United States, get in office and then start acting like the constitution doesn’t exist. We have had such a case with the Mayor of Houston in the past week. My readers know that I will never pass up an opportunity to point out poor leadership for our “elected leaders”. I always hope that the lessons learned can be applied in our churches, where we often see more examples of poor leadership than anywhere else. As I have pointed out before, nowhere in the educational system for pastors is there a course on leadership. That might explain why there seem to be so many really poor leaders in our churches.
But, I digress. This post is about what happened in Houston this past week. It seems Houston is trying to pass an anti-discrimination ordinance similar to the one implemented in San Antonio this past spring. Houston’s mayor, a proudly professing lesbian, has been given the rap of demanding copies of sermons from preachers who have preached against that ordinance. I have not read the ordinance, but I understand it would permit people who were born male to use ladies rest rooms in Houston. San Antonio never quite got to that point, but they have passed an ordinance that would bar any preacher who preached against homosexuality from ever doing business with the city, or serving on a council, commission or committee of the city. Houston took it one step further, demanding sermons that would prove the preacher spoke out against what they believe is an abomination to God. Most of those preachers believed, as I do, that ordinances like this are intended to legitimize the gay and lesbian community, by punishing anyone who does not wish to see it legitimized.
What both these cities are doing is seeking to legislate what people should believe. I believe this is unconstitutional. One of these days it will actually be adjudicated by the courts, but not until somebody has been denied in their effort to work with the city in some way.
While Houston’s mayor did finally back down, even denying she had anything to do with the demand, you can be assured this will be her legacy. As a lesbian, she would legislate you and everyone else believing that homosexuality is O.K. and we should not speak against it. That last part, of course, is unconstitutional. No one can be stopped from speaking against what they believe God hates, which is the sin, not the sinner.
I just wonder why it is that so many elected officials, people who have pledged to defend, support and preserve the constitution, end up violating it.