No More Subpoenaed Sermons: Texas Bill Approves Protection for Pastors

The Texas House chamber during Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's State of the State speech earlier this year. Associated Press/Photo by Eric Gay
The Texas House chamber during Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s State of the State speech earlier this year.
Associated Press/Photo by Eric Gay

Texas lawmakers are ensuring pastors and religious freedom remain protected in the Lone star State.

The pastor protection bill that passed the House and Senate, and will become law with the governor’s signature, comes after pastors in Houston were targeted last year during a lawsuit filed against the city and its lesbian mayor.

The pastors, known as the “Houston Five” by supporters, drew attention to a petition drive denied by the City of Houston and the lawsuit that followed. The petition’s backers sued Houston but the city, responding to the suit, subpoenaed local pastors for copies of sermons that supported the petition or simply criticized homosexuality.

Mayor Annise Parker withdrew the subpoeanas last fall amid nationwide outcy that the pastors were victims of homosexual activism.

Jonathan Saenz of Texas Values Action says other Texas pastors are facing similar harassment, including being asked to perform same-sex marriages.

“And so that has put pastors in a very difficult position,” says Saenz. “And also it causes distraction from the work that they do best, which is providing for the members of their church and being a blessing to the community.”

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SOURCE: OneNewsNow.com
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