Houston, We Have a Problem!

Dear City of Houston,

Pastors have been at the very center of American society since even before our founding as a nation, and they remain an integral part of the lives of untold of millions of Americans today. They cheer us on when we succeed, lift us up when we fall, and pray with us in our darkest times of need. Pastors were leaders in the fight for American independence, pastors made the moral case to abolish slavery, pastors argued for women’s suffrage, pastors advocated for much needed child labor laws, and pastors – including one from Georgia whose life is celebrated by a new monument in Washington, DC – championed the cause of civil rights. During every national moment of crisis, we turn to our pastors for guidance, strength, and wisdom.

Our First Amendment protects freedom of speech and religion, which has made these significant accomplishments possible. If pastors had been silenced, if they had not been free to speak out on issues in our society, America would not be what it is today. In fact, America would not be.

We live in a rich, diverse society today. A society with differing viewpoints and beliefs, a society of open discourse in which tolerance makes it possible for us to disagree with respect. We also live in a society that values equality, including the notion that everyone has the right to publicly express deeply held beliefs without fear of persecution or reprisal. People of faith – who are a significant part of America’s rich rainbow of diversity – share the same fundamental rights as other groups.

Your legal actions against a group of respected clergy members in the city of Houston constitute aggressive bullying, the very offense from which you seek to protect another community in the city. This is unconstitutional, un-American, and the very height of hypocrisy.

By signing this petition, I stand with these valued faith leaders and demand that you cease and desist all bullying and other offensive actions against them. I also call on the City of Houston, in their quest to provide protection for LGBT citizens, to equally and explicitly acknowledge and ensure the equal rights of people of faith to live and express openly their deeply held religious beliefs. Furthermore, I ask that you apologize to the pastors, the people of Houston, and people of faith across the nation. Nobody should face persecution in America simply for what they believe. 

 

PS: Looking for more background information on the Houston pastors story? Visit our blog post.

Who's signing

Joan Beck
Doris Rogers
Alice Sievert
Colleen Gawryletz
Sharon Wolfe
George legaspi
Rebecca Powers
William Lovett
Dianna Grissette
Lenwood Smith II
Rose Marie Taflin
Richard Neece
Sharon Cappuccio
Patricia Schallot
Geneva Henexson
Dr. Samuel Wickard
David Rock
Daniel Canales
557 SIGNATURES
GOAL: 10,000 signatures

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  • Joan Beck
  • Doris Rogers
  • Michelle Caufield
  • SIGN PETITION: #HoustonWeHaveAProblem! @AnniseParker & @houstontxdotgov have subpoenaed pastors for sermons: #tcot
  • Alice Sievert
  • Colleen Gawryletz
    I think that privacy and information should be respected and that freedom of information should be upheld for Christians as well. The right to have a view / belief is a vital part of democracy and should be upheld.
  • Bill Dietrich
  • Carol E Fuoss
  • Sharon Wolfe
    Gods people must stand together and cling fast to our beliefs…that is OUR right!
  • George legaspi
    Shame on mayor….
  • Jennifer Poore
    Government overreach! She’s only a mayor and she’s pushing her agenda, she should be removed from office! As Mayor she was elected to represent all citizens!
  • Rebecca Powers
  • William Lovett
    A long and brutal war was fought from 1939 to 1945, in which millions of Americans, including my father, participated, to stop tyrannical governments from acting the way Houston officials are behaving. Another war was fought back in 1776. Was it all for nothing? Does it all have to be done over? Houston, behave!
  • Carol Winter
  • Dianna Grissette
  • Johnny Tiller
  • Hopeton C
  • Lenwood Smith II
  • Rose Marie Taflin
  • Richard Neece
  • Sharon Cappuccio
  • Susan Johnson
  • Patricia Schallot
  • SIGN PETITION: #HoustonWeHaveAProblem! @AnniseParker & @houstontxdotgov have subpoenaed pastors for sermons: #tcot
  • Geneva Henexson
  • Marcela Charlin
    It seems that our government believes in separation of church and state only when it is convenient for them. Everyone should have the right to freedom of speech. By the government stepping in and meddling in church affairs this way they are breaking two Constitutional laws: freedom of religion and freedom of speech.
  • Mary M
  • Dr. Samuel Wickard
    My heart is very heavy with what is going on in Houston right now!
  • David Rock
  • Daniel Canales