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

Tanya Torres
Bruce Betrosoff
rose Edward
jerry allen
Bobby Couch
Tracy Hinkel
Roger Williams
Joanne Marquezez
Larry Thomas
charles deas
Becky Bazan
Jim Rogers
Jeff S. Murray
Deana Maurer
Bryan Measles
james Hartline
Tim Owen
Larry McFaddem
557 SIGNATURES
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  • Tanya Torres
  • Bridget hodges
  • heather ogden
  • Bruce Betrosoff
  • rose Edward
  • Linda Brown
  • jerry allen
  • SIGN PETITION: #HoustonWeHaveAProblem! @AnniseParker & @houstontxdotgov have subpoenaed pastors for sermons: #tcot
  • Milton Crosson
  • Richard Todd
  • Bobby Couch
  • Tracy Hinkel
    As a pastor I am outraged at this blatant overreach and abuse of power. We must not let this go unopposed…we must fight the good fight!
  • SIGN PETITION: #HoustonWeHaveAProblem! @AnniseParker & @houstontxdotgov have subpoenaed pastors for sermons: #tcot
  • Roger Williams
  • Joanne Marquezez
    Please read the First Amendment.
  • Larry Thomas
  • charles deas
  • Becky Bazan
  • Jim Rogers
  • Jeff S. Murray
  • Deana Maurer
  • Ralph Cardenas
  • Bryan Measles
  • james Hartline
    As a Pastor, I am alarmed at such an overt attempt by the city of Houston to silence the voices of the pastors there at a time when their voices are most needed. However, I have never been under any illusion about the growing unpopularity of the message of the Gospel or of the extent to which men might go to eradicate its proclamation. If scripture is any indication, I suspect it will get worse before it gets better, nevertheless, while I have the protection of the Constitution of the United States, I must protest the actions of the city of Houston as a direct assault on our religious freedom and I urge the immediate withdrawal of the subpoenas. The mayor may have assumed that the recent legal successes by LBGT activists signaled that the time was right for her to launch her own “intolerant” agenda. To that I would simply say, “Not yet!”
  • Robert J. Below
  • Tim Owen
  • Jane Rowe
  • Larry McFaddem
  • sergei nilov