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

Dana Underhill
Lordley Okarter
David Miller
Lisa Beach
Tom Skipper
Charles Bostock
Cathy Sheeren
Kimberley Moore
Larry Tilford
Deborah Haldenwang
William Dull
Luke Leeks
Aubryn McCarrell
david gautreau
Terry Money
Jeffrey Grider
John Lesondak
Jim Kent
Shaun Hammons
Stephen Boltinghouse
GOAL: 10,000 signatures

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  • SIGN PETITION: #HoustonWeHaveAProblem! @AnniseParker & @houstontxdotgov have subpoenaed pastors for sermons: #tcot
  • Dana Underhill
  • Lordley Okarter
  • David Miller
    Jesus said when you see the abomination that causes desolation, stand where it should not. Lift up your head and rejoice, Your redemption draws nigh.
  • Bobby moise
  • Lisa Beach
  • Dennis Ripka
  • Tim Glenn
    Can’t believe we’re even having this conversation. How did the city’s legal team even get this far? How did someone not ask, “Ummm…aren’t we stepping on some freedoms and liberties here?” Ridiculous. The entire council and mayor should be booted. Immediately. If they’re willing to stomp on religious freedom, a part of the backbone of this country, then they’re willing to stomp on anything.
  • Tom Skipper
  • Charles Bostock
  • Louise Barrett
  • SIGN PETITION: #HoustonWeHaveAProblem! @AnniseParker & @houstontxdotgov have subpoenaed pastors for sermons: #tcot
  • Cathy Sheeren
    Stop the Christian persecution!!
  • Kimberley Moore
  • Kenny Keeler
  • Larry Tilford
  • Deborah Haldenwang
  • William Dull
  • Luke Leeks
    We stand for God’s law. NOT man’s law! To God be all the Glory, and the power! Forever! Amen!
  • Aubryn McCarrell
  • david gautreau
  • Terry Money
  • SIGN PETITION: #HoustonWeHaveAProblem! @AnniseParker & @houstontxdotgov have subpoenaed pastors for sermons: #tcot
  • Jeffrey Grider
  • John Lesondak
  • John Ray
  • Jim Kent
  • Shaun Hammons
  • Stephen Boltinghouse