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

Traci Pearson
Murphy Patterson
Janice Crow
Debbi Braswell
shawn Hoffman
Helen Jones
Gaynell Stephens
Tim Yates
alexis romero
Jamie Brown
charles odom
Adam Hotchkiss
Michele Smith
Dianne Roberts
Joe Delacerda
Camilla Stoddard
Midge Devaney
GOAL: 10,000 signatures

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  • Traci Pearson
  • Darice Johnson
  • Murphy Patterson
    “Let not your heart be troubled.” It’s time for citizens of Houston to rally and vote out the mayor and the un-Godly officials out of office. I encourage faith in action. God bless all pastors and city of Houston.
  • Mavis Kennon
  • Janice Crow
  • Debbi Braswell
  • shawn Hoffman
    I personally believe this is an abuse of power. Not to mention vindictive.
  • Helen Jones
    Give the judge the Bible and tell him that every sermon that you ever preached, is in there.
  • Debra Holzman
    Shame on the Luciferians/Satanists in politics who are trying to advance their evil agenda by stifling Christian expression— what are they afraid of?
  • Glen Knowles
  • Gaynell Stephens
  • Jackie Down
  • randy guey-mock
  • Tim Yates
  • alexis romero
  • Jamie Brown
  • Joan Gladden
  • charles odom
  • Jennifer tichy
  • Adam Hotchkiss
  • Marsha Hamilton
  • Michele Smith
  • Dianne Roberts
  • Gena Wallis
  • Jody McCann
  • Joe Delacerda
  • Camilla Stoddard
  • Olen Tanner
    This is just another action that lets Christians know that it want be much longer before Jesus returns for His church.
  • Midge Devaney
  • James Araki