Sign the Petition of Support and Stand for Religious Liberty
Houston Mayor Annise Parker issued an unprecedented legal demand that several key pastors turn over sermons, emails, and text messages, even communications with members of their congregations, under the threat of fines, imprisonment or both. The pastors that have been targeted are pastors who have spoken out against Parker's LGBT special rights ordinance.
Though she has now revoked the subpoenaes, Mayor Parker has breached the wall of separation between the state and the church. This attack on religious freedom and the freedom of speech should be universally repudiated by all Americans who value our constitutional freedoms.
Thomas Jefferson once wrote that "religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions." The pulpit is to be governed only by the Word of God, and the chilling effect of government scrutiny of our pastors is unconstitutional, and unconscionable. Mayor Parker's use of the bully pulpit to silence pulpit freedom is an abuse that must be stopped in its tracks.
We, the undersigned, stand unapologetically with the Houston pastors and their churches in support for the free speech of all people.