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Government oversight of sermons?

This doesn’t have anything to do with homeschooling, but it is scary to think that there are those in government anywhere in this nation who want to exercise some kind of control over what is preached in churches.

Bob Unruh of World Net Daily published an article “Houston demands oversight of sermons: Campaign against pastors called ‘Big Brother overlords’ on a ‘witch hunt’: on Oct. 13, 2014.  It begins:

Officials with the city of Houston, Texas, who are defending a controversial ordinance that would allow men to use women’s restrooms now have demanded to see the sermons preached by several area pastors.

The recent move came in a subpoena from the city to pastors for copies of their sermons and other communications in the city’s legal defense of a “non-discrimination” measure that allows “gender-confused” people to use public restrooms designated for the opposite sex.

A lawsuit challenging Houston’s move alleges the city violated its own charter in its adoption of the Equal Rights Ordinance, which in May designated homosexuals and transgender persons as a protected class.

After indicating that Alliance Defending Freedom is opposing this move, the article continues:

ADF Litigation Counsel Christiana Holcomb said the city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is needless and unprecedented.

“The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions. Political and social commentary is not a crime; it is protected by the First Amendment,” she said.

While the public submitted more than three times the legally required number of petition signatures to require city action, and the city secretary certified the number as sufficient, the mayor and city attorney “defied” the law and rejected the certification, ADF said.

“The message is clear: oppose the decisions of city government, and drown in unwarranted, burdensome discovery requests,” said a brief in support of the motion to quash. “These requests, if allowed, will have a chilling effect on future citizens who might consider circulating referendum petitions because they are dissatisfied with ordinances passed by the city council.

You can read the rest of the article at:

http://www.wnd.com/2014/10/major-u-s-city-demands-oversight-of-sermons/

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