When it arrives to unlawful surveillance, it seems to be like the NSA has some competitors. In a tale that is producing Texans’ heads spin, the Houston P.C. police — the same Council that handed an LGBT ordinance this 12 months — is subpoenaing sermons, e-mails, and even textual content messages from regional pastors to see if they are advertising a voter referendum to overturn the measure.
The jaw-dropping transfer — a single in a long line of Houston’s “gotcha” govt — is only fanning the flames of outrage over the city’s totalitarian strategies. Even for Houston’s radical leadership, this is an affront to the simple language of the 1st Amendment, which not only offers churches the right to communicate freely but the folks foremost them as nicely! “City council members are meant to be community servants, not ‘Big Brother’ overlords who will tolerate no dissent or challenge,”stated Alliance Defending Freedom’s Erik Stanley. “In this situation, they have embarked on a witch-hunt, and we are asking the court docket to place a quit to it.”
Yesterday, ADF submitted a motion in court to quit the senseless monitoring of church buildings. “The message is very clear,” they describe, “oppose the determination of town federal government, and drown in unwarranted burdensome discovery requests… Not only will the pastors be harmed if these discovery requests are allowed, but the Individuals will suffer as nicely. The referendum method will turn into poisonous and the Men and women will be deprived of an critical check out on city government.”
It is a sad commentary on our instances that a nation launched by church leaders is making an attempt to muscle people exact same religious voices out of the political process. Certainly, there is no restrict to how lower the Remaining will stoop, and how several legal guidelines it will break, to impose its agenda on unwilling Americans.