The mayor of Houston recently subpoenaed local pastors for copies of their sermons. She’s not looking for inspiration; she’s looking for content her office can use in a legal case.
According to the Washington Post, “…The controversy erupted amid a battle over an ordinance, passed by the City Council in May, which allows people to use public bathrooms designated for use by the opposite sex. The measure is aimed at prohibiting discrimination based on “gender identity,” which is now a “protected characteristic” under Houston law.”
The mayor and her office are requesting a long list of documents and communications from the pastors. The list includes “all speeches, presentations, or sermons” related to the mayor and gender identity. Get the full story from the Washington Times.
One of my lifelong best friends, a pastor in Memphis, expressed a rather unusual opinion about the case. Rather than wailing and gnashing teeth, he suggested:
“Instead of denying the office sermons, every pastor in the nation, along with every Sunday school teacher, should mail their sermons, page by page, to (the Houston mayor’s office.”)
I have to admit I like his idea. It points out the utter ridiculousness of the entire situation without throwing any person, group or belief under the bus.
“If they want sermons, I say we give them sermons,” added Dave.
I’m not one to say “no” to the guy who quotes Monty Python movies better than I do, so here’s the mayor’s mailing address:
The Honorable Annise D. Parker
City of Houston
P.O. Box 1562
Houston, TX 77251
I’ve got copies of a few preschool Sunday School lessons that use gender identity words like “boys” and “girls.” Now to find my envelopes.