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Pat Robertson: Gay Rights Advocates 'are Terrorists...Radicals...and Extremists' — VIDEO

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Last week, the right-wing freaked out over subpoenas sent to Houston area pastors for "all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession."

HERO, is Houston's LGBT-inclusive Equal Rights Ordinance and the subpoenas, which were acknowledged to be too broad by Mayor Annise Parker and were issued by outside attorneys working for the city pro bono, were being used to find out if there were specific instructions from area pastors to their congregations about how to fill out the petitions for putting the ordinance up for public referendum.

Of course this fit well into the right-wing's religious persecution meme, and here's how Robertson reacted (again) on his show today, Right Wing Watch reports:

It’s one thing to want to persuade somebody to believe like you do, that’s what Christianity is about, to bring the Gospel message and say this is good news and we’d like you to accept it. It’s something else to take the arm of the government to force somebody to do something that is against, contrary to their religion, and that’s what these homosexuals are trying to do. They are trying to force people who are Christians to marry them or else face jail, to make cakes honoring them or else go to jail and give their sermons over and divulge their innermost thoughts or go to jail, that’s the kind of thing we’re dealing with.

These people are terrorists, they’re radicals and they’re extremists...

Added Pat: "What’s being done in Houston is a gay—the woman they elected is a homosexual, she’s a lesbian, and she’s trying to force pastors to conform to her beliefs."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Mike Huckabee Wants to Send Houston Mayor 'Thousands' of Bibles to Stop Her 'Political Genocide' Against Christians: VIDEO

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Continuing the right-wing uproar over Houston's subpoena of local anti-gay pastors tied to a lawsuit against the city's LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance, Mike Huckabee directed "every pastor in America" to send their sermons to mayor Annise Parker and every viewer to send her a Bible. 

Said Huckabee on his Fox News program:

The Houston case reminds us how rapidly our country is being taken over by intolerant despots who will unleash a form of political genocide against Christians who still cling to their Bibles and refuse to bow their knee to the false gods of hate and religious bigotry. The Houston mayor and her ilk, like mayors in Chicago and Boston who tried to prevent businesses opening in their city because the business owners were bible believing Christians, well she needs to apologize and start respecting all citizens - or at least have the integrity to resign. They shouldn't expect taxpayers to fund hate-filled, gestapo-like tactics to openly attempt ot shut down the free exercise of religion and attempt to establish a religion of godless secularism. 

Watch Huckabee's rant and call to arms, AFTER THE JUMP...

[h/t The Daily Signal]

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Ted Cruz Slams Houston Mayor Annise Parker's 'Shocking and Shameful' Subpoena of Anti-gay Pastors: VIDEO

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Joining the chorus of right-wing figures having a meltdown over the city of Houston's subpoena of local pastors tied to a lawsuit against the city's LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance, Texas Senator Ted Cruz blasted mayor Annise Parker's so-called efforts to "silence prayers."

Said Cruz in a statement:

Parker"The City of Houston’s subpoenas demanding that pastors provide the government with copies of their sermons is both shocking and shameful.  For far too long, the federal government has led an assault against religious liberty, and now, sadly, my hometown of Houston is joining the fight.  This is wrong.  It's unbefitting of Texans, and it's un-American.  The government has no business asking pastors to turn over their sermons.  These subpoenas are a grotesque abuse of power, and the officials who approved them should be held accountable by the people.  The Mayor should be ashamed.  And we should all be proud to stand up and defend the pastors who are resisting these blatant attempts to suppress their First Amendment rights."

Of course, contrary to the narrative that Cruz is trying to cook up, Parker has already acknowledged the subpoenas issued by outside attorneys working for the city pro bono were too broad and were merely being used to find out if there were specific instructions given during sermons about how to fill out the petitions for putting the ordinance up for a public referendum.

Cruz also sat down with Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody to talk about his hopes that this story serves as a "wake-up call" for Christians to realize how America is quickly going down the path towards jailing pastors for speaking out against gay marriage. 

Watch the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Right-Wing Freaks Out Over Houston's Subpoena of Pastors' Role in City's Equal Rights Ordinance Case: VIDEOS

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Back in August we reported that anti-gay activists in Houston had failed in their efforts to collect enough signatures for a ballot measure that would place Houston's LGBT-inclusive Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) up for a public referendum. The activists (which included local pastors) proceeded to sue the city over the rejection of signatures and a court date was set for January 2015. 

Then, earlier this week, it was revealed city attorneys had subpoenaed local pastors tied to the lawsuit for "all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession."

Parker, for her part, acknowledged the subpoenas were too broad and clarified they were issued by outside attorneys working for the city pro bono, New York reports:

ParkerThey were looking into what instructions pastors gave out to those collecting signatures for a referendum on the non-discrimination law. (What exactly the pastors said, and what the collectors knew about the rules, is one of the key issues in pending litigation around whether opponents of the law gathered enough signatures for a referendum.)

"There's no question, the wording was overly broad. But I also think there was some deliberate misinterpretation on the other side," Parker said at a press conference Wednesday. "The goal is to find out if there were specific instructions given on how the petitions should be accurately filled out. It's not about, 'What did you preach on last Sunday?'" 

As you can imagine, right-wing commentators pounced on the story as the latest example of religious liberties being crushed under the supposed tyranny of LGBT equality. 

Check out their crazed, knee-jerk reactions, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Court Battle Over Houston's LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance Pushed Back to January

The court battle over Houston's LGBT non-discrimination ordinance has been pushed back to January 2015, meaning that voters will not be able to vote on the measure this November.

ParkerEarlier this month we reported that anti-gay activists had failed in efforts to collect enough signatures for a ballot measure that would place the city's recently-passed Equal Rights Ordinance up for a public referendum.

Petition backers then proceeded to sue the city.

Houston's News 92 FM reports:

[Judge Robert] Schaffer also moved the ordinance should not be enforced until after that trial, with supporters and opponents in unanimous agreement.

Opponents of the ordinance gathered signatures believing they had enough to get the issue on the ballot.

They came up almost 2,000 names short, according to Houston Mayor Annise Parker and city’s attorney.

On Friday, opponents of the ordinance dropped their request for a temporary injuction that could have triggered a repeal referendum in November. 


Anti-Gay Activists Sue Houston Over Rejection of Petition Signatures to Repeal City's Equal Rights Ordinance

On Monday we reported that anti-gay activists had failed in efforts to collect enough signatures for a ballot measure that would place Houston's recently-passed Equal Rights Ordinance up for a public referendum.

WoodfillNow the petitions backers are suing the city, the Houston Chronicle reports:

Plaintiff and conservative activist Jared Woodfill said his group is asking a state district judge to declare that City Secretary Anna Russell followed her legal duty and verified a sufficient number of signatures to force a referendum before City Attorney David Feldman illegally inserted himself into the process.

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"If he felt there were underlying problems with the petition then he, like us, has the right to file a lawsuit if he doesn't agree with what the city secretary did," Woodfill said. "Going in before she's ever made the decision and influencing her is inappropriate, it's illegal and we believe the court will agree with us and that folks will have their voices heard in November on this issue."

Feldman declined to comment until he had seen a copy of the lawsuit, but earlier Tuesday disputed the idea that his involvement crossed any ethical or legal lines.

Petitioners were expected to fight the rejection of their signatures. Mayor Annise Parker had no comment about the lawsuit.


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