Do you think it’s okay for the government
to subpoena a pastor’s sermons?
In October 2014, a Houston mayor subpoenaed sermons of pastors who opposed her “anti-discrimination” ordinance, which would have allowed biological men to enter women’s restrooms and locker rooms. The pastors fought back. The mayor dropped the subpoenas. The mayor’s ordinance was defeated at the polls with 62% of the vote.
In October 2016, Georgia’s Attorney General subpoenaed the sermons and transcripts of a lay pastor, saying his sermons could be proof that he was unfit to work as a District Health Director for the Georgia Department of Public Health. A state official asked the pastor to submit copies of his sermons for review. The lay pastor complied, and two days later, he was fired from his state job. Now, this pastor is fighting back and suing the State of Georgia. The State of Georgia wants this pastor’s sermons.
This is not New York or California – these cases have happened in the Bible Belt! We don’t live in Mayberry anymore, so we need to stop acting like it.
This Friday, let’s talk about free speech and religious liberty as Grassroots America Kicks off the New Year with a presentation from Texas Values.
Date: Friday, January 6, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM – 1 PM. Featured speaker begins at noon.
Place: Lakeview Church of the Nazarene, 10818 University Blvd., Tyler
No cost to attend. Public welcome. Bring a lunch or purchase Subway sandwich on site.
The program will be presented by representatives of Texas Values, a public-policy partner of Focus on the Family and a recognized affiliate of the Family Research Council.
The Texas Values mission is to preserve and advance a culture of family values in the state of Texas. Through effective education, research, and issue advocacy, Texas Values speaks up for faith, family, and freedom through public policy, grassroots mobilization, and standing for truth in media.
Topic: Priorities for the 85th legislative session, including discussion of legislation aimed at protecting pastors’ sermons from government scrutiny and defending the right of people to speak, express, and exercise their faith in public and private without government interference or workplace retribution in the public arena, schools, and churches of Texas.
Why are we talking about this now? The mission of Grassroots America is to unite, educate, and empower citizens to influence government officials to preserve and advance the Great Cause of Liberty for current and future generations. The Texas Legislature convenes its 85th regular session on January 10, 2017. The regular session runs for 140 days. The fight to protect your liberty, your property, and your wallet is on!