As fair-minded Americans continue to reel from the unprecedented move by the city of Houston to bully and intimidate pastors, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has stepped into the fray.
Churches are being targeted in response to their opposition to Houston’s new non-discrimination ordinance that, in effect, allows citizens to use the restroom facility of their choice, regardless of gender.
According to Fox News, under the threat of being held in contempt of court, a group of pastors received subpoenas from the city demanding they “turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s openly lesbian mayor.”
The pastors have resisted and Cruz issued a statement Wednesday saying he joins the stand for religious liberty, calling the subpoenas a “grotesque abuse of power.”
“I’m proud to stand with the pastors,” Cruz said in the release. “Religious liberty is the very first protection in the Bill of Rights, the foundation of all our liberties.”
Cruz said the city’s demand that pastors turn over to them 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,” he added. “This is wrong. It’s unbefitting of Texans, and it’s un-American.”
Cruz tweeted a link to a Breitbart News article on his position, along with the hashtag: #StandWithPastors. The tweet included an image of a Bible, and a familiar caption: “Come And Take It.”
As might be expected, it drew plenty of support from his followers:
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 16, 2014
@tedcruz Love love love the pic.
— RedBrightandTrue (@RedBrightandTru) October 16, 2014
— Arizona Luke (@ArizonaLuke) October 16, 2014
Houston Mayor attack on Houston Churches is eerie similar to what Hitler did in the ’30s #StandWithPastors
— Blake Hall (@blakehalltexas) October 16, 2014
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