Hundreds of Bibles have arrived at the office of Houston mayor Annise Parker in response to a demand by her office that a group of pastors turn over any sermons that discuss gender identity, homosexuality issues, the city’s newly implemented non-discrimination law or the mayor herself. The sending of the Bibles was encouraged by former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and TV-radio commentator Glenn Beck in protest of Parker’s demands on these local pastors. A spokesperson for the mayor’s office confirmed that between 500 and 1,000 Bibles have been received so far.
Last week, city attorneys with the Houston mayor’s office issued subpoenas to the five pastors demanding “all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.” Beck called this action “the most dangerous” he’d ever seen.
“This is not about equal rights,” Beck said. “This is about shutting people down. … People of faith are under attack. Our churches and our institutions, our pastors, our preachers, our priests, our rabbis are under attack.”
Huckabee said on his program that Parker “needs to apologize and start respecting all citizens, or at least have the integrity to resign.”
Parker told local media that she felt the protest was a “very productive way for folks who disagreed with our legal strategy to express that disagreement,” and she will be distributing the Bibles to local churches.