By Joe Carter, Acton Institute PowerBlog
Earlier this month the city of Houston sent out a subpoena to five area pastors demanding to see:
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.
Houston mayor Annise Parker even appeared to support the measure, saying on her Twitter account, “If the 5 pastors used pulpits for politics, their sermons are fair game. Were instructions given on filling out anti-HERO petition?”
But after a national outcry — that included hundreds of Bibles being sent to her office — the mayor has decided to change her position. Today she announced she’s withdrawing the subpoenas …
Do not let your guard down on this effort to intimidate clergy by use of subpoenas. These folks will be back because they cannot abide genuine dissent.