American Pastors Ordered to Turn Over Sermons for Review

“Turn Over Sermons, or Face Contempt of Court”

According to a report from FOX News, the city of Houston, Texas has demanded that pastors turn their sermons over to be reviewed. In yet another attack on religious liberty in America, “The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court. ‘The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,’ Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. ‘The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.’”

Settlement With the IRS?

Allen West explained back in July that a non-profit Atheist group had made an agreement with the IRS to crack down on churches. The Blaze stated, “The Internal Revenue Service has settled a lawsuit brought by a secular activist group, reportedly agreeing to adopt standards for determining and investigating whether churches and religious organizations have violated restrictions on political activity. The precise terms of the settlement are still unclear, as is how the IRS will amend its policies to enforce tax law on churches in a way that is palatable to the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which has long decried “rogue political churches.” Allen West now says that the demands on Houston pastors is a part of such agreements.

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Is This a Test?

In his report, Allen West shares that he feels the demands for sermons from Houston pastors is a test. He says, “This is the test case (and as it happens I was just in Houston last week and will be back next Monday) and this is unconscionable! However, if this case is successful, it will be replicated elsewhere — and where is the Left screaming out about First Amendment rights of these pastors: “Freedom of religion and the free exercise thereof?” Where is the ACLU? After all, they care so much about the rights of unlawful enemy combatants aka Islamic jihadists and terrorists.”

Attack on Religious Freedom

Bill of Rights Amendment I
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
As you can see, the 1st Amendment says absolutely nothing about freedom FROM religion. It is about freedom OF religion….or giving religions the freedom to worship, preach, and assemble in any way that they wish. The law is NOT allowed to prohibit the free exercise of religion or freedom of speech by telling pastors what they can and cannot preach.

What Do You Think?

Regardless of why they are demanding that pastors hand over their sermons to be reviewed, IT IS ILLEGAL for them to do so! Whether or not you agree with what a preacher is saying, the law gives him the right to say it. Political correctness has taken over this country and caused us all to be terrified of offending someone, but pastors simply cannot give in to this ridiculousness. It does not matter whether the sermon is about being gay, or stealing, or committing adultery, or murder, or lying, someone, somewhere will be offended. No one is forced to attend any certain church…if they cannot stand the heat of what is being preached, or if a sermon is against what an individual believes, that individual is free to get up and leave, but the government is NOT free to dictate what can and cannot be preached.

  • RationalJew

    Separation of church and state. Also, screw you if you’re homophobic.

    • Angela Kaye Mason

      ”Separation of Church and State”. So… you think that this is actually IN The Constitution? http://www.allabouthistory.org/separation-of-church-and-state.htm IT IS NOT! Read this exerpt from the preceeding link if you do not wish to read the whole article.

      “Separation of church
      and state” is a common metaphor that is well recognized. Equally well
      recognized is the metaphorical meaning of the church staying out of the state’s business and the state
      staying out of the church’s business. Because of the very common usage
      of the “separation of church and state phrase,” most people incorrectly
      think the phrase is in the constitution. The phrase “wall of separation
      between the church and the state” was originally coined by Thomas Jefferson
      in a letter to the Danbury Baptists on January 1, 1802. His purpose in
      this letter was to assuage the fears of the Danbury, Connecticut
      Baptists, and so he told them that this wall had been erected to protect
      them. The metaphor was used exclusively to keep the state out of the church’s business, not to keep the church out of the state’s business.

      The constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an
      establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
      Both the free exercise clause and the establishment clause place
      restrictions on the government concerning laws they pass or interfering
      with religion. No restrictions are placed on religions except perhaps
      that a religious denomination cannot become the state religion.”