26 July 2013
by Dave Jolly
The San Antonio City Council is about to adopt an ordinance that could get any Christian arrested for preaching the Bible or sharing their faith. They are looking at passing some nondiscrimination ordinances that would make it a crime to exhibit or express any form of bias that could offend someone. The proposed ordinance says:
“No person shall be appointed to a position if the city council finds that such person has, prior to such proposed appointment, engaged in discrimination or demonstrated a bias, by word or deed, against any person, group or organization on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, age, or disability.”
Anyone found guilty of violating the new ordinance would be given a lifetime ban from being able to hold a city job, being involved with city government or even doing business with the city.
In other words, if a Christian works for the city as a garbage collector or street repair and they tell someone that the Bible says homosexuality is a sin, they could lose their job for expressing their bias. Or, if you contracted with the city to provide a service, say computer maintenance or repair and you quoted what the Bible says about homosexuality, you could lose your contract with the city.
Any pastor who stands in the pulpit and reads from Leviticus 18, 20 or Romans 1, could be found guilty of violating the nondiscriminatory ordinance and face the consequences. In fact, the ordinance would make it impossible for any good conservative Bible believing person, minister, church leader or lay person, to work for the city or run for any city office including the city council.
Clearly the ordinance violates the First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and religion. Opponents of the ordinance also point out that it violates Article VI, paragraph 3 of the US Constitution that states:
“No religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
They also claim that the nondiscriminatory ordinance violates the Texas Constitution and Texas Religious Freedom Act. Charles Flowers, Pastor of Faith Outreach International commented, saying:
“The ordinance … says that if you have at any point demonstrate[d] a bias – without defining what a bias is or who will determine whether or not one has been exercised – that you cannot get a city contract. Neither can any of your subcontractors [who have demonstrated a bias] sign on to the contract.”
Joe Conger of KHOU TV in Houston commented:
“Ever have a Paula Deen moment – make an off-color joke or hold a religious belief? [Pastor Steve] Branson [of Village Parkway Baptist Church] says keep it to yourself if you’re involved with San Antonio city government. Proposed changes to the anti-discrimination ordinance could get you fired.”
Seems to me that the people of San Antonio need to seriously consider who has been elected or appointed to the city council. If the council approves the ordinance, the citizens of San Antonio should launch recalls against all who voted for it. Conservatives and Christians need to start standing up for their rights and for their state and nation and stop allowing left-wing agenda oriented liberals from taking control.