U.S. city looks to penalize Bible believers

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Bob Unruh   WND

Think it’s hot in Texas these days? Just wait a few weeks, until the San Antonio City Council ends its summer hiatus and resumes work on a proposed change to its  nondiscrimination ordinances that apparently will discriminate against all who take the Bible at its word and follow it.

That’s because the change creates a penalty for those who ever exhibit a “bias,” which clearly could include adopting the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality, with a permanent ban on participation in city government, business or employment.

U.S. city looks to penalize Bible believers

Opponents of the plan, which would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the nondiscrimination ordinances, charge it is a violation of constitutional Article VI, paragraph 3, which states, “[N]o religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

The opponents explain that the ordinance would bar anyone from office who has “demonstrated a bias” against someone based on categories that include “sexual orientation.”

The proposal, however, does not define “bias,” which, according to local church leaders, could mean someone who declares homosexual behavior is sinful.

The new ordinance would state: “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 in office who demonstrates a bias would be considered guilty of “malfeasance” and removed from office.

Church leaders who oppose the proposed change argue it violates First Amendment rights to freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of association. It also violates, they say, the Texas Religious Freedom Act and the Texas Constitution.

Pastor Charles Flowers of Faith Outreach International, who has been alerting city residents about the issue, told OneNewsNow that the reference to “bias” could mean anything.

“The ordinance … says that if you have at any point demonstrate 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,” Flowers said. “Neither can any of your subcontractors [who have demonstrated a bias] sign on to the contract.”

He called the measure “unprecedentedly wrong” and said “the citizens of San Antonio must stop it.”

Many pastors are concerned, reported KHOU-TV’s Joe Conger in Houston.

“Ever have a Paula Deen moment – make an off-color joke or hold a religious belief?” Conger said. “[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.”

“If you voice any opinion, no matter how many years back it’s been, it can be used against you,” Branson told the station. “City employees are going to be greatly affected by this.”

The KHOU report said more than a dozen church leaders met to discuss the looming issue.

An analysis released by pastors said the “ordinance violates Texas and federal Constitutions by creating a religious test for involvement in city government.”

The church leaders said it allows the city council “to prohibit those that speak their religious beliefs regarding homosexuality from serving on city boards.”

“For example, if a person publicly expresses their religious belief that homosexual behavior is a sin – even if this expression is at a church service – that person could be frozen out of involvement with city government.”

The analysis also contends businesses “run by people of faith will be subject to criminal penalties if they refuse to provide services that conflict with their religious beliefs relating to homosexuality.”

The council, which declined to advance the plan when it first was discussed, is scheduled to resume talks on the controversy in August.

11 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Why oh why do people work for governments in the first place? Makes no sense on any level.

  2. doesntmatter 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…”

    but aren’t YOU guys demonstrating a bias by discriminating against those who use and believe the bible in their religion??? guess it doesn’t matter though, huh?

    HYPOCRITES will help be the downfall of the world….

  3. doesntmatter 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…”

    but aren’t YOU guys demonstrating a bias by discriminating against those who use and believe the bible in their religion??? guess it doesn’t matter though, huh?

    HYPOCRITES will help be the downfall of the world….

  4. HopeRising says:

    Continue: The reason this is an important matter has not so much to do with the local government itself, but as how it serve the community and the religious/ organizational business that work with the local government. The Local Authority which serves individual with disabilities
    contract out services with groups like UNICORN which is owned and operated by Mission Roads Ministries. Also not to mention Catholic Charities and the other numerous religious organization that assist the community in meeting the needs of the disabled. So as anyone can guess there is a lot of conflicts. People I know say that the management is either gay or supports the homosexual lifestyle. Therefore it is felt that unless you are in bad with someone literally, you are not getting promoted. It is just too bad there isn’t enough upward mobility and fair chance for advancement.

  5. HopeRising says:

    I know something of what is happening. A number of individual at the Alamo Area council of Government, AACOG, are homosexual. There have been other strongly Catholic individuals at AACOG who have spoken out against the homosexuals employees . I believe it has gotten so bad that some employees feel they can’t get promoted into management position unless they support homosexual lifestyle. The higher up’s have been unable to cool the flames of the animosity going around and being more in line with being politically correct have turned on the Christian community. It’s much easier to control employee that do not hold a strong religious affiliation.

  6. doesntmatter says:

    do it big then, lucifer the homosexual.

  7. Adam says:

    This is only trying to be passed because San Antonio has become a homosexual, Sodom And Gomorrah safe town. I’m guessing all those who are for this bill are closet homosexuals or open homosexuals. As the power of government, such to enforce new laws, is derived from the consent of the people; then the people must stand up and refuse to enforce it or see to the rapid departure, based on their declination of consentuatory feelings that their government is now violating. What they are trying to do is social engineering. Punish and expatriate those who do not share their beliefs. I think it is time to reverse that Texas. Expatriate those politicians in office who are threatening to take over your government. It’s time for a good old fashioned Texas Roundup.

  8. Amanda says:

    I’m sorry but no matter what your religious belief if you are going to discriminate at work due to someone’s sexuality I feel it is fair that you cannot work for government. Fair enough what you say or do outside if work should have nothing to do with work, by neither should someone’s sexuality!

    • Adam says:

      No discrimination is made. But the same also silently declares that no special provision be made FOR.

  9. Frank says:

    Barack Hussein Obama = Gematria 666 …Do the math.

    “BARACK”
    Barack Standard Eng = 117 = 234/2 = 6x6x6+6+6+6 divide by 2
    Barack Ordinal Eng = 36 Triangular root of 666.
    Barack Common Eng= 216 6x6x6.
    Barack Reduced Eng = 18 = 6+6+6

    “BARACK OBAMA”
    Greek Ordinal Gematria 6-6 = 738 =+66+666
    Reduced Greek Gematria = 42 = 6+6+6+6+6+6+6
    English-Hebrew Ordinal 6-6 Total = 816 (The sum the 11 proper divisors of 666 = 816)
    English Total = 3^6 = 729
    Hebrew Reduced Gematria (BO 2nd) = 66

    “BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA”
    English Total Gematria = 1998 or 666+666+666.
    Greek Ordinal 1-1 Gematria = 234 = 13×18 (Revelation 13:18 or (6+6+6)+(6x6x6)
    Greek Reduced = (6^2)+(6^2)OR 72 = (6+6+6+6+6+6+6+6+6+6+6+6)
    Greek 6-6 = 1404 or 6+66+666+666

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