City Ordinance: Austin Churches Must Hire Homosexual, Transexual Pastors

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The "Houston Equal Rights Ordinance" (HERO) battle lasted a year in which the city was taken to court and the lengthy arguments resulted in an order for a city-wide referendum in November 2015. The measure was rejected by a 61- to 39-percent vote, killing the ordinance. (Pat Sullivan/AP photo)

After Houston rejected similar measures three years ago, churches in Austin may be forced to hire homosexual and transgender pastors and ministers due to a city ordinance.

Ground zero in the turmoil because of non-discrimination reforms that fail to protect religious and moral objections to sinful lifestyles has shifted to Austin.

The city’s leaders passed an employment discrimination ordinance much like 2015’s “HERO” measure in Houston, prohibiting decisions against hiring based on sexual orientation and gender identity in addition to other reasons.

The ordinance provides no limit to enforcement against churches that decide against hiring of homosexuals and transsexuals on moral and religious grounds.

Not even pastoral and other leadership positions at churches are excluded from possible city oversight and regulatory management in the capital of Texas.

Dozens of Texas churches that are members of the U.S. Pastor Council (USPC) are represented by a federal lawsuit filed earlier this month, following the Houston pattern of possibly a long battle in the courts.

Your next church pastor? In Austin, a city ordinance would force non-discrimination on the basis of homosexuality and transgender beliefs if the prospective hire claims to be a member of the church’s denomination. (Yahoo News photo)

“Every church in Austin that refuses to hire practicing homosexuals as clergy or church employees is violating city law and subject to civil penalties and liability,” the filing, U.S. Pastor Council v. Austin, reads.

“The City of Austin’s failure to exempt church hiring decisions . . . violates the U.S. Constitution, the Texas Constitution and the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”

In Houston, a tough legal struggle ended in the ordinance being placed on a ballot for a referendum vote noted as the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance or HERO.

“Houston is ground zero on this,” Steven Hotze of Conservative Republicans of Texas said in the weeks leading up to the vote.

“If Houston falls and Texas falls to the homosexual political movement on this issue, the country is gone.”

Houston pastor Dr. Ed Young said, “This is a moral issue, and if the body of Christ does not vote and speak out, we are gone in the 21st Century.”

The voters of Democrat-Party-majority Houston rejected the ordinance 61- to 39-percent, prompting Houston’s lesbian mayor, Annise Parker, to respond with mournful accusations against the organized effort to defeat it.

God loves us all, including homosexuals and transgender people. But that does not mean sinners who celebrate their sin should lead a church

“This was a campaign of fear mongering and deliberate lies,” Parker said. “This isn’t misinformation, but a calculated campaign of lies designed to demonize a little-understood minority.”

Christian Action Network Chairman David Carroll researched the situation in Texas and responded with a detailed commentary report that exposes the case and its potential impact on religious exemptions in general.

“The secular war against Christianity continues apace,” Carroll concluded. In Austin, “unlike federal and various state non-discrimination laws, there is no exemption for churches.

“All Christians I know strongly believe in the “love-the-sinner, hate-the-sin” principle,” Carroll added.

“God loves us all, including homosexuals and transgender people. But that does not mean sinners who celebrate sinning should lead a church.”

Carroll, an attorney, said that the U.S. Constitution, the Texas Constitution and religious freedom acts at the state and federal level have an impact, but the outcome for churches in Austin is uncertain. See Carroll’s case summary here

“It is by no means a slam-dunk,” Carroll said.

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  1. It is false that God sees all sin the same. There is one unforgivable sin – blaspheming the Holy Spirit. That is quite obviously the worst sin. Christ stated the Pharisees tithed mint and cumin while neglecting “weightier matters”. Weightier means more important, not precisely the same importance.

    People waxing self righteously indignant in support of wildly filthy behavior are channeling the very spirit of Sodom. The Sodomites complained of Lot judging them as well.

    This is a truly pathetic generation of Americans. Men will wax worse and worse indeed.

  2. As an atheist, I dont buy in to heresy, sin, or even morality, but this is going a bit too far. You have your moral beliefs and the city is trying to force you to go against that? What happened to freedom of religion? This isnt a McDonalds job, but something that people take seriously in their lives. Shouldnt your moral leaders at least adhere to your morality? I can only wish you guys the best of luck in your fight.

  3. These clowns are behaving like the Ninth Circus and the Colorado “Civil Rights Commission” – which, incidentally, is going after Jack Bishop again. Eventually the SCOTUS will affirm the First Amendment but until then these intrinsically disordered deviants are empowered by their master Lucifer and they are intent on making life hell for anyone who does not embrace their sin. All must remain vigilant against these attacks whose frequency is only going to increase not abate.

  4. IDENTIFYING as a Homosexual or Tran-sexual Disqualifies one from being a Pastor according to the Bible.
    If they are FORMER Homosexuals or FORMER Tran-sexuals then can be pastors.

    As Christians we IDENTIFY ourselves in Christ not the world and as such place our desires aside for the service of the Lord.
    ANYTHING else is perversion of the word of God and Disqualifies them Immediately as a pastor.

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