Houston, Tx – Here’s the news release that the Houston pastors sent out after their resounding win in repealing Houston’s anti-discrimination ordinance.
Pastors express gratitude for a “Victory for Houston and our people” in defeat of Mayor Parker’s “Equal Rights Ordinance”
Houston, TX – A coalition of hundreds of pastors representing congregations from megachurch to small of every ethnic demographic all over Houston who have opposed Mayor Annise Parker’s pro-LGBT ordinance, expressed gratitude for the significant defeat of the ordinance, City of Houston Proposition 1, in today’s election.
“We are blessed beyond measure that God has honored the eighteen months, thousands of volunteer hours, persevering against a massive legal machine and abuse of law to achieve two Texas Supreme Court victories restoring the right of the people to vote and finally the incredible work to turn out the vote by our churches throughout Houston,” stated the pastors’ coalition.
“The deception engaged in by Mayor Parker, the Greater Houston Partnership, even some of the media to deflect what this issue is about was ultimately unsuccessful, with the people of this city,” they continued. “Houston citizens spoke resoundingly by an incredible twenty two point margin of victory that we will protect our women and children, preserve our freedom of religion, and promote at all costs what is good, decent and right before our God.”
They also pointed out that this has never been a “local issue” but part of the national pro-LGBT Human Rights Campaign agenda to use local ordinances to accomplish what they have been unable to do at the federal level apart from activist courts. “We will not allow national anti-faith, anti-family groups like Human Rights Campaign, the ACLU and Planned Parenthood to destroy this great city. Houston is not a perfect city, however it is indeed the most diverse and welcoming city of its in the nation, so from the very beginning this was a solution looking for a problem; creating division where there was none,” stated the pastors.
They concluded by asserting their mutual commitment to staying united and “on the field” to assure that future city administrations are held accountable to the rule of law, what is best for all the people and to basic standards of decency and integrity.
We have monitored it closely and yes, the media have deliberately blacked out coverage of one of the most significant Election Day wins in recent years: the repeal of Houston’s anti-discrimination ordinance.
But where is CNBC? Or NBC? Or ABC? Or…wait…where is FOX??? Zero. Nothing on Fox. I know. I monitored it all day.
But here was the Fox report before the result on Election day:
I contacted the Sean Hannity Show early this morning and although he mentioned it, even he could not get the city right. Here’s the audio:
This is typical, and it is dangerous. LGBT activists are well aware that this Houston win has opened the door for more repeals and they have vowed to “double down.” Hopefully it will set back the expected “accommodations” bill the LGBT advocates have promised in the next legislative session.
A petition campaign is well under way in California where 500,000 signatures are needed by November 20th to get a repeal on the 2016 ballot.
But we know the LGBT activists will not rest. Here is a recent communication from the multi-million dollar Human Rights Campaign in response to the Election Day win:
This evening, anti-LGBT activists in Houston succeeded in rolling back crucial nondiscrimination protections for the city. As a result of today’s election, Houston is now the largest city in the United States WITHOUT these local protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, women, minorities, veterans, and many others.
It’s almost unbelievable that this could happen in a vibrant and diverse city like Houston. And make no mistake: if we don’t double down on our commitment to equality today, we’ll face the same thing again and again in cities across the nation.
As you well know by now, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) passed the City Council with the support of HRC and our pro-equality allies last year, before being forced onto the ballot by the all-elected Texas Supreme Court. Then, over the last few weeks, our opponents shamelessly spread misinformation and ugly lies about LGBT people in an effort to trick fair-minded voters into voting against HERO.
Alongside the ACLU, NAACP, Equality Texas, and our local and national partners as well as with local businesses and faith leaders, we formed Houston Unites to push back on the lies and attack ads. Together – thanks to thousands of supporters like you – we were able to launch an unprecedented deployment of staff and resources to Houston to support the coalition’s effort.
Over the last several months, across Houston and across Texas, our supporters and allies stepped up like never before. I’ve witnessed the grit and determination firsthand as you’ve made phone calls, knocked on doors, talked to friends and neighbors about why HERO matters, and volunteered countless hours because you understood why nondiscrimination protections are needed in Houston.
Today is a no doubt a setback for all of us. In the end, we fell short in getting enough votes that now mean the difference between 15 classes of Houstonians being vulnerable to discrimination instead of protections that help ensure they’ll be treated equally under the law. But believe me when I say this fight isn’t over.
Because of you, our members and supporters, we helped the coalition in Houston wage this crucial campaign with unprecedented strength. When we have faced attacks on equality, you’ve kept our work going.
Here in Texas we are going to keep up the fight for equality. And we are not going to let tonight’s loss in Houston set the tone for the upcoming year. We are counting on our faithful supporters like you to be there alongside us again for the tough battles ahead.
What can we expect in the next round?
A different focus. In Houston, the LGBT message was one of fairness and equality. Next time, we know they will instead focus on the economic disadvantage, boycotts and the business community and Chamber of Commerce will play hard ball, just as it has done with other social issues such as creating sanctuary cities, amnesty and benefits for illegal aliens.
Of course the only criticism the Left can muster regarding the phenomenal win in Houston is that those who oppose the “bathroom bill” falsely claim that any man could enter a woman’s bathroom, shower or locker room. No, they have to be either pre-op or in transition.
Pray tell, really. What does it matter? Who is going to go checking that out when a man walks into a woman’s bathroom?
Allowing a man to enter a woman’s restroom, locker room or shower trans or not creates cultural chaos, and that’s a major concern with gender confusion.
Why can’t there just be transgender facilities, you ask?
Because, the transgendered don’t want to be separated out. They want total inclusion. They truly believe that even though their DNA says otherwise, they are the opposite sex.
In Palatine, Illinois a federal judge has ruled that the separate accommodations the school provided are not good enough. Inclusion is the only constitutional response. What a perversion of the founders’ context of the US Constitution. Adams stated that it was written “only for a moral and religious people.”
This, in spite of plenty of medical science showing transgenderism is a mental disorder. It’s called “gender dysphoria.”
Even the state of Utah naively put SOGI language into its anti-discrimination law, protecting the transgendered in hiring, meaning that now transgendered school teachers cannot be discriminated against and they must be allowed to stand before our children and declare their lifestyle normal and even advantageous.
The transgendered don’t need to use our bathrooms, they need to be treated for this mental illness. They should not be allowed protection or a special right to invade privacy and to impose sexual deviation and perversion on primarily women who are seeking a private place to take care of personal needs.
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Sex Revolution Confusion
This confusion is the result of a sexual revolution now encouraging questioning gender identity. It has gained in popularity among adolescents and college students. It is even faddish.
Here is the very sad story of a transgendered homecoming queen in Kansas City, Missouri. The high school students cheered for his crowning while the other girls who lost gathered around to congratulate him.
Even Donald Trump has conceded (based on Canadian law) and is allowing transgendered confused men to compete with women in the Miss Universe pageant. Men in drag competing with women? How demeaning to real women. Here’s a totally clueless young woman reporting on Caitlyn Jenner’s possible judge opportunity at Miss USA. Mr. Trump has fully embraced bringing in gender dysphoric men into the women’s pageant. What a cut to real women – and a complete lack of information on his part.
Where is Gloria Steinem when we need her to stand up for the discrimination of these real girls and young women? Who will stand up for the damage that a trans boy will do to the girls on the girls sports team? Where is ANY feminist who will speak out against this discrimination against real women?
(The truth is, most of the feminists I knew, especially the leaders of the Equal Rights Amendment movement, were actually lesbian. I was there and I saw it.)
What kind of insanity is surrounding our courts when a young woman in the Miss USA pageant relinquishes her crown in part for speaking out against the admission of dysphoric men into the Miss USA pageant, all promoted and brought to us by Mr. Donald Trump! Not only that, Trump sued her for $5 million for defaming the pageant.
I really like Trump’s forthright nature and his stance on several issues from immigration to trade that other Republican candidates ought to be championing, but until he gets this straight he does not have my full confidence. The President has authority to appoint Judges and we can’t afford to have a man or woman in the White House that does not get it right on these critical social issues.
If only these students (and school officials and presidential candidates) understood the facts of how serious this illness is and that there is help. If only they knew of the personal and private pain of children raised by transgendered parents.
This very sad commentary is just one example. Denise Shick is author of “My Daddy’s Secret,” “When Hope Seems Lost” and “Understanding Gender Confusion.” She serves on the Academic Council of the International Children’s Rights Institute and also directs Help 4 Families Ministry.
Should transgender parents be able to adopt?
In April, President Obama made it clear he thinks they should. In a presidential proclamation for National Foster Care Month, Obama wrote, “With so many children waiting for loving homes, it is important to ensure all qualified caregivers have the opportunity to serve as foster or adoptive parents, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.” (Emphasis mine.)
The proclamation relates Obama’s latest thoughts on what’s best for LBGT adults. But what’s best for children?
It is stunning that we hear no personal accounts from adults who grew up in transgender homes like this, and that so little research is made public about this.
I am one of those children. I was raised by a transgender father.
I can testify to the emotional strain and confusion that my father’s life played in my sexual and gender identity. I sought out our neighbors for a foster father. Many times I pretended that one of my uncles or a friend’s father was my make-believe father.
I was so hungry for my father; a transgender “mom” would not fit that need no matter how badly the adult wished it to.
My father experimented with my make-up and clothes, and by 7th grade I had decided that alcohol was the easiest method to numb my own pain. By the beginning of high school, I wondered if life was worth living.
There is nothing more painful for a daughter than to watch her dad put on a bra or have him wear your clothes. No daughter should have to place her clothes in her dresser drawers by a code so she can know if he had been pawing through her underclothes.
It is not fair or healthy for a daughter to feel guilty about her developing body, or about becoming a woman. But in today’s world we encourage children to accept their parent’s sexual desires. We prioritize adult’s sexual preferences ahead of what is best for their children.
As a culture we are very willing to address the emotional distress, isolation and other negative issues of people who come out as transgender adults. But we have not even begun to discuss the issues involved and the impact this has on their wives and children.
I’m begging America to wake up to what is being done for the sake of society and for children worldwide! This cultural celebration of transgenderism, for me as a daughter of a transgender father, is misguided and insensitive.
In our country’s most recent challenge regarding gay marriage, six adult children raised in same-sex or transgender households came forward to address the importance they placed on having both a mother and a father.
I wonder if anyone is listening to the voices of the adult children that should count and be heard.
As I know from firsthand experience, all children—including those being adopted—deserve a mom and a dad.
Denise is right. But as long as the mainstream media are collaborating to hide this information from the public, we are left to bring this truth to you by whatever means we can. That’s why we held an inaugural conference on October 26th bringing an all-star team of doctors, therapists, attorneys, religious leaders and those who have been adversely affected by homosexuality together to share the facts being covered up.
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