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Trump’s Call For A National Day Of Prayer Divides Rather Than Unites

We’ve watched from afar the devastation and tragedy brought by Hurricane Harvey to the Gulf Coast of Texas. Our hearts are with those who are just beginning the recovery process. As difficult as the past week has been, there is some comfort in watching, as we often do, Americans coming together to aid those in the area through donations and volunteering.

Anti-Discrimination Measure Defeated In Houston

The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a measure designed to protect gays, lesbians and others from discrimination, failed to survive a ballot referendum Nov. 3.

Passed by the Houston City Council last May, the law prohibited housing and employment discrimination on the basis of several classifications, including sexual orientation and gender identity.

Religious Right Groups Exploit Flap Over Houston Subpoenas

Although Houston officials recently announced they would drop subpoenas of local pastors’ sermons as part of an investigation into possible fraud related to a ballot referendum, the move likely came too late to stem the Religious Right’s outcry of “persecution.”

The Subpoena Saga: The Houston Incident Was A Misstep, Not Persecution

A recent flap in Houston over subpoe­nas that were served on five conservative churches has stirred up Rel­igi­ous Right groups and fed their per­­se­cution complex. It’s important to take a look at what really went on there.

Earlier this year, Houston officials passed an ordinance protecting LGBT rights. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) is controversial in part because it gives transgender individuals the right to use the restroom of their choice in public buildings and businesses.

The Subpoena Saga: Houston Officials’ Misstep Feeds Religious Right Persecution Complex

Last week, a story began circulating in the media about five conservative churches that were subpoenaed in Houston and ordered to turn over any sermons they had delivered about gay rights (along with a lot of other material).

Religious Right groups went ballistic. It often turns out in cases like this that what’s really going is less horrifying than the far right would have you believe. In this case, it turns out they actually had a point.

Texas Tall Tale?: VA Lays To Rest Religious Right Distortions About Cemetery Censorship

Religious Right activists love to spread tales of outrage about alleged attempts by government officials to censor religion. These stories are great for fund-raising and stirring up the faithful, but over the years I’ve learned to be skeptical of them.

Absolute Separation: JFK’s Houston Speech Upheld True Spirit Of Liberty

This Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s famous speech in which he vowed to uphold the Constitution and keep church and state separate.

Before several hundred clergy of the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, then-Sen. Kennedy declared in a speech during the 1960 presidential race that he believed “in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.” He affirmed religious liberty and insisted that no religious body should impose its beliefs on the “general populace or the public acts of its officials.”