A coalition of Texas pastors that defeated a lesbian mayor’s transgender bathroom law in Houston now is calling out, by name, state lawmakers who are opposing a bill that would bar men who perceive themselves to be women from entering women’s facilities in the state.
“I’m pastor F.N. Williams, I am 88 years old, and have pastored almost 60 years,” said the first speaker on the new video. “I have fought for civil rights and equal justice for many years.
“I never thought in my lifetime that I would have to stand up, speak out and even become a plaintiff in a lawsuit … to protect women and girls when they are using their restroom, locker room or shower,” Williams said.
“I seems as if common decency and common sense is being replaced by nonsense.”
The bathroom issue arose under President Obama’s progressive agenda, which included an order that public schools open women’s facilities to men who believe they are women and men’s facilities to women who believe they are men. President Trump has reversed the order.
Lawsuits have been against jurisdictions that have passed transgender-rights laws. In Philadelphia, a male student is suing the school district for damages after officials allowed a girl to change with him in a boys’ locker room.
North Carolina had adopted restroom protections for women and children, but under pressure of major corporations who insist the state follow their morality, which includes oftentimes doing business with some of the worst human rights-offending nations around the world, repealed some of the provisions this week.
In Texas, homosexual and transgender activists have demanded the right for men who perceive themselves to be women to have full access to women’s showers, so Senate Bill 6 was proposed to protect women statewide.
Essentially it would provide that people use the restroom corresponding with their biological rather than “perceived” gender.
The pastors’ new video is here:
“Who would have thought that at the highest level of our government we would have to debate whether biological males should be allowed in women’s restrooms,” Williams said.
Dave Welch, executive director of the multi-denominational Texas Pastor Council, recalled the successful effort in Houston.
There, Mayor Annise Parker refused to acknowledge a petition signed by 50,000 residents demanding a vote on the transgender measure. It took an order from the state Supreme Court to hold the election. Voters overwhelmingly reject the law.
SB 6, he said, “would assure that Texans would not have to fight city-by-city.”
The Texas Senate approved the plan, but senators who opposed it were awarded the Toilet Seat Awards, which included a life-size image of their face framed by a white toilet seat image.
The pastors also asked businesses to sever their ties with the Texas Association of Business, and Pastor Willie Davis warned that voters would not forget their lawmakers’ “betrayal” at the next election.
Pastor Steve Riggle said, “We are fed up. …. How could one third of the Texas senate vote no on a common sense bill?”
The video calls out lawmakers by name and calls on the state House to move the plan forward.
Hand over your sermons
In the Houston fight, Mayor Annise Parker subpoenaed the sermons of several pastors, but a nationwide backlash prompted her to drop the request.
WND broke the story that Parker had ordered five pastors to turn over copies of their sermons and other communications with their congregations. After the story spread further through the Drudge Report, the pastors called for an investigation of City Hall’s actions.
The reputation of the city had already been tarnished, with talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh at the time calling the subpoenas “one of the most vile, filthy, blatant violations of the Constitution that I have seen.”
Pastor Khank Huynh, one of the original boat people who fled communist Vietnam, expressed shock that he would have to turn over his sermons to the government in America, as was common under communism.
While having sermons reviewed and used to punish pastors was common there, he said he was “shocked to have that happen in America.”