Christians must continue to push back against the homosexual lobby’s attempt to indoctrinate children in government schools and invade everyone else’s privacy with “transgender” restrooms.
A group of pastors in Houston, Texas, are trying to do just that. The Houston Independent School District’s superintendent apparently wants to add so-called LGBTQ studies to the U.S. history curriculum.
Some taxpaying parents who oppose this agenda have the ability to take their children out of these schools and send them to private schools or homeschool them. But other taxpaying parents cannot. They’re stuck.
Houston lawmakers and pastors are doing what they can. From the Houston Chronicle (emphasis added):
Texas, however, mandates that education materials “state that homosexual conduct is not an acceptable lifestyle,” according to the Texas Health and Safety Code. Another rule within the health and safety code encourages school districts to emphasize “that homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public.”
But Rev. Dave Welch, executive director of the Houston Area Pastor Council that has led local efforts to defeat pro-LGBTQ ordinances, said the proposal is about indoctrination, not education.
Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick have been outspoken in supporting laws that would require transgender people to use the restroom that matches their birth certificate at public schools and universities.
Houston pastors also support SB 6, called the Texas Privacy Act, which would require the government to maintain the private, modest, safer, and common-sense practice of men using men’s restrooms and women using women’s restrooms.
It’s a non-stop battle. In 2014, five pastors sued the city after the Houston City Council passed the so-called Equal Rights Ordinance, which would give homosexuals special rights over everyone else’s and violate religious freedom. When the former mayor, a lesbian, subpoenaed the pastors’ sermons mentioning homosexuality as part of the lawsuit, there was an uproar. She ended up rescinding the subpoenas.
Pastors led the drive to allow the people to vote on the ordinance. What happened next was a shock. A city that put a lesbian in the mayor’s office for three terms overwhelmingly rejected the Equal Rights Ordinance. It proved to be a step too far even for the city’s liberals.