Citizen Rights in Jeopardy
Texas mayor denies citizen right to vote
By de Andréa
November 4, 2014
As a follow-up to an earlier article titled Christians Have No Rights In America, Now it turns out the Mayor, City Council and City Attorney of Houston Texas denies the citizens their right to vote by referendum. Keep a close eye on this because if this is allowed by the courts to stand, this will set a precedent. It is not only Christians that are losing their rights here, it is the majority of Americans.
One of the pastors subpoenaed by the City of Houston for all of his so-called anti-homosexual sermons and other related communications is not just voicing outrage – he's claiming ballot fraud by city government.
The subpoenas were generated in retaliation by the Mayor to thousands of signatures on petitions to get the so-called anti-discrimination law of Mayor Parker on the ballot.
Led by lesbian Mayor Annise Parker, Houston's city council passed a so-called anti-discrimination bill, unconstitutionally providing special rights for homosexuals and transgendered. Many Houston citizens opposed the ordinance and after its passage they gathered more than 50,000 signatures within 30 days to put the issue on the ballot.
The citizen-led petition drive included area pastors, including Steve Riggle of Grace Community Church, who is one of five pastors illegally subpoenaed as part of a lawsuit filed against Parker and the City of Houston.
The City of Houston commits fraud
Riggle, speaking to Tony Perkins of Washington Watch, said there was fraud involved in the rejection of thousands of perfectly legal signatures.
"For example," he says, "my own daughter's petition was denied and the reason given was she didn't sign her petition. All you have to do is look at the bottom line and she did sign her petition in the exact place, notarized as exactly it ought to be. And there are thousands like this."
Denying the Constitutional Right to Redress of Grievances
The Houston Chronicle has reported that City Attorney David Feldman inserted himself into the signature-counting process, and eventually disqualified the petition drive, after claiming he reviewed their legality. The same story said City Secretary Anna Russell had already verified enough signatures to trigger a ballot referendum.
Feldman disqualifying the petition drive triggered the citizen-led lawsuit, which in turn triggered the controversial subpoenas of Riggle and other pastors. Here is a copy of the 16-page subpoena.
Riggle suggests the situation is so serious there should be an investigation, criminal or not, into possible wrongdoing.
"When you get to the end of the day, this is not a personal spat with the mayor. This is not people after the mayor," he told Perkins. "This is about a fundamental right to vote. And everybody ought to be concerned about that everywhere in this country because, whatever happens here, if this mayor gets by with this, sets a precedent for everywhere else."
THE BOTTOM LINE: So what is the main objection to the Houston so-called anti-discrimination law? Well…for starters, it’s the fact that it is touted as an anti-discrimination law, when in fact it in-itself is discriminatory. It discriminates against people with religious or moral character which is at the very foundation of this Constitutional Republic. Second is that it not only takes away the rights of heterosexuals but it creates special rights that apply only to a minority of homosexuals, which is totally unconstitutional. We can’t have different strokes for different folks under the law, the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees equal protection under the law, not un-equal protection.
As far as the details of the Houston homosexual law and its main objection, well, there are several parts of the law that are abhorrent, one being similar to the one in California which has already created a problem in public schools, which amounts to boys who simply can say they feel like a girl (transgendered) then they can use the girls restroom and showers. Another, is if a Christian Church or religious school for example doesn’t want to hire a homosexual for moral and/or religious reasons they have no choice, as I said it takes rights away from heterosexuals or in this case Christians who are denied their first amendment rights. By the very nature of humanity we as individuals have the right to be discriminatory in our choices, morally or otherwise.
This type of unconstitutional legislation incidentally, is brought on by the incremental loss of our Representative Republic and the encroachment of a Democratic form of government which as always in history evolved into the loss of freedom and the onslaught of tyranny for everyone. As I said we are all equal under the law!
As it pertains to the Fourteenth Amendment, the Supreme Court has ruled that any state or local law that abridges Freedom of Speech, freedom of religion, the right to trial by jury, the Right to Counsel, the right against Self-Incrimination, the right against unreasonable searches and seizures, or the right against cruel and unusual punishments will be invalidated under section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment. This holding is called the Incorporation Doctrine.
How many parts of this Supreme Court ruling do you think the Mayor of Houston violated? It won’t matter if we just sit apathetically by and let these constitutional violations by our representatives and elected officials continue with impunity.
Thanks for listening – de Andréa
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