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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Worm of the Week - Houston City Attorney David Feldman Tramples First Amendment

Yearlong investigation nets alleged drug ring in Texas including two Austin lawyers
More than 30 people, including two Austin lawyers, were arrested in Central and South Texas this week for their alleged roles in a drug distribution ring, according to federal officials.

Richard Patrick Fagerberg, 45, and David Ramos, 39, both lawyers in Austin, and the 34 other  defendants have allegedly participated in a conspiracy to distribute various amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine since May 2013, according to United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit, Houston Division.

Worm of the Week
The worm I refer to is not Gregg Abbott. It's worm is the Houston City Attorney, one David Feldman, who subpoenaed sermons of pastors in Houston who might have preached against sodomy. It's all part of a lawsuit arising out of the Houston City Council's, led by openly gay Mayor Anise Parker, to make it a crime for businesses to segregate the sexes in bathrooms. This means, that my daughter, who lives in Houston, could be in the ladies room and have a 6'6 transvestite, or a rapist pretending to be a trannie, walk in on her. Or it could be a 12 year old girl. Texas sends people to prison for a minimum of 25 years for sexually molesting young girls, but now we're going to force them to share bathrooms with men. And I suppose school showers.

Where is the ACLU? If the city were trying to subpoena sermons of mullahs preaching bomb attacks on the United States, the ACLU would be crying First Amendment! First Amendment! I guess when the targets are Christians, they have no rights. I watched CBS Nightly News last night, and they had not a word on this outrage. The MSM media is doing its best to avoid telling the truth (what's new?).

Gregg Abbott wrote the  Mayor and City Attorney,  "In good faith, I hope you merely failed to anticipate how inappropriately aggressive your lawyers would be," Abbott said in the letter. "Many, however, believe your actions reflect the city government's hostility to religious beliefs that do not align with city policies."
Maybe a better word for the City Attorney is weasel. The intent of the subpoena, Feldman said, simply was to gather all communications between pastors about the signature-gathering instructions, a potentially key point in the lawsuit opponents have brought against the city.
The use of the word "sermons" was a distraction from that, Feldman said.
"I wouldn't have worded it that way myself," the city attorney said. "It's unfortunate that it has been construed as some effort to infringe upon religious liberty." Hey Worm, did you sign it? Or did some associate working for you sign it? Then you own it. 
More weasel words: On Tuesday, however, Feldman said the sermons were relevant because the pastors were injecting politics into religion.
"If someone is speaking from the pulpit and it's political speech, then it's not going to be protected," Feldman said. Holy shit, where did this fool go to law school? How did he pass the bar exam?
The subpoenas were issued to five local pastors or religious leaders, none of whom is party to the lawsuit: Dave Welch, Hernan Castano, Magda Hermida, Khanh Huynh and Steve Riggle. The Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal organization known for its role in defending same-sex marriage bans, is representing the pastors in an attempt to quash the request.

Here's more on the ordinance:  Houston Approves Equal Rights Ordinance With LGBT Protections The ordinance will prohibit discrimination in the areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations in the city. he Houston City Council, led by out Mayor Annise Parker, passed an ordinance Wednesday that prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Sec. 17-51. Prohibition against discrimination in public accommodations.permanent link to this piece of content (a) It shall be unlawful for any place of public accommodation or any employee or agent thereof to intentionally discriminate against any person on the basis of any protected characteristic, except as required by federal or state law or court order.
Definitions 17.2 Protected characteristic means an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, familial status, marital status, military status, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or pregnancy.
This is a bizarre, tragic story.


  1. I am glad to see Mayor Parker going after this bunch. Look at the political operative / real estate broker / hate monger John Hagee in your neck of the woods. He runs his business unencumbered with taxation. We need to take a harder look at the legality of these actions. Slavery could not have existed in America without the full backing of the Southern Baptists.

  2. I believe many if not most of the pastors opposing the ordinance are black. The black churches were instrumental in the civil rights movement - think of MLK, Ralph Abernathy, etc. Not all, or even most Christians are hypocrites. Why is it that the left and MSM can mock Christianity, sometimes in vulgar, hateful terms, but Muslims are off limits? Same with homosexuals and so called transsexuals and transgendered?