San Antonio Pastors Oppose City’s Proposed Anti-Discrimination Law

Joe Conger, KHOU (San Antonio), July 3, 2013

The momentum is growing to protect gays, lesbians, transgendered and veterans in the city’s anti-discrimination laws. But some local pastors say those changes may end up violating the rights of the religious.

“A religious view: either you have one or you don’t, it is still a religious view. And if I don’t attain to their view, then I’m out of the picture completely. It’s a stifling of free speech,” said Pastor Steve Branson of Village Parkway Baptist Church.

Ever have a Paula Deen moment–make an off-color joke or hold a religious belief? Branson says keep it to yourself if you’re involved with San Antonio city government. Proposed changes to the anti-discrimination ordinance could get you fired.

“If you voice any opinion, no matter how many years back it’s been, it can be used against you. City employees are going to be greatly affected by this,” Branson continued.

Branson was one of more than a dozen local church leaders gathering in a strategy session Tuesday. The group wants to stop revisions to the city’s non-discrimination laws.


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  • Daniel Schmuhl

    But I thought it was the conservatives who are authoritarian?

    • So CAL Snowman

      1984 is the liberal instruction manual. Thoughtcrime is just another wonderful liberal invention.

      • me

        Yup. No compliance!

    • Rhialto

      Conservatives used to be authoritarian, but now that the liberals are in power, Conservatives have been reclassified as sociopathic.

      • They both suck. Republicans and Democrats are responsible for the state the USA is in. They’ve been in total control for over 150 years!

  • Luca

    Once again, Liberals are all about choice. And they get to choose what you can and cannot say.

  • Spartacus

    Laws that defend even TALKING about degeneracy are not laws worth respecting, and authorities that write and enforce such laws are not legitimate. Society can’t collapse fast enough as far as I’m concerned.

    • Sick of it

      I’ll once again point to the demographics of San Antonio. It’s hard to call them legitimate considering they immigrated from the country that the people of Texas, later Americans too, fought in order to secure their freedom. Socialist foreigners are not Americans.

      • Romulus

        Does anybody else remember goliad and San jacinto??!!

        • mobilebay

          Only those of us who studied Texas history before the revisionists got their hands on it. I am waiting for new school textbooks any day now to have a chapter on the many Mexicans who arrived on the Mayflower.

          • Romulus

            Your right about that. Remember the article in the Philip inquirer about the textbook wars in Texas! Turquoise being for the social engineers (all tribe) who want to revise,edit,deconstruct,and teach only the parts they choose. The article, of course, being written by the usual suspects. Look in the newspapers archives. In 1992 or 1995 ,according to pat buchanan’s “death of the West”, he wrote that the festal govt gave a Southern Calif. University a couple of million dollars to alter the history books.

    • Romulus

      Let’s get the party started. The suspense is killing me!!

  • Eagle_Eyed

    Our city council tried to do this but it was brought to a referendum and rejected. Of course regarding the freedom of association and race–that ship sailed long ago. Companies even accused of racial discrimination are presumed guilty and millions of unqualified minorities are hired to assuage potential lawsuits.

  • bigone4u

    I moved outside the City of San Antonio into Bexar County, where SA is located, as soon as I had saved enough money, which took seven years. I now live in an adjoining county in a smaller town. The City and Bexar County are filled with incompetent Mexican hack politicians and their friends and relatives who are on the payroll. There is massive redistribution of white wealth (whites are a minority) to fund worthless job training programs and such. Whites and Mexicans have gotten along pretty well here for 200 years, but to a Southerner who understands that taxes are nothing but a wealth transfer from one group to another, I find the city to be a despicable place to try to live.

    The City and County jumped on the Gay Rights bandwagon some years ago when they saw there was money it. You know, you get your pals to provide diversity training to the city employees, while you take a cut of the revenue under the table. If all the crooked deals and corruption ever surfaced, the rattling of skeletons falling out the closets could be heard to New York City and beyond. I suspect the plan under consideration is designed to give cover to get rid of some white employees and replace them with Mexican gays and lesbians. I’ve seen the preference they get already so the plan makes sense in that context. There’s always a hidden agenda that puts more power and money in somebody’s pocket. It is NOT about justice. Don’t fall for that junk.

    • Puggg

      But what about all them Hispanic family values? They must have left them on the south bank of the Rio Grande before they did sneak across.

      • bigone4u

        I’m sitting at the apartment complex pool as I write this. The pool was filled with young Mexicans a few minutes ago, all about 15 years of age. Several of the girls appear to be pregnant.

        Hispanic family values: We start having kids early and then get married later, if at all. We are Catholic, so we say several “Hail Mary”s or whatever and light a candle and God forgives our sins. You whites have no kids or few kids so you have no family values.

        I think I summed up what Hispanic family values really means.

        • Puggg

          “So we say several Hail Marys…”

          And that’s the hook the open borders hacks on the Republican side use to brag about Hispanic “family values.” All the while those same open borders Republican hacks say that social issues should be set off to the side.

        • Sick of it

          If you haven’t had a chance, read some of the really old accounts on the morality of these people. You know 16th, 17th century accounts regarding their moral degradation.

        • I worked part-time in the evenings at least a dozen years ago at an independent pharmacy. One girl there, a 16 year old chubby little squat monster-ette, who I am pretty sure would have done anything I wanted if I was interested, was saying something sexual and I told her she ought to zip her zipper up. Well our co-worker, Chuey (sp?) laughed, so I apparently dissed her. Next night I left after working her gang banger brothers start following me in a car when I walked out of the building the pharmacy was in. I knew how to take multiple routes home that cars couldn’t travel but also called 911 to let them know what was going on. I got home. I called the boss the next day and quit.

      • Sick of it

        Trotsky wrote the Mexican constitution. There’s your family values right there.

  • Romulus

    Texas needs the Rangers to saddle up and hit the trail one more time. Sam and Steve would know what to do.

  • IKantunderstand

    Wow. You know what this actually says to me? If I can be held guilty for something I said years ago(hello Paula Deen), it’s just like the murderer said: “After the first one, all the rest are free.” Paula Deen, if I were you, I would call every Black person I ever met again a nig… And, I tell you what, if I wouldn’t get moderated, I would be more than happy to spell it out. I consider it a first amendment issue. I don’t think anyone in this country has the right to censor anyone. Yeah, I understand this website can censor, but generally speaking, we have the right to free speech, and as time goes on it will become more and more important. Don’t allow any abridgement of this most important of our rights.

  • Sick of it

    They call themselves liberals. Modern liberalism isn’t the same as classical or neo-classical liberalism.

  • Sick of it

    And the Romans called our ancestors barbarians…

  • Pelagian

    They are liberals … and so are Republicans. We have the two Enlightenment parties squaring off against each other: they’re like the Menshiviks and Bolsheviks only derived from Voltaire, not Lenin.

  • bigone4u

    Especially an Hispanic woman with gang banger brothers!!!!!

  • LarryEF

    Liberals suck, leave it at that.