Some of our commenters were defending Houston mayor Annise Parker’s subpoena for the sermons, speeches, and private communications of Houston area pastors. As it turns out, it wasn’t just “right wingnuts” who were appalled by this abuse of power. Even the far left ACLU is saying, “Not cool, bro.”
The ACLU said in a statement, “While a lot of things are fair game in a lawsuit, government must use special care when intruding into matters of faith. The government should never engage in fishing expeditions into the inner workings of a church, and any request for information must be carefully tailored to seek only what is relevant to the dispute.”
Following blowback, Parker announced the City of Houston would clarify the subpoenas which were, “too broad.” “We are glad that Mayor Parker has acknowledged that subpoenas issued in ongoing litigation were too broad and that there is no need to intrude on matters of faith to have equal rights in Houston. There was no need to include sermons in the subpoena in the first place,” said the Texas Chapter of the ACLU.