Former Gov. Mike Huckabee is calling on “every pastor in America” to send their sermons to Annise D. Parker, the Houston mayor who is under fire for demanding pastors hand over their sermons to the government.
Huckabee is also asking Americans across the nation to send Parker copies of their Bibles.
“I hope she gets thousands and thousands of sermons and Bibles,” said Huckabee on his Fox News show Saturday.
During the broadcast, Huckabee posted the address to Parker’s office in Houston.
Huckabee’s call to action comes days after Parker, the city’s first openly gay mayor, issued a broad subpoena demanding that local pastors hand over copies of their sermons and communications related to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.
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After coming under fire from leaders like Sen. Ted Cruz, who called the subpoena an “assault against religious liberty,” the mayor backtracked on her demands.
As of Friday, the city is now asking for “[a]ll speeches or presentations related to [the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance] or the petition prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by [the pastors] or in [the pastors’] possession.”
Huckabee and the attorneys at Alliance Defending Freedom representing the Houston pastors say the changes are not enough.
“The city of Houston still doesn’t get it. It thinks that by changing nothing in its subpoenas other than to remove the word ‘sermons’ that it has solved the problem. That solves nothing,” said Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom.
Instead, “they must be rescinded entirely,” he said.
Huckabee agrees, and used his Fox News show to rally pastors and citizens to take action. Watch the short video clip above to see his demands.