San Antonio Proposal Could Bar Christians From City Council

By on July 31, 2013

Churches across San Antonio are expressing outrage over a proposed anti-discrimination law that would protect LGBT workers but would not provide a religious exemption and would effectively prohibit anyone who opposes homosexuality from holding public office or getting a city contract.

The proposed change would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the city’s discrimination ordinance. It would protect gays, lesbians, transgender, and veterans – a move that had critics accusing the council of playing politics with the military.

“No person shall be appointed to a position if the city council finds that such person has, prior to such proposed appointment, engaged in discrimination or demonstrated a bias, by word or deed, against any person, group or organization on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, age or disability,” the ordinance reads.

Critics argue that the ordinance could ban Christians who believe homosexuality is a sin from serving on the city council.

They also believe the ordinance would also ban the city from doing business with anyone who fails to espouse politically correct views and businesses run by people of faith would be subject to criminal penalties if they refused to provide services that conflict with their religious beliefs related to homosexuality.

“It’s extremely dangerous,” said Ken Klukowski, of the Family Research Council. “This is a flagrant violation of the U.S. Constitution and the San Antonio City Council looks like a bunch of anti-Christian activists.”

Klukowski said if the council approves the ordinance they would be guilty of “viewpoint discrimination.”

“If it’s passed, any person who has either expressed any belief in favor of traditional marriage or in terms of Judeo-Christian morality regarding sexuality in general, verbally or in writing, could be barred from participating in public life on that city council,” he told Fox News.

Councilman Diego Bernal and Mayor Julian Castro are pushing for the proposed changes.

“To say that you agree with this ordinance,” Castro told the San Antonio Express-News, “is to say that you do not believe that someone who is gay or lesbian ought to be discriminated against in the same way that an African American or a Hispanic or a woman shouldn’t be discriminated against.”

Bernal did not return telephone calls seeking comment. But he told the Express-News that he did not play politics by including veterans in the ordinance.

“No one wants to vote against veterans — I get that,” he told the newspaper. “I didn’t include veterans to be some sort of shoehorn or Trojan horse for another group.”

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  • frankfan42

    One more small step towards painting Christians as “Haters” and deserving of punishment, loss of liberty and soon, life. Can you not see the writing on the wall clearly yet?

  • MeanieHoney

    More and more America seems to be in need of seperating into two separate countries. These two diametrically opposed ideologies can no longer live harmoniously together. Our shared Christian religious views once kept America united. The Liberals pulled America from this union and has divided us into separate citizens.

    • frankfan42

      Too late for that I am afraid. Get right with God, and encourage everyone you know to do the same. We are losing our freedoms by the day. The day is rapidly drawing near when Christians in America will be persecuted for their beliefs.

      • Cobber Campbell

        America is losing its grip on morality and freedom but it may be in time to repent and come back before too late .
        The gay lobby rules the world and demands its narcisstic ways even in Israel and makes in roads to all nations to have sex with anyone .Why is this spirit taking over minds and bodies worldwide? God save America as nobody else will.

        • frankfan42

          Cobber- I hope we are in time, but fear our time of judgment may be nigh. You may not believe me, but I actually hope I am wrong. God Bless ya!

  • Isaiah 58

    See the signs and know what time it is…see the stormclouds and get ready for the storm. Its happening elswhere, now here. The perfect analogy is this…ther was a soldier in the Korean war…he was terrified and couldn’t function. He went to his commanding officer and asked what he should do. The CO told the private that if he wanted to be able to do his job in the face of death every day, he had to come to terms with the fact that HE WAS ALREADY DEAD. Only then could he do his job as required of him. Dear Christian, you may say you have died and been born again, but do you die to your flesh daily, like the apostle Paul said to do? Did you know there are no telivisions in heaven, no movies? No r!acy books, no bloody violence, no vulgar comedy? You must depart from sin now, because it won’t be let into heaven. Where all there is to do is bask in Gods glory. If you can’t sit still for half an hour now and be alone with him, you won’t get the chance to later.

  • Meterman1954

    I work for the City of San Antonio and have seen this coming for quite some time, especially with the type of person we have as mayor. Next, it will be those people who express their faith in Jesus Christ who will lose their jobs with the city. I also feel the Lord will remove his hand of protection on San Antonio is this proposal passes. May this Lord help us all. Just remember, The Lord is in Control, not man.

    • Dar Win

      The city will go down because Christians are some of the best workers from my experience.

  • Dar Win

    Homosexuality is one dysfunctional lifestyle that will be the death of America. This country was founded on the concept of “In God We Trust.” God has warned us about the homosexual lifestyle and it’s distruction both to the individual and a culture.