Governor Signs Law Protecting Religious Sermons from Subpoena


A new law on the books in Texas prevents state and local governments from issuing subpoenas for religious sermons.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed it into law yesterday at Grace Church in the Woodlands. The church's pastor was one of several faith leaders whose sermons were subpoenaed by the City of Houston over the Hero Ordinance in 2014. The pastors said their religious rights were violated, and the subpoena was withdrawn. 

"By carrying this cross, you ensure that you are going to stand up and articulate what the values of the church really are, that they really mean something and that they cannot be trampled by any government or any leader and that's because we answer to only one leader and that is almighty god," Gov. Greg Abbott (R) Texas.

Some protesters gathered outside the church to criticize Abbott for holding a political event in a house of worship.
They claim that violates the separation of church and state. The law goes into effect immediately.

 


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