In his opening remarks last night, Mike Huckabee asked if churches in America should just sit back and shut up when their religious liberty, free speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of religion are directly threatened.

Annise Parker, the openly lesbian mayor of Houston, recently subpoenaed the sermons, correspondence, notes and other papers from local pastors and churches when her city ordinance that allowed transgender people to identify as the opposite gender was met with opposition.

"The Houston mayor and her ilk, like mayors in Chicago and Boston who tried to prevent businesses opening in their cities because the business owners were Bible-believing Christians, well, she needs to apologize, start respecting all citizens, or at least have the integrity to resign," Huckabee said.

"They shouldn't expect the taxpayers to fund their hate-filled, Gestapo-like actions to openly attempt to shut down the free exercise of religion and their attempt to establish a religion of godless secularism."

Watch Huckabee's remarks above and read a full transcript below.


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Should the government demand that pastors hand over their sermons, sermon notes and even correspondence with their members?  Sure it happens in North Korea, China and Iran, but should churches in America just sit back and shut up when their religious liberty, free speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of religion is directly threatened?  Just when you thought someone in government couldn't display greater disregard for the Constitution after all the things like the IRS scandals, spying on reporters, collecting our emails and phone records, and forcing taxpayers to fund the slaughter of unborn children, we see yet another stunning example of reckless abuse of power. 

Annise Parker, the openly lesbian mayor of Houston, pushed through a city ordinance last spring that would give preference to transgender people who while in the body of one gender, claim to identify with the opposite gender.  Now many Houston residents, who didn't want to send their little girls into public restrooms to encounter grown men, protested and eventually they collected enough signatures to put the measure up for a vote before the people.

Well, the heavy-handed mayor and city attorney declared there weren't enough valid signatures, and citizens sued to keep from having their voting rights suppressed. Well, that inflamed the mayor and her city hall cronies who then subpoenaed the sermons, correspondence, notes and other papers from Houston pastors and churches.  Todd Starnes of Fox News.com broke the story and the storm came down. 

The Houston Mayor pretended to be surprised that pastors' sermon material was subpoenaed, but had previously tweeted this message:

That makes it to me that clear she not only knew, but approved. We invited her to appear on our show, but she declined.  I can't say that I blame her. Because I'm not sure she would have enjoyed my questions very much.  Like, "Ma'am, have you ever read the United States Constitution?  I mean, ever? Are you familiar with the first amendment? Do you believe the American form of government was designed to trample the most fundamental rights of its citizens and allow government to abuse and ignore the law so it can silence the voices and prevent the votes of people?" 

The Houston case reminds us how rapidly our country is being taken over by intolerant despots who will unleash a form of political genocide against Christians who still cling to their Bibles and refuse to bow their knee to the false gods of hate and religious bigotry.  The Houston mayor and her ilk, like mayors in Chicago and Boston who tried to prevent businesses opening in their cities because the business owners were Bible-believing Christians, well, she needs to apologize, start respecting all citizens, or at least have the integrity to resign.

They shouldn't expect the taxpayers to fund their hate-filled, Gestapo-like actions to openly attempt to shut down the free exercise of religion and their attempt to establish a religion of godless secularism.  Why has this happened?   It's mainly because good church going Christians don't vote and don't care. 

Of the 80 million self-identified evangelicals in America, half aren't registered to vote, and of those, only half of them vote in a presidential year election and only half of those vote in an off year election like this year.  It ought to make you mad and scare your pants off that a mayor thinks she can order pastors to turn in their sermons and correspondence to her. 

So, I've got an idea - if she wants some sermons, here's my suggestion. I'd like to ask every pastor in America, not just the ones in Houston, send her your sermons. Obviously, she could use a few. So, if you're a pastor, send them to her. And here's another thought, everybody watching the show ought to send her a Bible. That's right, everybody. I hope she gets thousands and thousands of sermons and Bibles.