Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s office has been inundated with bibles following her decision to subpoena pastors’ sermons to check for anti-gay rhetoric.
The “flood of bibles” began after Republican Mike Huckabee suggested the idea on his Fox News show on October 20.
“I would like to ask every pastor in America, send her your sermons. Everybody watching the show ought to send her a Bible.”
It wasn’t just Huckabee asking for Bibles to be sent to the mayor. The Blaze’s Glenn Beck and Senator Ted Cruz said that Americans around the nation should mail in religious documents — including the Bible — to the mayor’s office and to City Hall on separate occasions. Beck states that Parker is essentially attacking people of faith.
“People of faith are under attack. Our churches and our institutions, our pastors, our preachers, our priests, our rabbis are under attack. Go find the best sermons you can find on religious liberty and send them to city hall in Houston.”
The Washington Times reports that it wasn’t just a few bibles that made their way to Parker. In fact, the office has been inundated with between 500 and 1,000 Bibles, according to a spokesperson for the mayor’s office. Mayor Parker also acknowledges that some bibles were received when speaking to Click2Houston.
“I know we’ve received some and they’re collecting them in the office but I don’t know how many that might be.”
Mayor Parker said that the Bibles are simply a tool used by Huckabee to boost ratings.
“[Huckabee is] doing what he can to pump ratings for Fox News.”
She has also said that the Bibles are a “very productive way for folks who disagreed with our legal strategy to express that disagreement,” and that she plans to give the Bibles to local churches, The Blaze reported.
It wasn’t just Christians, pastors or members of the tea party upset over the subpoena. Many people began circulating petitions questioning the constitutionality of the requests, asking if First Amendment rights to Freedom of Religion were being suppressed.
It is important to note that since Mayor Parker’s subpoena of sermons made national headlines and outraged people of faith across the nation, she has backed off on her demands from pastors.