The first amendment of the United State’s Bill of Rights, reads as follows:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
In 1958 the United States Supreme Court ruled (in NAACP v. Alabama) that “freedom of association” was also covered in this amendment.
Now it’s important to note that in our Republic, no state (or city in this case) may pass a law that directly goes against the United States Constitution or the amendments to that constitution, which makes what the city of San Antonio has just done into an outrageous and completely unconstitutional decision on their part.
“The ordinance also says that if you have at any point demonstrated a bias – without defining what a bias is or who will determine whether or not one has been exercised – that you cannot get a city contract,” he tells OneNewsNow. “Neither can any of your subcontractors [who have demonstrated a bias] sign on to the contract.”
Moreover, according to a draft of the revised policy, no one who has spoken out against homosexuality or the transgender lifestyle can run for city council or be appointed to a board. [Pastor Charles Flowers] says the Arizona-based legal firm Alliance Defending Freedom has taken a look at the ordinance.
“They said they’ve never seen this kind of language in any other ordinance in any other city that they’ve dealt with,” the pastor shares. “It is unprecedentedly wrong – and of course the citizens of San Antonio must stop it.”
Indeed, ’tis so. Here’s the ordinance, it’s several pages long, but here you go.
Sure enough, it does not explain what it means by “bias” only that you better not show any by “word or deed” and that if you do then you aren’t allowed to take office in the city of San Antonio.
Awkwardly enough, the ordinance also protects from discrimination on religious grounds…so I’m not sure how they plan to enforce both of those at the same time. If you can’t discriminate on religion, how can you discriminate against people with a bias against homosexuality? No matter what I feel about religion or homosexuality, I can’t deny that it’s the free right of those in this country to express their religious views on the topic.
And you know what, if the people in San Antonio don’t like the views someone has, just like with the free market, they won’t elect them.
Part of me wants to move to San Antonio today and run for office, just to watch their heads explode. How can you discriminate against a gay person running for office, because of their “bias” against government run marriage. *Sound of San Antonio politicians heads going up in flames*
You don’t have to like what I say, but the government doesn’t have the right to shut me down and refuse to let me speak my mind (or run for office) because they don’t like what I have to say.
Screw you San Antonio.