MEET Charles Flowers of a Texas outfit called Faith Outreach International. He’s currently in full blowhard mode over a proposal by the San Antonio City Council to implement a non-discrimination policy that would ban individuals who express disapproval of homosexuality from serving in city government positions.
Flowers appears have thuggish tendencies. He found himself in hot water in 2007 after he and a cohort who were operating a Love Demonstrated Ministries’ boot camp were accused of roping a 15-year-old girl to a van, and dragging her behind the vehicle. Nice. A mis-trial was declared in the case, but he was later hit with a lawsuit, the outcome of which we could not ascertain.
At any rate, Flowers is not a happy bunny over the San Antonio the proposal. In a document opposing the move, he said:
The proposed ordinance includes ‘words’ against sexual orientation or gender identity as discriminatory acts. It allows City Council to prohibit those that speak their religious beliefs regarding homosexuality from serving on city boards. This violates First Amendment freedom of speech and freedom of religion … For example, if a person publically expresses their religious belief that homosexual behavior is a sin—even if this expression is at a church service—that person could be frozen out of involvement with city government.
The draft ordinance reads:
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.
Bully boy Flowers added:
It is unprecedentedly wrong, and of course the citizens of San Antonio must stop it.
One outraged commentator – Tom Tillison – wrote here:
We hear a lot about the positive things happening in that great bastion of conservatism known as Texas, but even there we are occasionally reminded that the disease of progressivism is present.