Early Voting Starts: Take a Stand for Equality and Against Discrimination in Houston


Religious-right groups have use increasingly extreme and even incendiary attacks in their cynical and deeply deceitful campaign against the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. Now voters can take a stand against hate and discrimination.

Today is the first day for early voting for the November 3 elections, including for Proposition 1 — the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. TFN supports a YES vote for Proposition 1.

But no matter where you live, you can support this critical nondiscrimination ordinance in the state’s largest city.

If you live in Houston, make sure you head to the polls to cast your ballot for equality. Click here for important voting information, including the locations for early voting. Whether you live in Houston or outside the city, the Houston Unites campaign provides a variety of other ways to help — including how to help spread the word to friends and family (especially eligible voters in Houston).

No one should be discriminated against because of who they are or whom they love. HERO protects everyone against discrimination based on race, age, pregnancy, religion, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity and other characteristics. That’s a core value we all share. Vote YES on Proposition 1.

2 thoughts on “Early Voting Starts: Take a Stand for Equality and Against Discrimination in Houston

  1. The only people I loath are bigots. Those cretins who hate that people have equal rights under the Constitution (14th Amendment) want to be able to continue their hate towards people who are not them.
    Jesus never mentioned homosexuals, so what is their problem? Hate, simply hate.

  2. Aujourd’hui? Oo la-la!!!

    In view of the upcoming vote, I thought the people of Texas, especially the ignorant, two-bit, religious nutjobs who are against HERO and for discrimination among American citizens in good standing, might like to join us here in reviewing a little church history, particularly the history of the Protestant Reformation in Europe during the 1500s. None of them seem to know anything about this history, which does have some relevance to HERO because it calls into severe question the thinking patterns of Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals who think that they are attacking religious liberals and who often claim that everything they believe dates back to the 1st century A.D. when the world’s most respected Christian scholars and theologians know for a historical fact that it damned well does not. For example, the whole idea of the Substitutionary Atonement goes back to St. Anselm around 1000 A.D. who first considered it as a possibility and then to circa 1500 A.D. when John Calvin invented it as Christian doctrine for Presbyterians. Yes, late-for-the-party John Calvin invented it and brought it into the Christian faith 1500 years after the death and resurrection of Jesus. Up to that time, no major Christian theologian had ever done so. It might just as well have been invented yesterday.

    Listen to the lecture ladies, gentlemen, and all Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals—and hang on every word. I think Beverly will especially enjoy this lecture where the right Reverend Keith Ward, noted Christian theologian, rips the fundies and Religious Right a second A-hole:


    Note Reverend Ward’s qualifications—move over idiots at the Southern Baptist Convention:

    Reverend Keith Ward (born August 22, 1938) is a British philosopher, theologian, priest and scholar. He is a fellow of the British Academy and a priest of the Church of England. He was a canon of Christ Church, Oxford until 2003. Comparative theology and the relationship between science and religion are two of his main topics of interest. He was Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford from 1991 to 2004. Ward graduated in 1962 with a B.A. from the University of Wales and from 1964 to 1969 was a lecturer in logic at the University of Glasgow. He earned a B. Litt. from Linacre College, Oxford in 1968. From 1969 to 1971 he was Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of St Andrews. In 1972, he was ordained as a priest in the Church of England. From 1971 to 1975 he was Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion at the University of London. From 1975 to 1983, he was Dean of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He was appointed the F. D. Maurice Professor of Moral and Social Theology at the University of London in 1982, Professor of History and Philosophy of Religion at King’s College London in 1985 and Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford in 1991, a post from which he retired in 2004. In 1992, Ward was a visiting professor at the Claremont Graduate University in California. In 1993–94, he delivered the prestigious Gifford Lectures at the University of Glasgow. He was the Gresham Professor of Divinity between 2004 and 2008 at Gresham College, London. Ward is on the council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy and is a member of the editorial boards of Religious Studies, the Journal of Contemporary Religion, Studies in Inter-Religious Dialogue and World Faiths Encounter. He is a member of the board of governors of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. He has also been a visiting professor at Drake University, Iowa, and at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ward has M.A. and D.D. degrees from both Cambridge and Oxford Universities, and an honorary D.D. from the University of Glasgow (Verbatim Text from Wikipedia 2015 [Slightly Edited]).