The vote on the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance is scheduled to take place in Houston City Council chambers some time today. The ERO would simply prohibit discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on race, gender, religion, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity and a number of other protected characteristics . But from the moment the ordinance was proposed, the religious right has been rallying opposition with a series of scare tactics and misrepresentations about what the ordinance will do.
On Tuesday, for example, we came across a video featuring Pastor Michael Amador of New Beginnings Church in Houston from earlier this month. Branded with the logos of the far-right group Houston Area Pastors Council/Texas Pastors Council, Amador’s video urged ordinance opponents to attend the May 13 City Council meeting and speak against the measure. Amador explains in the video what he believes is driving the measure — suggesting, in essence, that supporters of the measure, including the mayor and council members, are also supporters of the devil.
The video can be seen below. Here’s a translation:
“We are living in end times, when many will come against our faith, against evangelism and against Christians. Now, we are confronting something very serious. The mayor of Houston wants to pass a law that will let men enter women’s bathrooms. We, brothers, have to be united in fighting against this. We can’t let the devil do what he wants. We have to stand firm as a church. We encourage you to go, and united we will break all the traps the devil has set against our church.”
We are, of course, watching today’s City Council meeting, as there will be plenty more to be said about the ERO before council members get a chance to vote. You can follow our tweets at @TFN.