May 22, 2015

Texas Tells Liberal Supremes, Pols, Prez And Nation That Marriage Is A Biblical, State's Rights Issue

Common Sense Commentary: My Comments Follow this article. RB
Texas House Passes Pastor 
Protection Bill, Gov. Abbott 
Ready to Sign

Today, the Texas House passed the Pastor 
Protection Bill, SB 2065, with bipartisan
support and without
amendments, 141-2, with two Democrats
voting against the bill. The bill protects
pastors, ministers, clergy and churches from
being forced to perform marriage
ceremonies that violate their sincerely held
religious beliefs. The bill has already passed
the Texas Senate and after a vote tomorrow
that is considered essentially procedural,
SB 2065 will be headed to Governor Greg
Abbott’s desk. Gov. Abbott has stated his 
support for the bill and his intention to sign
the bill.

Jonathan Saenz, President of Texas Values
Action, made the following statement:

"Texas made an important decision today to 
specifically protect the religious freedom of 
our pastors and churches that follow their 
beliefs on marriage. Government at any level 
should not be allowed to punish our clergy 
and churches for following their faith on 
marriage. We are thankful for the pastors, 
churches and church leaders from all across 
the state that have led in this effort and have 
demonstrated the very real threats to 
religious freedom from those seeking to 
redefine marriage. We also thank Rep. Scott 
Sanford and Sen. Craig Estes and leaders in 
the House and Senate for their hard work in 
getting this bill passed. Passing the Pastor 
Protection Bill sends a clear message that 
Texas respects the religious freedom of 
those whose foundation is their faith. We 
look forward to Gov. Abbott signing the bill 
into law."

Pastors from all over the state came to testify
in favor of the bill in both House and Senate
committee hearings. Testimony included
pastors who have been asked to perform a
same-sex ‘marriage’ and Houston 5 pastors
who were subpoenaed by the Mayor of
Houston for their beliefs related to the issue
of marriage. The Southern Baptist of Texas
Convention, the Baptist General Convention
of Texas, The Texas Catholic Conference,
Texas Pastor Council and many other
pastors, including Dr. Tony Evans of Oak
Cliff Bible Fellowship, Pastor Jack Graham
of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Pastor Bob
Jones of the Texas Black Clergy Network,
Pastor Steve Branson of San Antonio,
pastors from the Cowboy Churches, and
many others voiced their support for the billl.

In addition to the great leadership shown by
bill authors Rep. Scott Sanford and Sen.
Craig Estes, we also want to thank the
numerous House and Senate sponsors of the
bill and House Republican Caucus Chairman
Tan Parker. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick is to
be commended for his effort to ensure the
filing and passage of SB 2065 in the Senate.
Finally, we are also grateful for the support
of Attorney General Ken Paxton.

States Rights carry as much force, in the U.S. 
Constitution as do Federal Rights. RB

The Tenth Amendment to the United States 
Constitution, which is part of the Bill of Rights
was ratified on December 15, 1791.[1] It 
expresses the principle of federalism, which 
undergirds the entire plan of the original 
Constitution, by stating that the federal 
government possesses only those powers 
delegated to it by the Constitution. All 
remaining powers are reserved for the 
states or the people. In drafting this 
amendment, its framers had two purposes in 
mind: first, as a necessary rule of construction; 
and second, as a reaffirmation of the nature 
of the federal system.[2] (Wikipedia)

Within the U.S. Constitution is the 

Bill Of Rights.Here are the 9th and 
10th Ammendments of theBill Of 

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of 
certain rights, shall not be construed to 
deny or disparage others retained by 
the people.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United 
States by the Constitution, nor prohibited 
by it to the states, are reserved to the 
states respectively, or to the people

It should be obvious to any honest,
intelligent person that the ONLY
powers delegated to the Federal
Government, in the U.S. Constitution,
are those specifically written in the
text of that document. No such
power is stated, as regards marriage,
most especially same sex marriage,
which was anathama to the founding
fathers who penned th
at foundation of law in these United
States. Marriage, therefore, and every
other subject or issue which might
arise, not plainly deligated to the
Executive, Legislative or Judicial
branches of the Federal Government
is totally within the power of the
several states, which is "The People"
of those states. Since marriage was
devised by God Himself in Genesis,
marriage is a spiritual matter and
should not be perverted by either
the Federal or State Governments. RB

"And the LORD God said, 
It is not good 
that the man should be alone; I will make 
him an help meet for him...." And the LORD 
God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, 
and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and 
closed up the flesh instead thereof;  And the 
rib, which the LORD God had taken from 
man, made he a woman, and brought her 
unto the man. And Adam said, This is now 
bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she 
shall be called Woman, because she was 
taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man 
leave his father and his mother, and shall 
cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one 
flesh." Genesis 2:18-24. 


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