Dave Welch

Rafael Cruz Joins Religious Right Group In Effort To Repeal Plano Nondiscrimination Ordinance

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, spoke at a press conference in Plano, Texas, today on behalf of an effort to repeal that city’s LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance. Soon after Plano’s city council approved the ordinance last month, a new group sprung up to oppose it, apparently coordinated by Houston pastor Dave Welch, who also led the opposition to a similar ordinance in his city.

Welch and his allies are hoping to gather enough signatures to either force the council to repeal the ordinance or to put repeal on the ballot.

The Plano-based Liberty Institute, which said that it will file a lawsuit against the measure, organized today’s press conference with a number of area pastors. Cruz’s participation was not announced in advance, but a reporter who was present posted to Twitter a photo of him speaking:

 

 

The elder Cruz has been active in the effort to repeal a nondiscrimination ordinance in San Antonio, falsely claiming that the law allows pastors to be fined for preaching from the Bible.

We’ll update this post with video of Cruz’s speech when it becomes available.

UPDATE: The Plano group, Plano Citizens United, has posted an excerpt from Cruz’s speech in which he urged his supporters to run for office and oust “wicked” politicians who are violating the country’s “Judeo-Christian heritage.”

If the righteous, if the people of faith are not running for office, all that is left is the wicked ruling the wicked, the wicked electing the wicked. It is about time that our people of faith become involved in the political arena. We need to send a clear message, not just to the city council members, but to every politician that violates our Judeo-Christian heritage: we will primary you, we will get you out of office. Only that way will we see righteousness prevail and make America again that shining city on the hill to the glory of God.

 

 

 

Dave Welch: Gay People Want 'Superior Rights'

Dave Welch of the Houston Area Pastors Council appeared on “Trunews” yesterday to blast the city of Houston’s handling of a lawsuit filed by several conservative activists challenging the city’s a nondiscrimination ordinance.

The lawsuit claims that the city should have accepted a petition to place the ordinance on the ballot, arguing that city officials were wrong to rule a majority of the signatures invalid. When, in response to the lawsuit, the city subpoenaed the communications of pastors who were involved in the petition gathering process, Welch and others accused the city of tramping on their First Amendment rights.

Welch told host Rick Wiles that the move was proof that gay people want to attain “superior rights.”

“We realized that we have allowed the condition in our culture to — where a false and fallacious theft of the civil rights mantra by the sexual diversity movement, if you will, has then become not just a equal rights [sic] but superior rights, and those superior rights of the LGBT movement now literally trump the religious rights and the First Amendment rights of all,” he said. “We’re going to have to fight that back, we’ve got to take this head-on and challenge it for what it is, we’ve let it go way too far and unfortunately, it is where it is.”

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Texas Attorney General to Receive an Honor from Far-Right Texas Pastors Council

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is to be honored by a far-right group whose leader has a history of comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler and attacking gays and lesbians.

Abbot is to receive an honor from two local affiliates of the U.S. Pastor’s Council, the Texas Pastor Council and the Houston Area Pastor Council. It’s unclear to what extent the groups are “groups”: all three share a website and are led by a single man, extremist pastor Dave Welch.

The groups are also planning to honor Paul Pressler, who helped lead the “conservative resurgence” within the Southern Baptist Convention. Former Clinton inquisitor Ken Starr, who now works for Baylor University, is delivering the keynote address.

The Texas Freedom Network first noticed the event and highlighted Welch’s extreme rhetoric.

For example, Welch has:

  • Likened pastors who vouch for Obama’s Christian faith to Nazis and asserted that “Obama’s anti-Christian, anti-life, anti-marriage, anti-constitutional and anti-American policies” prove he only seeks to “use the church in the same way as a previous leader on a different continent,” Hitler. 
  • Claimed the judge who ruled that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is unconstitutional is a treasonous “domestic enemy.”

But working with radicals like Welch is just part of the game for Texas Republicans, who continue to compete with each other to see who can be farthest to the right.

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