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    Pastor Calls for Boycott of Houston

    Pastor Calls for Boycott of Houston

    A Pastor in Texas is trying to get people to sign a petition in support of his boycott of the city of Houston.  Pastor David Grisham is upset about Houston's new openly gay mayor and a new Planned Parenthood facility there.  So far, just four people have signed the petition at  And that includes someone names "Hugh Jass".  (Seriously)

    According to Grisham, "If you were to do a poll 85 to 90 percent of people in Houston would say they were a Christian. Well how in the world could an openly homosexual mayor get elected?"

    What do you think?

    As a Christian, would you vote for an openly gay candidate?

    And did you sign the boycott Houston petition?  (just wondering)

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    1. Brandon Mouser on Thu, January 21, 2010

      I don’t vote, but if I did I wouldn’t have a problem voting for an openly gay mayor.

    2. Christopher Fontenot on Thu, January 21, 2010


      Would you have a problem voting for a candidate who openly admitted to continually cheating on his wife? ...or abusing his children?...or worships the devil?...or views pornography?

    3. Brandon on Thu, January 21, 2010

      @Christopher. That’s not OP’s question so the other circumstances you have injected in the conversation have no real relevance to why we’re discussing.

      Maybe you could let me know what you’re attempting to hint at and we can go from there.

    4. Christopher Fontenot on Thu, January 21, 2010

      I’m trying to find your level of tolerance for deviant behavior.  How deviant can someone be before you decide not to vote for them and do their morals affect the decisions they make as a leader of the people who vote for them?

    5. Brandon on Thu, January 21, 2010

      @Christopher. Oh. Well, I see homosexuality as neither a deviant behavior nor as a sinful act. To me, that comparison is apples and oranges.

      if you’re Inclined to dig a bit, my thoughts on this topic have been made fairly clear several topics back on this blog.

    6. Jeff T. on Thu, January 21, 2010

      ccording to Grisham, “If you were to do a poll 85 to 90 percent of people in Houston would say they were a Christian. Well how in the world could an openly homosexual mayor get elected?”

      Wouldn’t that seem to indicate that “Christian” is a relative term in Houston???

    7. Brandon on Thu, January 21, 2010

      @Jeff. I have to speculate that those figures are erronious.

      However, I have found the label ‘Christian’ to be relative to different communities of ‘Christians’, typically meaning ‘those who believe the same interpretation of scripture that I believe’. Some believe it’s heresy to not believe in a rapture or tongues or miracles or what have you.

      So even withing the Church, the term seems to be relative.

    8. Christopher Fontenot on Fri, January 22, 2010

      The key to that poll is the definition of “Christian.”


      I would still like you to answer the question if you would be so inclined.  Do you have a moral standard for someone you would choose to rule over you?

    9. Peter Hamm on Fri, January 22, 2010

      I wonder… what if there was a gay candidate that agreed with me on abortion (I am pro life) and also thought that obama-care was a bad idea (I think it is a really bad idea) and liked the idea of smaller government as a fiscal “conservative”.

      and a straight candidate that was pro-choice and was against the current deeply flawed healthcare initiatives and was a classic tax-and-spend “liberal”

      Hmmm… I wouldn’t vote for the straight guy. (and no, let’s not actually debate those issues please.)

      Christopher, Brandon already told you he doesn’t think that homosexuality is deviant behavior. Give it a rest, my friend!

      Brandon, that definition of Christian is what I’ve run across, too. And I find it disturbing. I have my own ideas about a truer definition… we’ll save it for an appropriate forum perhaps.

    10. JKL on Fri, January 22, 2010

      Pete… I like the way you handle yourself.  Goodonya.

    11. Richard H on Fri, January 22, 2010

      1. It’s going to be tough to boycott all the cities where we think there are sinners or sinners in leadership.
      2. That old heretic Martin Luther said (I paraphrase) that he’d rather be ruled over by a competent Turk than an incompetent Christian.
      3. To the best of my knowledge I have never voted for a non-sinner.

    12. Brian on Fri, January 22, 2010

      Is this a question of morals or whether or not the candidate aligns with your religious values?  Why is this any different than choosing to vote for an Atheist, a Hindu/Muslim/Buddhist/Mormon candidate?

      If you believe a persons actions or convictions are sending them to hell, why make the distinction?  Does this have anything to do with them serving in public office?  Would you allow a gay person to serve you at a restaurant? Would you hire a gay person? Enjoy your glass house.

    13. Peter Hamm on Fri, January 22, 2010

      I think we should boycott all the greedy people… what does the Bible say about greed again?

    14. Christopher Fontenot on Sat, January 23, 2010

      Well, let’s take the case of John Edwards.  He cheats on his wife while she is battling cancer of all things.  He lies publically about there being an affair.  When they finally catch him, he then denies the baby is his.  Then they catch him and he finally admits it. 

      Question…is he a viable candidate for any public office which you would have to vote him in and does his moral character exclude him from being a viable candidate in your eyes?...knowing what you now know about him.

    15. Matthew Rathbun on Sat, January 23, 2010

      Here’s the flaw in the argument…  A Houston poll may show that 80-90% of people are “christians” but I doubt it.  A 2008 Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life stated that 92% of American’s believed in a god.  Notice the lowercase ‘g’. 

      Many of these people believe that the word “god” is equal to a Deity and many believe that Deity can be the “energy that we all share”, etc…

      So, I don’t think that question about how “Christians” vote is relevant.

      Sorry - I didn’t answer your question…  I would need to look at the overall candidate and understand that EVERYONE has some level of sin and I’ve never seen a points system assigned in the Bible.  However, considering many homosexual elected officials support a overall liberal agenda I would most likely not be able to vote for a gay elected official.

      I wouldn’t vote for a pro-choice candidate, because I think that indicates an intrinsically flawed way perceiving the world.  I mean if you’re willing to kill a child how much value can that person actually place in the worth of their constituent?

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