Bob Unruh reports at WND:
Texas pastors -- who stopped a lesbian mayor's social agenda in Houston by taking it to voters -- are responding to not-so-veiled threats from the National Football League that the Lone Star State must promote transgenderism through an open-bathrooms policy.
It's a policy in which men who "identify as women" are allowed to use restrooms, locker rooms and other facilities designated for women.
The issue arose under President Barack Obama, who pushed the agenda even to the point of mandating it in public schools before the order was put on hold by the federal courts.
"CBS News reported recently the NFL 'sharpened' its warning to Texas, where lawmakers are considering a simple bill that would require people use restrooms corresponding with their physical sex," Unruh explains.
"If a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law there, that would certainly be a factor considered when thinking about awarding future events," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy boomed, according to WND.
But the "pastors of the Texas Pastor Council, however, were in no mood to succumb to an outside group they said was trying to put women and children in danger," Unruh writes. "The group said Texans 'love football, but we love our God, our freedom and our families more'."
Moreover, "If we are forced to choose, then we will say to the NFL and other sports organizations or lobby groups: 'Don't let the ticket gate hit you on the way out of Texas'," the council said, according to WND.
"Yellow penalty flags are flying all across Texas with pastors ruling a personal foul against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and spokesman Brian McCarthy for threatening the safety of our women and children in Texas," the diverse coalition of pastors also reportedly said.
According to McCarthy, the NFL "embraces inclusiveness."
"We want all fans to feel welcomed at our events, and NFL policies prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or any other improper standard," McCarthy asserted, Unruh reports.
For all its empty verbiage about "discrimination," the NFL's moral hypocrisy is blatant, even as in reality it embraces an intolerance that would exclude the entire state of Texas unless Texas submits to the NFL's attempt to impose extremist beliefs that contradict responsible ethics, basic biology, and a respect for the safety and well-being of those who might attend NFL games.
“We demand to know what role the NFL has in dictating the values of Texas, interfering with something outside of regulating their own sport and placing our women and children in harm’s way to give preference to one-tenth of one percent who are confused about their gender," the coalition of pastors fired back in reply.
"The pastors said if the NFL's values 'include requiring that men can use women's restrooms, we have a special message for the commissioner and Mr. McCarthy: Pastors of every color and every corner of this state are declaring that we choose mothers over money, daughters over dollars and privacy over predators'," WND reports.