Pastors fight back over NFL bathroom threat

BOB UNRUH, WND Faith

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.

“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,” said Brian McCarthy, an NFL spokesman.

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.

The group said Texans “love football, but we love our God, our freedom and our families more.”

“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 coalition represents pastors from a wide range of denominations and ethnic groups.