Could anti-bias ordinance keep Christians off San Antonio city council?
Catholic World News - July 25, 2013
The city council of San Antonio, Texas, has approved a measure that would bare anyone who had ever “demonstrated a bias” from election to the city council. The Washington Times notes that the policy might be invoked to keep Christians off the city’s governing body.
The new ordinance says that candidates would be ineligible if they have ever “by word or deed” shown bias “against any person, group or organization on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, age, or disability.”
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Posted by: rpp -
Jul. 26, 2013 12:12 PM ET USA
So basically, anyone who disagrees with the current council is ineligible to run against them. And, of course, it is the council who decides. How convenient.
Posted by: unum -
Jul. 26, 2013 8:43 AM ET USA
The city council's hubris demands two challenges. First, from the voters who have the right to determine who is qualified to govern them. And second from those who value our First Amendment freedoms!
Posted by: garedawg -
Jul. 25, 2013 11:16 PM ET USA
So who's going to enforce the ordinance? If a Christian runs for office, who decides whether he is ineligible?