By now you know that the Texas Supreme Court ordered the city of Houston to either repeal the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) or put it up for a vote in November. Here’s something else you already know: The opponents of the ordinance — which bars discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, sex, military status and other characteristics — are prone to make absurd statements on these issues, and they’re not likely to stop, not even after the November election.
Take Dave Welch of the far-right Texas Pastor Council. Welch has been an outspoken opponent of HERO and of Houston Mayor Annise Parker.
Welch is showing no signs of toning down the rhetoric.
Speaking to Craig James — yes, that Craig James — last week on a radio show for the far-right Family Research Council, Welch said the situation in Houston is “combat” in the “presence of evil.”
Listen to the short clip: