Texas Mayor Claims His Religious Beliefs Bar Women From Leading Public Prayer
A Texas mayor, who is also a pastor, is defending himself after igniting controversy by saying he does not believe women should be permitted to lead prayer in public, according to local news station NBC 5.
Wylie Mayor Eric Hogue’s comments came during an email exchange with Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Forrester.
Forrester asked if a local missionary group could “come to our next meeting and lead us in prayer before the meeting.”
Hogue agreed to the arrangement but included a stipulation, insisting “that those leading the public prayer be young men."
The mayor noted that he is “a Church of Christ preacher” and that his denomination takes the New Testament literally.
Hogue followed with a Bible verse: "Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church."
“What I will say is a woman can do absolutely anything and everything but if we're in a public setting, in a religious setting, the bibles teaches that she's not to say a public prayer or to lead the singing or to deliver the sermon,” Mayor Hogue said.
Jefferson responded that he did not share Hogue’s beliefs.
The mayor has since defended his stance and described those who have complained as politically-motivated “people upset the May election of a new mayor had to be pushed back to November because of the pandemic.”
“Until his term expires in November, he said he will not compromise his beliefs to try to appease people,” NBC 5 reported.