Last week, after voters chose to repeal the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), an anti-discrimination bill, Mayor Annise Parker was very blunt about the possible consequences. She said she feared “a direct economic backlash as a result of this ordinance going into defeat and that’s sad for Houston.”
She wasn’t kidding. There was at least discussion about whether the 2016 Super Bowl and NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament would still be held there.
Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel — one of the Christian groups pushing for discrimination — heard Parker’s comments and compared her to a traitor who roots against her own team. Then, on his “Faith and Freedom” radio show, he told co-host Matt Barber the most stunning and hypocritical thing I’ve heard in a while:
That is like a CEO of a company who says you need to boycott our company. Stop buying products from our company because we have a policy that I, the CEO, don’t agree with even though the board of directors has ultimately voted for this policy, so stop patronizing our company. Well, you know what? If that’s what your feeling is, resign from the company. Mayor, if you want people to boycott Houston, why don’t you just resign and let somebody else who wants to run the mayor’s office and represent the city of Houston and all of the taxpayers and citizens of Houston? Why don’t you just let someone else do it because, frankly, you haven’t been doing a very good job.
His argument was that an elected official should support and follow the law, or else resign.
The same guy who represented Kim Davis said that an elected official should support and follow the law, or else resign.
If that does break your hypocrisy meter, I don’t know what will.
It’s worth pointing out that Parker, unlike Davis, hasn’t broken any laws and she wasn’t asking for any sort of boycott. She was simply pointing out what companies may do as a result of the vote.
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