Pastor Sues Over Christian Discrimination
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Pastor for the Church of the Yeshua Ha Mashiach, Dennis Hodges, of Lemon Grove, San Diego, California, is suing the city mayor for alleged anti-Christian discrimination, the Washington Stand reported.
Hodges has been a member of the San Diego Citizen Advisory Board on Police/Community Relations since 2017. He was recently pressured to resign from another position on the San Diego County Human Relations Commission after abstaining from a vote condemning “transphobia,” for which he cited his Christian faith. Other commissioners on the board allegedly “influenced” San Diego mayor Todd Gloria to veto Hodges’ reappointment, prompting the lawsuit.
“This is an action for the unlawful discrimination and retaliation against Mr. Dennis Hodges, a devoted Christian pastor and public servant.” The suit further declares that “the Mayor of the City of San Diego, under the influence of several of Mr. Hodges’ fellow commissioners, retaliated and discriminated against Mr. Hodges for adhering to his religious beliefs regarding gender identity and transgenderism,” the suit states. (LEARN MORE: ‘Respect Our Pronouns’ Bill Successfully Challenged By First Amendment Rights)
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“No government authority should be able to wield their authority to attack other public servants for holding traditional, biblical values. The mayor exercised his veto authority against Pastor Hodges not because he lacked any qualifications to serve on the Advisory Board, but because Pastor Hodges stood by his religious convictions,” Hodges’ attorney Julianna Fleischer, told the Washington Stand. “This lawsuit is important for public servants everywhere and we hope it sends a clear message to government officials that their authority does not trump the First Amendment.” (LEARN MORE: Watch And Be Inspired By Asbury Revival’s Inter-Denominational Phenomenon)
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