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A Texas mayor is facing backlash after he said that women shouldn’t lead prayer in public before city council meetings because the Bible forbids it.
Wylie, Texas, Mayor Eric Hogue’s remarks were made in a email to fellow city council members, which was then shared publicly on Facebook this week, the Dallas Morning News reported.
The article goes on to state the following:
The city’s mayor pro tem, Jeff Forrester, reached out earlier this month and asked for Hogue’s thoughts on having members of the Christian missionary group, Youth With a Mission, lead the next prayer that starts each next council meeting.
Hogue responded in the email, “Sounds good. I would like that. All I asked is that those leading the public prayer be young men.” Read it below:
Wylie Mayor Eric Hogue says he’s getting threats, because he doesn’t believe women should lead prayer. “This chamber is not Hogue’s church, and he needs to remember that, or he needs to go,” says Debbie O’Reilly.
— WFAA (@wfaa) May 22, 2020
Wylie Mayor Eric Hogue cites biblical passage saying women should “keep silence in the churches.” https://t.co/H8AyunoWDL
— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) May 22, 2020
Wylie mayor Eric Hogue admits he doesn’t believe women should lead prayers in church or during political meetings, but says people are reading more into a recent email than they should. https://t.co/jxlYuielfX pic.twitter.com/9dNZOnkswz
— CBSDFW (@CBSDFW) May 21, 2020
The mayor of Wylie, Texas requested that only men lead the public prayer before city council meetings, citing a Bible verse he says he takes literally: “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak” https://t.co/pENvgOZdsn
— The Hill (@thehill) May 23, 2020
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