Texas Mayor Will Not Let Women Lead Prayers Over Biblical Reasons


WYLIE (1080 KRLD) - The mayor of Wylie, Texas won't apologize for discriminating against women, in the name of religion.

A recent email revealed he never allows women to lead prayers before city meetings because he believes they are not worthy.

In the email, Wylie Mayor Eric Hogue gave permission for a missionary group to pray before next week’s city council meeting, but he stipulates he’ll only allow it if young men lead the prayer.

In the email, Hogue quotes a bible verse that says: "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."

Mayor Hogue is defending the email saying he is a Church of Christ preacher and takes the New Testament literally.

“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,” Hogue said.

In his 12 years as mayor, Hogue said he's only selected men to lead council meeting prayers.

One Wylie resident said that it's fine with her, but he needs to leave his beliefs out of politics.

“That's his right in his church and his home but he cannot bring it into a government office,” the woman said.

Mayor Hogue announced earlier this year he isn't seeking re-election.

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