The mayor of a small town in Texas said women should not be allowed to lead prayers in open city council meetings, pointing to two Bible verses that he said should be taken literally.
In an email to City Councilman Wiley, Jeff Forrester, Mayor Eric Hog called for a man to be chosen to conduct prayers at the next meeting. Hog cited an excerpt from the First Epistle to the Corinthians which states: “Let your women remain silent in the churches because they are not permitted to speak; but they are commanded to be obedient. And if they learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home.
The mayor also cited an excerpt from the First Epistle to Timothy: “Let women learn in silence with all obedience. Hog confirmed the authenticity of the e-mail to WFAA-TV. “I believe the lady can be the president of the United States,” said Mayor Wiley. – I believe the lady can be the CEO of the company, the head of the school district.
But when it comes to choosing someone to lead the prayer at a city council meeting, because of these two Bible passages, I will choose a man. According to City Councilman Jeff Forrester, he was “shocked” by the mayor’s response. “I certainly don’t share those beliefs. I think we are all created equal in the eyes of God,” Forrester said.