Mayor of Wylie, Texas, Under Fire for Saying Women Cannot Pray at City Council Meetings Because the Bible Forbids It

Eric Hogue (L) is mayor of Wylie, Texas. | Facebook/Wylie City Hall

Eric Hogue, the mayor of Wylie, a small city just north of Dallas, Texas, is now under fire for telling a member of the city council that women should not be allowed to pray at public meetings because the Bible forbids it.

Hogue, who was elected mayor of Wylie on May 10, 2008, and is serving his fourth and final term, is also pastor of the Cottonwood Church of Christ in Wylie.

WFAA report cites a May 17 email in which the Wylie mayor responds to a request from Jeff Forrester, mayor pro-tem and member of the Wylie City Council, to have some “young men” from an organization called Youth With A Mission pray at the council’s May 26 meeting. Youth With A Mission is a global volunteer movement of Christians from many backgrounds, cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world.

Members of the group, said Forrester, had been walking through the city and praying for the citizens which he saw as a great testament to the youth and their devotion to God.

Hogue who verified with WFAA that the email was authentic, approved Forrester’s request with the caveat barring females from praying at council meetings.

“All I ask is that those leading the public prayer be young men,” Hogue wrote. “As a preacher for the Cottonwood Church of Christ, we take the two verses below literally.”

In his email, the mayor pointed to 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 which 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.”

He also cited 1 Timothy 2:11-12 noting: “Let the women learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.”

Hogue defended his position in an interview with WFAA Wednesday, noting that: “I believe a lady can be president of the United States. I believe a lady can be CEO of a company, the superintendent of a school district. But I believe, and this is me, when it comes to [picking] somebody to lead the invocation at a city council meeting, because of those two sets of verses, I’m going to choose a male.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair

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