Gus Reyes, director of the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission, has released the following statement regarding the City of Houston's subpoenas sent to five churches:
"We are glad Mayor Annise Parker now agrees with critics that the initial City of Houston subpoenas were overly broad.
"The U.S. Constitution protects religious freedom, and that includes the right of pastors and church members to speak on social and community issues without fear of intimidation by the government.
"We now wait to see what city officials do next. We hope they display a renewed commitment to religious liberty and recognize that efforts meant to intimidate pastors and churches violate the intent of the First Amendment. We believe this type of action is both unwise and destructive. We hope the city will proceed more cautiously by respecting the separation of church and state."
Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, has written a blog post on this, which was posted before the mayor's statement today.