[WATCH] Mayor Hogue Says Women Should Not Give City Council Invocation
Texas Mayor Eric Hogue is adamant that women should be silent and not be allowed to give the invocation for city council meetings. The Wylie Mayor’s views are motivated by scripture. He believes that the Bible demands that women should be silent when it comes to the invocation. He said, “All I ask is that those leading the public prayer be young men.” Hogue expressed his views in an email to someone on the city council. The email was sent in response to that city council member’s request to allow a youth group to give the invocation.
Some of Hogue’s constituents were taken aback by his comments. “I just was flabbergasted,” Mary Shaddox said in an interview with KXAS-TV Fort . She went on to say, “It’s 2020.” Hogue is a Bible literalist and follows it word for word. The scripture he points to justify his views is 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 states: “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 also points to 1 Timothy 2:11-12 for a warning. It reads, “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 went on to say that he has never stopped a woman from giving the invocation when one was chosen by someone other than him. He said, “Yes, there have been multiple women that have led the prayers.” He went on to say that he was courteous “when a lady has shown up.”
He further explained his views saying, “If you attend Church of Christ, there will not be a female preacher. There will not be a female song leader. There will not be a female that leads the prayer.” Hogue added that you will witness “ladies that teach other ladies.” Hogue has been Mayor of Wylie for 12 years but will not run for reelection.