Houston Minister Called by His Faith to Support Protections for All Houstonians

Leslie Jackson • Minister at Cathedral of Hope Houston

Minister Leslie Jackson knows how important it is for his hometown of Houston to come together and vote YES on Proposition 1 on November 3 in order to protect Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance. As a Christian minister at Cathedral of Hope Houston, a part of the United Church of Christ, he has a long history of speaking up for equal opportunity for all.

Leslie says that he feels compelled to support the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance because of his Christian faith – not in spite of it. He calls the ordinance “a local measure that protects all Houstonians from all backgrounds from discrimination at work, in housing and in public services.”LeslieJackson_Robes

Ultimately, according to Leslie it comes down to what many know as the “Golden Rule.”

“Almost every major faith tradition in the world follows some version of the “Golden Rule,” which urges us all to treat others as we want to be treated” he said. “Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance puts this shared value into action by protecting all Houstonians.”

Like the city in which it’s based, Leslie’s congregation is diverse, and like the city of Houston, Leslie believes that diversity is part of what makes his congregation strong.

Unfortunately, it also means he has heard stories of people being treated unfairly from his fellow congregants.

“I know the stories of those who have faced discrimination,” the minister said. “They are our neighbors, our coworkers, our friends and family members.”

Proposition 1 would provide a local tool to protect all Houstonians – including discrimination based on race, age, religion, gender, ethnicity, military status, sexual orientation, and gender identity and disability. “I believe Jesus calls me – and all Christians – to treat everyone with dignity and respect and to oppose, with determination, the unfair treatment they have faced,” Leslie said.

LeslieJacksonHe hopes that folks across Houston will take note that increasingly, people of faith and religious leaders like himself have searched their haerst and come to believe that each and every person be treated fairly, equally and with respect.

“When it comes to being able to earn a living, have a place to live, or be served by a business or in a government office, no one should face discrimination,” Leslie said. “I know that many other people of faith across this city believe as I do on this and will continue to support HERO.”

If you support the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance – we need you to join Minister Jackson and other Houstonians in voting “Yes” on Houston’s Proposition 1 this Election Day.