The mayor of a small city in Texas said women should not be allowed to lead the prayers at public meetings of the City Council, pointing to two verses in the Bible that he says were meant to be taken literally.
In an email Sunday to fellow Wylie City Council member Jeff Forrester, Mayor Eric Hogue urged that a male be chosen to lead the prayers at the next meeting on Tuesday.
“All I ask is that those leading the public prayer be young men,” Hogue, who is currently serving his last term as mayor after 12 years, wrote. “As a preacher for the Cottonwood Church of Christ, we take the two verses below literally.”
Hogue went on the cite a passage from 1 Corinthians that, according to his email, 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