Texas mayor says women can't lead prayer at council meetings

Wylie Mayor Eric Hogue quoted two New Testament scriptures in the email sent to Jeff Forrester in which he suggested that the council select young men to lead invocation at the next meeting on May 26. (City of Wylie photo)
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WYLIE, Texas (AP) The mayor of Wylie, a city of about 52,000 residents outside of Dallas told a fellow city council member in an email that women shouldn’t be allowed to lead the prayer at public meetings because it goes against the Bible.

Wylie Mayor Eric Hogue quoted two New Testament scriptures in the email sent to Jeff Forrester in which he suggested that the council select young men to lead invocation at the next meeting on May 26.

“All I ask is that those leading the public prayer be young men,” Hogue wrote in the May 17 email.

He quoted 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, writing “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,” and then 1 Timothy 2:11-12, writing “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.”

Forrester says he hasn’t seen Hogue disparage women in his nearly five years serving on the council, but noted that he was “shocked by his response.”