The mayor of Wylie in Texas has admitted he doesn’t believe women should lead prayers during political meetings. His opinions came to light after a member of the city council sent him an email asking if a group of students could lead the public prayer at the next council meeting. The kids, all members of “Youth with a Mission”, had apparently been walking around praying for the city and its citizens.
Hogue cited two verses from the New Testament of the bible as his reasoning, replying, “All I ask is that those leading the public prayer be young men.” He then went on to quote 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, which he said 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.”
Hogue said that as a preacher for the Cottonwood Church of Christ he takes that Corinthians verse and another out of the book of Timothy saying, ‘women learn in silence with all subjection’, very seriously.
“I imagine a girl could be president of the US,” Hogue mentioned. “I imagine a girl could be CEO of an organization, the superintendent of a college district. However I imagine, and that is me, on the subject of picking anyone to lead the invocation at a Metropolis Council assembly, due to these two units of verses, I’m going to decide on a male.”