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Texas mayor says women can't lead prayer at council meetings and that they should 'keep silence in churches' because it's commanded by the Bible

Wylie Mayor Eric Hogue thinks women are not to have a role in leading public prayer meetings because it is forbidden by scripture
Wylie Mayor Eric Hogue thinks women are not to have a role in leading public prayer meetings because it is forbidden by scripture
Hogue quoted two New Testament scriptures in the email sent to Jeff Forrester in which he suggested that the council instead select young men to give the invocation at the next meeting on May 26
Hogue quoted two New Testament scriptures in the email sent to Jeff Forrester in which he suggested that the council instead select young men to give the invocation at the next meeting on May 26
He then cites a passage in 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 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.'
He subsequently follows up that quote with another passage from 1 Timothy: '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 is mayor of Wylie, a suburb of Dallas whose population is about 52,000 residents
Hogue is mayor of Wylie, a suburb of Dallas whose population is about 52,000 residents
The email surfaced on the Facebook page of the mayor´s church in addition to a page devoted to Wylie local politics. 
Hogue on Wednesday confirmed the email´s authenticity to WFAA-TV and expounded on his beliefs.
'I believe a lady can be president of the United States,' Hogue said. 
'I believe a lady can be CEO of a company, the superintendent of a school district. 
'But I believe, and this is me, when it comes to (picking) somebody to lead the invocation at a City Council meeting, because of those two sets of verses, I'm going to choose a male.'
Forrester said he hasn't seen Hogue disparage women in his nearly five years as a council member but noted that he was 'shocked by his response.'
'I certainly don't share those beliefs. I think we're all created equally in the eyes of God and in the eyes of our government,' added Forrester, who said the city manager told him it was released through an open records request.

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