A Houston, Texas pastor who engaged in scare tactics to protest the city’s new anti-discrimination law this year had been suspended from his own job with the city after being investigated for sexual harassment, KROI-FM reported.
Kendall Baker was suspended indefinitely from his position at the city’s 311 service following an investigation by the city’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The investigation was prompted by a June 2013 complaint by one of Baker’s employees, who said he “solicited sexual acts, made crude comments about female anatomy, and engaged in inappropriate physical contact by hugging subordinate female employees.”
Investigators said in a September 2013 report that Baker also solicited donations from his subordinates on behalf of his church. Baker denied the allegations and said a “municipal union board member” made them up to put him under scrutiny by the OIG.
“Mr. Baker’s explanations were neither satisfactory nor exculpatory,” the report stated.
The law, known as the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), was approved by the local city council on May 29. It extends legal protections regarding housing and employment to members of the LGBT community, similar to an ordinance passed in San Antonio last year.
Baker, a member of the local pastors council, was among those opposing the proposal before it passed. KROI reported that he squared off with Mayor Annise Parker on the issue during a May 13 city council meeting.
“I say to you, what if I came into the restroom here while you were sitting on the toilet? How would you feel?” Baker told Parker at the time. “Wouldn’t you feel uncomfortable?”
Baker also criticized the OIG investigation into his conduct during the meeting, saying, “The reason I know the OIG is overwhelmed is because I just ended a 28-year, 11-month career with the city and was wrongfully terminated and the OIG did not handle the case appropriately.”
“You are proof we do a good job in the OIG, sir,” Parker replied.
Baker seized on a common conservative talking point in opposing the initiative, saying it allowed for potential abuse by heterosexual men.
“The imagery that I have in my mind is a grown man going into a restroom with a 6 year old girl standing beside of her using the restroom,” Baker was quoted as saying on April 30.
Watch a report by KHOU-TV containing some of Baker’s remarks against the ordinance, as aired on April 30, below.
The OIG’s findings on Baker’s conduct can be found below.
Joe Biden: ‘It’s hard to get any word in with this clown’
Former Vice President Joe Biden referred to President Donald Trump as a clown during the first general election presidential debate in the 2020 campaign.
Biden, visibly frustrated by the inability of Fox News personality Chris Wallace being able to moderate the debate, complained about how he had problems making his case with Trump continually talking over both him and the moderator.
"It’s hard to get any word in with this clown," Biden said.
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At Tuesday's presidential debate, during the segment on taxes, President Donald Trump and Joe Biden clashed on the president's corporate tax cuts, and his own track record of tax avoidance.
"He says he's smart because he can take advantage of the tax code," said Biden. "That's why I'm going to eliminate the Trump tax cuts. And make sure we're going to invest in the people who in fact need the help."
"Why didn't you do it over the last 25 years?" said Trump.
"Because you, our president, screwed things up," said Biden. "You're the worst president America has ever had. Come on!"
Chris Wallace ripped for letting Trump walk all over him in first debate: ‘Is there a backup moderator?’
Fox News personality Chris Wallace was harshly criticized on Tuesday for refusing to moderate President Donald Trump in the first presidential debate.
Wallace let Trump tell outrageous lies, dominate the time and did little to bring order to the event.
Here's some of what people were saying about the Fox host:
Does Chris Wallace know who Trump is? Has he seen the past four years? Wallace needs to excuse himself (his voice is shaking) and leave the stage. Is there a back up moderator in the wings? Any female journalist will do.