Lisa Falkenberg, Fred Goodall, and I joined Craig Cohen to discuss several very interesting topics this week on Houston Public Media‘s show Houston Matters, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: First, Houston City Council Member Mike Knox dismissed a staffer who was criticized last month for raising concerns at the HCRP Executive Committee meeting about Syed Ali – a Muslim candidate for Republican precinct chair. Trebor Gordon made a motion against the appointment of Ali on the grounds that “Islam and Christianity do not mix.” While those present voted against the motion, it was captured on video and made national news. Some religious leaders of various faiths were angered and urged Knox to dismiss Gordon, who is a veteran and a Christian pastor.

Next, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick faced criticism over a tweet he posted Sunday morning, June 12 quoting the Bible verse Galatians 6:7, which states: “Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” On any other Sunday this wouldn’t raise eyebrows; he’s known to share Bible verses on Sundays, but as it appeared in the hours following the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, leading many leftist, partisan political opportunists to claim he was responding to events in Orlando. This prompted the Lieutenant Governor’s staff to delete the tweet, and issue a statement that the tweet had been scheduled the Thursday prior, and expressing regret for the unfortunate timing.

Finally, just two weeks after the grand opening of Typhoon Texas Waterpark in Katy, the park experienced its first hiccup recently, when a private event, an overnight “lock-in” for Christian youth was shut down hours earlier than planned, as the adolescents there spun out of control. According to one attendee, kids purposely splashed water on stage near a DJ, creating a potential electrocution risk, and keeping the booked DJ and Christian rappers from performing. Another characterized it as “utter chaos” and said guests were “running rampant, swearing at staff” and “stealing food.” It’s believed there were significantly more patrons in the park than the 3,000 or so originally intended, and as it was billed as a youth lock-in, there may not have been as much in the way of chaperones for crowd control as perhaps there could have been.

Click HERE to listen to the entire episode of Houston Matters for Friday, June 17, 2016.

Click on audio below to hear the Good, The Bad & The Ugly segment!

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