“I haven’t murdered anyone, or stolen money, or used drugs... But she said I’m about to be indicted. Why? What can I do?”
– Pastor Preston in A Pastor’s Pit
“The constitutional freedom of religion is the most inalienable and sacred of all human rights.”
– Thomas Jefferson:
A Pastor’s Pit
How can a pastor be indicted and tried for the “crime” of preaching from the Bible? A pastor in Oregon is indicted and tried for the crime of “religious hate speech” because his Biblical sermons were offensive to some. His best friend from high school is a Texas attorney and agrees to represent him through the twists and turns of trial and his appeals to the US Supreme Court where the constitutional issue of religious liberty is addressed by the high court. This case presents the threat to people of all religious faiths that their religious rights are at risk.
About the Author
Judge Roy Sparkman
Judge Roy Sparkman was a District Judge in Texas and tried many felony (including capital murder), civil and family law cases. As a practicing attorney, Judge Sparkman had his interest in religious liberty peaked when he represented a pastor that was subpoenaed as a witness for a deposition and trial testimony based upon that pastor’s sermon attacking books in the children’s section of the public library as being contrary to the Bible. Judge Sparkman’s legal background including religious liberty issues was combined with his religious background as having served as a deacon in his local church, and also on the national level as an Executive Committee Officer for the Southern Baptist Convention. Judge Sparkman was also a Director and member of the Executive Committee for the State Bar of Texas. Judge Sparkman previously served 12 years as a Trustee (Board Member) for the Wichita Falls TX School District (including serving as President for 7 years).
Author of 3 books including The Freedom Paradox; President of Values-Driven Leadership, LLC
Dr. William S. Spears
Founder and CEO, Cenergistic LLC
O.S. Hawkins PhD
Author of the best-selling Code Series of devotionals including the Joshua Code and the Jesus Code.
A Texas Trial Lawyer
President/CEO, First Liberty Institute
Jim Alkon, Book Trib Review
Dr. Robert Jeffress
Pastor, First Baptist Church, Dallas
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In the News
We were fortunate to have Judge Roy Sparkman join the morning show to talk about his book, “A Pastor’s Pit” which talks about some of the dangers that religious liberty faces today in our culture.