A Pastor's Pit

Can a Pastor in the US be indicted for the crime of religious hate speech simply for preaching from the Bible?

“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:

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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).

"I have been following religious liberty issues for a number of years and A Pastor's Pit clearly presents the next realistic attack on those freedoms."

Bobby Albert
Author of 3 books including The Freedom Paradox; President of Values-Driven Leadership, LLC

Judge Roy Sparkman
2021-01-28T17:19:17+00:00

Bobby Albert
Author of 3 books including The Freedom Paradox; President of Values-Driven Leadership, LLC

"I have been following religious liberty issues for a number of years and A Pastor's Pit clearly presents the next realistic attack on those freedoms."
“I strongly recommend A Pastor’s Pit for anyone who values our constitutional right of religious liberty!”

Dr. William S. Spears
Founder and CEO, Cenergistic LLC

Judge Roy Sparkman
2021-01-28T17:22:08+00:00

Dr. William S. Spears
Founder and CEO, Cenergistic LLC

“I strongly recommend A Pastor’s Pit for anyone who values our constitutional right of religious liberty!”
"A clear warning for all of us who hold our religious liberties near and dear.  Read it...and reap!”

O.S. Hawkins PhD
Author of the best-selling Code Series of devotionals including the Joshua Code and the Jesus Code.

Judge Roy Sparkman
2021-01-28T16:33:38+00:00

O.S. Hawkins PhD
Author of the best-selling Code Series of devotionals including the Joshua Code and the Jesus Code.

"A clear warning for all of us who hold our religious liberties near and dear.  Read it...and reap!”
"A story that is real life captured in the court room drama and the pastors pulpit and the Supreme Court."

Bob Osburn
A Texas Trial Lawyer

Judge Roy Sparkman
2021-01-28T17:20:37+00:00

Bob Osburn
A Texas Trial Lawyer

"A story that is real life captured in the court room drama and the pastors pulpit and the Supreme Court."
“At a time when religious liberty battles are raging across America, I am grateful Judge Sparkman is not only producing a story of fiction to capture your imagination, but one focused around the crucial battle of our day.”

Kelly Shackleford
President/CEO, First Liberty Institute

Judge Roy Sparkman
2021-01-28T16:32:52+00:00

Kelly Shackleford
President/CEO, First Liberty Institute

“At a time when religious liberty battles are raging across America, I am grateful Judge Sparkman is not only producing a story of fiction to capture your imagination, but one focused around the crucial battle of our day.”
"Is the religious liberty upon which this nation was formed slipping away? For an intelligent, compelling, thought-provoking examination of the topic, I strongly urge you to pick up A Pastor’s Pit — it’s wonderful storytelling, but also so much more."

Jim Alkon, Book Trib Review

Judge Roy Sparkman
2021-06-25T16:38:14+00:00

Jim Alkon, Book Trib Review

"Is the religious liberty upon which this nation was formed slipping away? For an intelligent, compelling, thought-provoking examination of the topic, I strongly urge you to pick up A Pastor’s Pit — it’s wonderful storytelling, but also so much more."
"This book is a must-read for those who cherish religious liberties—and also enjoy a fascinating story!”

Dr. Robert Jeffress
Pastor, First Baptist Church, Dallas

Judge Roy Sparkman
2021-01-28T16:31:44+00:00

Dr. Robert Jeffress
Pastor, First Baptist Church, Dallas

"This book is a must-read for those who cherish religious liberties—and also enjoy a fascinating story!”
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Author’s Ramblings

Preparing Pastors For Religious Liberty Attacks

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Supreme Court Creates Confusion About Religious Liberty

Two decisions by the US Supreme Court in the last week of the Court's 2020-2021 term resulted in confusion concerning the status of religious liberty. In Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, the Court ruled 9-0 that the City of Philadelphia could not bar Catholic Social...

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Importance of Religious Liberty

In A Pastor's Pit Pastor Preston Curtis says that the theological issue of what will happen to us when we die is the "ultimate question about life." This week I have attended the funeral of 2 friends and that ultimate question, and the hope of those who know Jesus as...

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