TEXAS: Pastors Present “Texas Toilet Seat Award” To Ten Senators For Opposing Bathroom Bill [VIDEO]

From the right wing Empower Texas:

Opening up the press conference-style award ceremony was Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Pastor F.N. Williams, who said, “I never thought in my lifetime, that I would have to stand up, speak out, and even become the plaintiff in a lawsuit against our mayor to protect women and girls when they are using their restrooms, locker rooms, or shower.”

Regarding the discredited claims by the Texas Association of Business that SB 6 would be costly to the Texas economy, another member of the Houston Five, Pastor Herman Castaño, said, “we ask every Texas business owner who believes in protecting women and girls to sever any ties with the Texas Association of Business as a matter of principle and conviction.” Castaño also called for a boycott of businesses who oppose SB 6.

The Texas Toilet Seat awards were given to the ten senators who voted against SB 6: Sens. José Menéndez (D-San Antonio), Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen), Borris Miles (D-Houston), Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston), John Whitmire (D-Houston), Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio), José Rodríguez (D-El Paso), Kirk Watson (D-Austin), Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo), and Royce West (D-Dallas).

  • Joe in PA

    Keeping it classy.

  • Gustav2

    I never thought in my lifetime a pastor would discuss toilet seats in a church, let alone have Toilet Seat awards given from the front of the church.

    • j.martindale

      They are right up there with the Phelps church and that crazy Missionary Baptist in New York. Giving religion a bad name, one church after another.

  • Todd20036

    Given how most religions are buckets of shit spouted by its preachers, I’d say a toilet seat reward is appropriate.
    If I were one of the senators. I’d consider it an honor.

  • olandp

    If I were one of the recipients, I would display my toilet seat proudly. An award from a bigot for not being a bigot. And exactly who should feel shame?

    • Garrett Sparks

      If I were one and knew about the “ceremony”, I would’ve totally pulled a Halle Berry and shown up for it. I would love the look on their faces as I grabbed the mike and went on a tirade against bigots like them.

      • Silver Badger

        Because Texas jails are do much fun?

        • Todd20036

          Oh really? Got any stories?

          • Silver Badger

            The lady found hanging in her cell comes to mind.

      • NancyP

        +1000. And I would have corralled a mother of a transgender child to come along and rip them a few dozen new ones. I read an article at fusion.net on an ex-fundie-Christian Mama Bear activist and her totally adorable and very girly-girl assigned-male-at-birth young daughter.

  • Rex

    It’s appropriate when you realize that they are all about shitting on people’s rights.

  • Rex

    Jesus would have done the same thing, he was all about belittling people in the crassest way possible.

  • Tiger Quinn

    I can’t find any other writing by the black author “Charles Blain” anywhere else on the net.

  • easygoingmister

    What, if anything, can we do to elevate the political and social discourse in this country?

    • Boreal

      Ban inbreeding.

      • Jon Doh

        But Christian Mingle is a great place to view family photos of your sisters.

    • Barry William Teske

      Kate Bush – Don!t Give Up


      • easygoingmister

        Thanks for the hug. I needed it.

    • Derrick Johns

      Get rid of Trump/Pence and elect Democrats. Democratic isn’t perfect, but they answer to their base which includes Gay and Transgender people.

  • jo gerardo

    The Eleventh Commandment, Thou must hand out toilet seats. They must have had time and money leftover after feeding the poor.

  • zhera


    Are they up on e-bay yet?

  • Paul David

    Will these (at this point) out-of-touch throwbacks ever give up?

    • Tawreos

      Not as long as the hate makes the money flow.

      • Paul David

        I wonder if that’s going to dry up as Bigoted Grandma dies.

        • Tawreos

          That will help, as will public acceptance growing for the things they hate.

  • Tawreos

    It really is too bad that he didn’t have time during the awards presentation to lay out all of the incidents of trans people assaulting someone in a restroom…oh I am sorry he did have time and didn’t mention it because there are no recorded instances.

  • Boreal

    How long before Pastor F.N. Williams is caught soliciting sex from someone in a bathroom?

  • this is a thing that the right wing does, that i totally cannot understand. ok, jeebus says you should hate all queers. whatever. but the effort that they are putting into the bathroom regulation bills… what benefit to they derive from it? xtian haters are already going to vote for them. there is no truth to the idea that trans folk are rapists in bathrooms, none whatsoever. i’m fairly sure that even in the most right wing churches, there is little sermonizing about this as an issue. it makes even the most right leaning churchgoer uncomfortable, to have to speak about. no corporate giant that donates to rethugs does so solely on the basis of keeping trans folk from their proper bathroom use.

    it just confuses me. maybe there are a lot more self hating trans folk in the thuglican party than i realized. but i know some rich people who give big money to the thug party; believe me when i say, they are not talking about trans issues, as a way to convince others to be thug supporters. it’s considered distasteful, to even bring up the fact that trans folk exist.

    • Reality.Bites

      I think they view transwomen (it’s never about the bearded, muscled transmen who’d be forced to share bathrooms with cis women) as another form of gay men, and one that’s easier to bash.

      • yet there is little or no political benefit from it. that’s the part i don’t understand. very few people are motivated to be political or to vote in a certain way, solely upon the oppression of trans folk. srsly, it’s a demographic that is so small, that i can’t understand why any money is spent upon it, by the right.

        • The_Wretched

          Fear messaging, those icky people are doing horrible things to your women. Trans* folks being rare but real helps the ‘be afraid of the monster’ line as entirely made up monsters are harder to sell (thought they do that too).

        • McSwagg

          It energizes their bigoted base by giving them an invented reason to get out and vote. Casual observation of Texas politics indicates it is effective.

    • It’s a power thing, as well as control. Whatever the reason, it’s something they love to have, and there’s no such thing as too much of it.

      It’s a sick pleasure they get, where they’re able to make a certain group’s lives miserable, simply because it’s a power they can freely abuse, and no one on their level or higher can/will stop them.

      • NancyP

        Yep, one of religion’s greatest weaknesses is that it is used to provide an excuse for people to prove their own righteousness and membership in the Best Group by beating up on scapegoats. Group violence produces group cohesion – hence, gang rape, war, etc. I find this particularly ironic that Christians don’t have the sense to see that their incarnate God was the ur-scapegoat.

    • grindstone

      They lost the fight over segregation. They’ve lost the fight over gay rights. Too many family members and young folks are opposed to oppressing their friends. Lots of even hardcore evangelicals can imagine same sex attraction, even though they vehemently deny it.

      What’s left? Trans folk. They are few, and these folks can’t imagine wanting to change their gender, so they’re “freaks”. Now how do we couch it to make the oppression palatable? Let’s dust off the original segregation arguments! Danger to OUR women and OUR children.

      It was bogus in the 1950s, it’s bogus today, but by gawd if they’re not actively oppressing and condemning SOMETHING, how will their jesus know they’re out there fighting for his cause??

    • NancyP

      Understand this. DISTRACTION. The corporate types know that they need the votes and the campaign manpower of middle class white people who don’t derive any significant fiscal benefit from the Republican tax cutting program. The way to do this is to keep the church-going population stirred up about Dangerous Sins they don’t commit. While the plebes are hysterical about “men in women’s bathrooms”, the executives are negotiating corporate welfare with the Republican politicians, shifting tax liability toward the middle class.

      It is the same everywhere where LGBT people are being harassed – Russia, Indonesia, many African countries – LGBT people had been regarded as unimportant nuisances until the politicians discovered that they could use the LGBT issue as distraction and as a handy libel against enemies. Where being LGBT is illegal, what better way to get rid of a political opponent than accuse the opponent of being gay, and at the same time slip a big bribe to the police and judges to put the opponent in jail.

      • Craig Howell

        Except that the corporate types are exactly the ones rallying to our community’s defense these days. Your analysis is way out of date.

    • ColdCountry

      It’s largely their fear of what they don’t understand, I think. They can not wrap their minds around a man “wanting” to be a woman, so they think they are really straight men who want access to women’s bathrooms and locker rooms. ‘Cause that’s what they’d do – if they were perverts, of course. Which, of course, they aren’t. Of course.

  • Boreal

    All the senators voting against this BS were Dems, proving once again that both parties are the same.

  • billbear1961
    • vorpal

      I think these days to qualify for your Baptist membership card, you have to rack up a sufficiently high false witness score.

      If you do it with enough smugness, you get to go on to the bonus level.

      • billbear1961

        Minou, I didn’t realize it was you, at first!

        That is a stylish new avatar, but it threw me off!

        • vorpal

          I’ve been experimenting, mon beau ourson!

          I hope you are doing well and that spring is in the air up there!

          Here it is getting a little chilly at nights now. (Well, haha, 10C, but since moving down here, where the yearly temp varies between maybe 8C and 24C, I’ve lost my Canadian abilities to endure a 60 degree difference over a year!)

          • billbear1961

            Well, the snow is melting.



    • NancyP

      Notice the rainbow on either side of Lady Liberty. Which state house is this from?

      • Craig Howell

        None. It’s from the Rotunda of the United States Capitol, a lavish painting by the “Michaelangelo of the Capitol,” Constantino Brumidi, called “The Apotheosis of Washington.”

  • vorpal

    Women need protection from people like Pastor Williams, who would deny them the right to freedom of choice with regards to their own bodies and probably views them as chattel.

    Trans women need protection from people like Pastor Williams, who would put them in possibly life-threatening situations by forcing them to use the men’s room because they were born with a penis.

    In conclusion, Pastor Williams should be kept as far away as possible from other humans and policy making because he is adamant on imposing his obsession with genitals on everyone and expects reality to conform to his world view instead of his world view conforming to reality, which is the way that people who aren’t total idiots do things.

    • Reality.Bites

      Enjoying the new svelte silhouette.

      • vorpal

        Thank you!

        I’ll probably switch back to one of the actual cats when they pause from licking their butts and striking poses that make them look broken long enough for me to get a rare pic of semi-elegance. 😸

        • Derrick Johns


          I might lick mine if I could reach it..but with semi elegance.

    • The Milkman

      Exactly. The data will show that women and girls are at far higher risk of assault from clergy than from trans people. Men and boys too, for that matter.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    That’s actually pretty clever, for a conservative.

  • Jon Doh

    I would have mine made into a lapel pin and wear it proudly.

  • Fifth-and-a-Half Element

    If Yashua ben Josef did exist and did preach as claimed, I’m sure he’d have a 21st century reply for these a**wipes.


  • mikeinftl

    The pastor has a Potty mouth!

  • Boy Elvis

    The Texas toilet seat is now officially a mark of pride, and I hope these state senators treat it as such.

  • BennyB ♫

    The irony here is the preachers of the “Houston five” shall spend eternity in hell as toilet seats themselves.

  • MBear

    religious people are stupid

  • Ninja0980

    Sharia law, Texas style!

  • Mike in Texas

    In case anyone wants to try to understand what the heck has been going on, particularly in this and the previous TX lege sessions, this article has a good summary. Recall that in the last session 21 of 22 antigay bills introduced died somewhere along the way thanks to the Texas Association of Business and Speaker of the House Joe Strauss.

    The Great Republican Rift: The bathroom bill is the latest issue to expose the split between social conservatives and business Republicans


  • kaydenpat

    Women and girls don’t need protecting from transgender women and girls in restrooms though. This is not an issue.

  • Marti386

    I assume your church is paying taxes for the privilege of being able to talk about politics, right Pastor?

    Oh, wait….

  • Sissy Spacedout

    Xtian Talliban rises again.

    Fuck your impotent god, with your soft dick.

    How long before these pastors start calling for killing the women who dishonor them?

  • The_Wretched

    Good News Mr. Williams! You don’t need to protect any restroom goers from trans* people. There’s no evidence that such attacks happen! Now, pastors on the other hand…

  • Dagoril

    Do any of these ridiculous bills actually have any enforcement mechanisms built into them? Are genital inspectors to be stationed in front of every restroom in the state or something?

    • ColdCountry

      Probably not. It’s just giving free rein to those who wish to harass, after which they pat themselves on the back for upholding “Christian” values.

  • Stephanie M

    I loved that they couldn’t even get the name of the bill correct on the award.

    It was the “Women’s Privacy Act” not the “Texas Privacy Act”. Because you know only women need protected, and they don’t consider us transgender women to be women by virtue of our birth.

    If I were these Senators I’d enlarge this award up to 3 times the size and hang it in their offices. So proud of them for standing up for ALL women, and that includes transgender women.

  • Robert Anthony

    That’s about right. Fuck you conservatives, for caring how or where anyone goes to the fucking bathroom.

  • Hank

    So much for Separation of Church and State!!! The “pastors” and their “churches” should ALL lose their Tax Exempt Status!!!

  • Piona O.

    Using this phrase used to be a silly insult, but today it’s totally literal and absolutely factual: These f’ing Repugnicants can’t keep their minds out of the toilet.

  • Craig Brunetti

    How does an employee of an organization that molests little boys regard itself as the champion of protecting little girls?

  • I am reminded of the wonderful book, Motel of the Mysteries


    If I recall correctly, it involves future archaeologists discovering the lost civilization of Usa, And there is something awfully funny about toilet seats . . .

    Seriously, if I were one of these state senators, I would be PROUD to have been awarded a toilet seat by a twisted, evil, demonic group of Christianist “Pastors.”

    The SHAME, if any, is clearly on those “pastors” who are so eager to persecute trans people, and especially trans kids. If there is a Christian form of Hell, they will soon, on the Day of Judgment, find themselves judged, found wanting, numbered among the goats and cast into the lake of fire.

  • sach2

    I helped my wheelchair bound mother into hundreds of “women’s” rooms over several years. Never once did anyone say anything to me (six foot male). Not 7 year olds or 87 year olds. They were there to use the facilities and didn’t care about me getting my mom situated in her stall to do her business.

    Most of us grew up in a house where both sexes used the same bathroom and didn’t think or care about it.

    I just think this is a made up issue. People using a bathroom just don’t care who is “sitting” next to them.

  • TheManicMechanic

    Typical Christian brain at work.

  • Robert Conner
  • Maggie 4NoH8

    What I have ALWAYS wanted – a Texas Toilet Seat? So fucking clever of them.

  • JCF

    As my late mother would say about this “Empower Texas” crowd: “they were toilet-trained too young!” [i.e., developed an immature FIXATION on bodily functions!]