Everything’s Bigger in Texas – Including the Push-back!
By Tony Perkins
If anyone understands what Donald and Evelyn are going through, it’s the Houston’s pastors. Like the Knapps, they’ve found themselves on the wrong side of political correctness, and the consequences are a demand for their private communications, their free speech — or both.
Mayor Annise Parker’s reign of terror over city pastors continues — despite a head-fake on the subpoena filing late Friday. Instead of sermons, the Mayor is demanding ministers’ “speeches,” along with 17 other forms of private communication from pastors who dare to preach the Bible’s definition of human sexuality. In what one pastor calls “political thuggery,” the city is trying to gag Christians with a message of “you speak up, you pay.” Khanh Huynh, a Vietnamese pastor who was also targeted by the city, said he thought he’d escaped communism when he left Vietnam.
“I never, in my entire wildest dreams thought this would happen to us here in America,” he said on Saturday’s edition of Fox News’s “Huckabee.” Pastor Steve Riggle was adamant about his response. “We are going to stand up and say no,” he insisted. “Religious liberty should be sacred.”
That’s exactly the message we’ll try to convey at I Stand Sunday on November 2 at Steve Riggle’s Grace Community Church in Houston. Together with pastors across the city, we’ll let Houston — and America — know that we aren’t giving up the First Amendment without a fight. Join “Duck Dynasty’s” Phil and Alan Robertson, Governor Huckabee, David and Jason Benham, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, Dr. Rick Scarborough, and Fox News’s Todd Starnes, for a watershed moment for religious freedom in America.
Mark your calendar now to join us in Houston on Sunday evening November 2. If you can’t be there, then do the next best thing: register your church or yourself at our website, istandsunday.com, and take a stand for our religious liberty!
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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