“This is the result of our allowing these critical institutions to fall into the hands of those who are of an opposite world view who are intentionally and systematically deconstructing God’s created order,” said Welch, executive director of the Texas Pastor Council.
“The ungodly abuse of power and, frankly, just evil abuse of that … steals the freedom and ultimately the moral framework of the culture and ultimately attacks the minds and hearts of our children,” Welch said during a conference call set up by the Family Research Council to encourage pastors across the country to take part in the “I Stand Sunday” rally on Nov. 2 in Houston in support of the Texas clergy, who are fighting the subpoena and an ordinance passed by the city to allow transgender individuals to use any public restroom.
As CNSNews.com reported earlier, Annise Parker, the city’s first lesbian mayor, signed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance in May. Opposition to the ordinance led local pastors to mount a petition campaign that would force the Houston City Council to repeal the ordinance or make it a ballot referendum.
Although more than three times the required signatures were collected and certified by the city secretary, city attorney David Feldman overrode the certification by claiming mistakes eliminated multiple pages of the petition, resulting in less than the required number needed to overturn the ordinance or put it up for a vote.
The Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit challenging the city’s right to subpoena materials from church leaders, and the pastors – who where not party to the ADF lawsuit – have filed their own legal motion seeking a Texas Supreme Court ruling to put the fate of the ordinance back in the hands of the city council.
Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and an ordained Southern Baptist minister, spoke during the conference call about the upcoming event and his support for the pastors.
“My hat is off to the Houston pastors who came under siege by the mayor for simply doing what they’re called to do,” said Huckabee, who will be speaking at the Houston rally, which will take place at Grace Community Church. “And that’s present the word of God.”
Huckabee said the pastors took a stand against the city ordinance because of their religious convictions.
“It’s not that we are against something,” Huckabee said. “It’s just that we unapologetically are in a position where we must stand for something, and that something is biblical truth and natural marriage.”
He said the tone of the Houston rally will not only demonstrate that but also be “reflective of the love of Jesus Christ.”
FRC President Tony Perkins said the mayor’s action reveal a much broader agenda by LGBT activists across the country.
“People are beginning to see the true agenda of what’s behind this,” Perkins said during the conference call. “It’s not about two people who love each other.
“It’s not just about the marriage altar,” Perkins said. “It’s about fundamentally altering the cultural landscape of our country.”
During the conference call, Perkins and the others cited multiple cases in states across the country where people who are opposed to same-sex marriage and own businesses that provide wedding services, including bakeries and wedding chapels, are facing fines and other penalties.
The “I Stand Sunday” event will be streamed live on the event’s website, IStandSunday.com, at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Nov. 2 and rebroadcast at 9 p.m.