Dear Marriage Supporter,
The right of churches to speak the truth freely is under threat in Houston.
Five pastors and churches in have had their internal church communications subpoenaed by Mayor Annise Parker. This is part of an intimidation campaign that comes amidst a lawsuit brought by citizens against the city of Houston after a petition from residents was basically thrown out by the city administration.
But none of these pastors or churches are even a party to the lawsuit! This action is simply an attempt to intimidate anyone who has dared to question the city's terrible gender-neutral "bathroom bill" — the ordinance against which the voters signed the petition.
The bottom line, though, is that the government has no business monitoring sermons or prying into the private communications between a pastor and his congregation! The Constitution secures the freedom of the church to proclaim the truth. We can't sit idly by and allow intimidation like this to stand.
That's why The National Organization for Marriage is proud to be a partner in a special nationwide simulcast event, live from Houston:
The event will stream live from Grace Community Church in Houston—one of the affected churches—and will focus on what's happening in that city, as well as other threats to religious freedom around the country. Our aim will be to show how Christians nationwide can stand together in love and unity for America's First Freedom of religious liberty.
Please bring this to the attention of the your church leadership, and encourage them to have your church join with us and churches across the country as we focus on this issue that is crucial to the freedom of the church. If your church is unable to join, there's also a home viewing option, where you can watch with your small group.
Speakers will include:
David & Jason Benham, Co-founders, Benham Companies
Hernan Castano, Pastor, Iglesia Rios de Aceite — Houston
Dr. Ronnie Floyd, President, Southern Baptist Convention
Magda Hermida, Founder, Magda Hermida Ministries
Gov. Mike Huckabee, Host of Fox News' Huckabee, former Gov. Arkansas
Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council
Pastor Steve Riggle, Founding Senior Pastor, Grace Community Church, Houston
Alan Robertson, Star of Duck Dynasty
Phil Robertson, The Duck Commander/Duck Dynasty
Dr. Rick Scarborough, President, Vision America
Todd Starnes, Fox News Radio
Dr. Ed Young, Pastor, Second Baptist Church Houston
Time is short, but the issue is crucial. The affected pastors and churches in Houston need believers from across the nation standing with them in solidarity for the right to freely proclaim the truth of Scripture. Visit IStandSunday.com to find out how you can be a part of this bold moment of witness to the truth and this historic stance for our most cherished liberties.
Brian S. Brown
National Organization for Marriage