Christians throughout the country will have an opportunity to take a stand in coming days to defend Houston pastors targeted by the city government. The event is “I Stand Sunday.”
The 90-minute event, which will be simulcast on November 2, comes after a lawsuit was filed against the City of Houston and, more specifically, city subpoenas were sent to five Houston pastors.
The controversial subpoenas, part of the discovery process, are demanding that the pastors turn over sermons, emails, and other communications related to a petition drive to overturn an ordinance providing special rights for homosexuals, lesbians and transgendered people.
Many citizens opposed the ordinance and responded with a petition drive. Houston city government tossed out the signatures needed for the ballot initiative and citizens responded by suing the city.
The city then responded with the subpoenas, drawing allegations it was trampling First Amendment rights and religious liberty, and bullying the pastors for their beliefs.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker is an open lesbian, and some members of the city council are homosexuals.
Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is scheduled to speak at “I Stand Sunday,” says Houston’s efforts are unsettling to America.
“But it could be what the mayor of Houston has done unwittingly is to do more to wake up people in the church pews than 100,000 pastors could have done by screaming at the top of their lungs that our culture is rapidly fading away from us,” he tells OneNewsNow.
Family Research Council is organizing the event, which will be held at Grace Community Church in Houston. The pastor of the church, Steve Riggle, is one of the pastors subpoenaed as part of the lawsuit.
OneNewsNow reported this week that Riggle is accusing city government of fraud, alleging that valid signatures – including one from his own daughter – were illegally tossed.
Other scheduled speakers include brothers David and Jason Benham, FRC President Tony Perkins, Alan Robertson and Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty,” and Pastor Riggle. A complete list of speakers can be found here.
Huckabee says the event gives Christians an opportunity to stand with the pastors but adds that it’s an opportunity for something else, too.
“But it also, I believe, gives us an important opportunity and a mandate to make sure that the very spirit and tone with which we approach this is reflective of the love of Jesus Christ and not an angry, vitriolic, acerbic approach, which is what many of us have received for taking a biblical stand,” says the former governor. “But I want to make sure that we don’t pay back in like coin.”