A Duck Call to Action! Robertsons Join I Stand Sunday
As far as Glenn Beck is concerned, the biggest threat facing Texas isn’t Ebola. It’s Houston’s holy war against free speech. “This is more dangerous to the republic of Texas than any virus is. This is more dangerous than anything I’ve ever seen,” the talk host warned. “This is not about equal rights… This is about shutting people down.” And not all religious people -- but Christians.
Like us, Glenn thinks one of the most stunning things about this Left’s anti-faith crackdown is how selective it is. “God forbid you say, ‘This mosque has radical Islamic imams preaching hatred,’” he said on his show. “You have a bag of bricks fall on your head, and they immediately shut down everyone from even saying, ‘Wait a minute -- the bombers came from that mosque… The President immediately sends a team of delegates to apologize to that mosque, as it happened in Oklahoma.”
But in Texas, where a bully of a Mayor is intent on gagging local pastors, the President and his party are nowhere to be found. “We have become a very anti-religious group of people,” Beck went on. “It was the Christians that were leading the way to man’s freedom. And if the Christians don’t do it this time, we’ll never do it. We will lose it…” With nearly 52,000 signing our petition to the Houston Mayor, I’d say many are in agreement.
Fortunately, Glenn wasn’t the only familiar face sounding the alarm on Houston. Chuck Norris had a message for the tyrants in Texas: nobody messes with religious liberty in his state and gets away with it. Angry that any elected leader would try to strip the power of the pulpit, Norris was blunt about the Mayor’s legal demands. Instead of combing through pastors’ personal emails and messages, Norris thinks Houston officials should try reading the Constitution instead. “If the city attorney and Mayor Annise Parker need a primer on the First Amendment, then let them know that America’s founders drafted it even to protect the political speech of preachers!”
And if it’s “speeches” the Mayor is interested in, then she can expect plenty on November 2, when FRC and other organizations link arms with local churches and rallies Christians and churches from around the nation to stand for our Christian faith as we host I Stand Sunday. Like these local pastors, our speakers have a little experience sticking up for their values under pressure. Phil and Alan Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” have taken plenty of fire for standing by their biblical beliefs -- and they’ll be at Grace Community Church with us to encourage Houstonians to keep the faith. David and Jason Benham lost a national show on HGTV for their convictions -- and haven’t regretted it a single minute.
Hear from them, as well as conservative heroes who are never tired of tackling the tough issues like Governor Mike Huckabee, Southern Baptist Convention President Dr. Ronnie Floyd, pastors of the targeted churches like Dr. Ed Young, Pastor Steve Riggle, and the man responsible for breaking his share of these outrageous stories, Fox News’s Todd Starnes.
“We have become a very anti-religious group of people,” Beck warned. “And we better wake up right now.” Help us rouse the nation by joining us November 2 at 6 p.m. (CT) for I Stand Sunday. If you can’t participate in person, do the next best thing: encourage your church or small group to host the simulcast. For details on both, click here.
Viva Law Difference? Obama Cheers Legislating Courts
For a constitutional law professor, President Obama still has a lot to learn about the 14th Amendment. After years of leading Americans on, the former states’ rights, natural marriage defender finally came full circle yesterday, publicly defending the courts’ activism on an issue that still fiercely divides the country. “Ultimately,” the President told the New Yorker, “I think the Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage in all fifty states.” The self-styled “gay rights President,” Obama insisted that judges are right to trample the 41 million Americans who successfully enacted marriage protection amendments.
“The courts’ action was a consequential and powerful signal of the changes that have taken place in society and that the law is having to catch up.” But here’s the problem: the law isn’t “catching up.” The law is being caught under the feet of activist judges. Unfortunately for the Left, which either willfully or ignorantly misreads the marriage landscape, the sea change in public opinion hasn’t been as radical as they claim. If anything, same-sex “marriage” is losing ground as more people come to grips with the consequences of nonconformity -- which, as we learned over the weekend -- includes jail.
The only place where there seems to be an overwhelming consensus on redefining marriage is in the chambers of 25 unelected judges, who have been arrogant enough to substitute their agendas for the will of 13 states. For now, the states are continuing to put up a fight, right down to the local officials forced to carry out the courts’ bidding.
In Rockingham County, North Carolina, the latest state to pass a marriage amendment, another magistrate -- ordered against his will to “marry” same-sex couples -- resigned. Refusing to “desecrate the holy institution established by God himself,” John Kallum walked away from his job to exercise the freedom he should have had performing it. “When I took my oath of office, I understood I would be required to perform weddings… I did not, however, take that oath with any understanding that I would be required to marry same-sex couples… I can no longer fulfill my oath of office in good faith.”
In Idaho, site of the first ministers ordered to perform gay “weddings” or be imprisoned, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is giving the state a brief reprieve by putting a hold on the ceremonies for now. While the two sides appeal the Ninth Circuit ruling that struck down Idaho’s law, the Knapps -- and other ordained ministers -- will hold their breaths, hoping the same country that gave them conscience rights won’t jail the couple for exercising them.
In Government We (Mis)Trust…
Everywhere you look, government is growing. But according to a new poll, America’s confidence isn’t growing with it. According to a survey from Social Sphere, people are anxious about the problems facing the country -- and less convinced the government can do anything to fix them. Two-thirds of Americans think the country is “out of control” and expressed “alarm and anxiety” about the challenges facing us.
From Ebola and terrorism to health care and the White House, voters are scared and pessimistic about the direction of our nation -- a crisis of confidence that just happens to coincide with the midterm elections. Those numbers coincide with the sense of gloom in the Wall Street Journal’s poll, which found a whopping 65% consensus who agreed that America is headed in the wrong direction.
“We haven’t had a plurality saying ‘right track’ in over ten years,” said one expert. “After 10 years, it’s just part of the collective consciousness of Americans.” The country is falling off the rails, and it isn’t difficult to see why. Americans have endured almost two presidential terms of lawlessness, scandal, corruption, broken promises, and fierce attacks to their most cherished freedoms.
This may be a part of the explanation of the recent Pew Research Center survey, which revealed that a growing number of Americans want religion to play a greater role in U.S. politics. Despite the claims to the contrary, there is truth, and if you set your moral compass to it, you’ll not only be led in the right direction, but those who are searching for the way will join with you. This is an opportunity for Christians -- if we won’t allow ourselves to be intimidated and silenced by those who benefit from leading the nation into the moral wilderness.
** Don’t miss Ken Blackwell’s unique take on Annise Parker in Catholic Online, “Houston’s Mayor Is Endangering Civil Rights.”
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.