FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 29, 2014
CONTACT: J.P. Duffy or Alice Chao, (866) FRC-NEWS or (866)-372-6397
Houston Mayor Withdraws Subpoenas, but Political Intimidation Continues
October 29, 2014
HOUSTON, TEXAS., October 28, 2014 — On Sunday, November 2, Family Research Council (FRC) will host a nationwide, live simulcast event from Grace Community Church in Houston, Texas. Called “I Stand Sunday,” the simulcast will reach into over 2,500 churches and home groups nationwide. “I Stand Sunday” will provide churches across the nation the opportunity to stand with the pastors and churches in Houston, Texas who have been targeted and harassed by the city’s Mayor because they publicly challenged her efforts to advance policies that are in direct conflict with biblical morality.
FRC President Tony Perkins will serve as host for the simulcast which will also feature former Governor Mike Huckabee, Duck Dynasty’s Phil and Al Robertson, the five Houston pastors who have been targeted by the Mayor’s subpoenas, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, who serves as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, along with many other national and local Christian leaders.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins made the following comments regarding the Mayor’s announcement today and Sunday’s “I Stand Sunday” simulcast:
“Standing together across the nation, Christians have sent a strong message to Mayor Parker. While we are encouraged by this evidence that the Mayor is responding to pressure and withdrawing her unconstitutional subpoenas, this is about far more than subpoenas. As we have stated since the beginning of this intrusion into the private affairs of Houston churches; this is not about subpoenas, this is not about sermons, it is not even about biblical teaching on sexual immorality, it is about political intimidation and the bullying by Mayor Parker that continues.
“Despite the fact that the citizens of Houston gathered over 50,000 signed petitions in 30 days, which is 30,000 more than required by the city charter, the Mayor has refused to allow the people of Houston to vote on her unfair special rights ordinance that discriminates against religious freedom within the city and endangers citizens by declaring that public bathrooms can no longer be limited on the basis of a person’s actual biological sex.
“The citizens of Houston have a right to vote, and Mayor Parker has denied them that right. America must see the totalitarianism that accompanies the redefinition of marriage and human sexuality, which results in citizens being denied their most fundamental rights.
“This Sunday night, thousands of Christians from across the nation will join ‘I Stand Sunday’ to support the pastors and Christians in Houston, Texas and their fundamental rights of religious freedom, freedom of speech and the right to petition their government,” concluded Perkins
Prior to the simulcast, FRC President Tony Perkins, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Pastor Steve Riggle, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, and local church leaders will hold a 4:00 p.m. CT news conference at Grace Community Church where they will offer a preview of the event.
Former Governor Mike Huckabee
Phil Robertson, Duck Dynasty
Alan Robertson, Duck Dynasty
Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council
Steve Riggle, Founding Senior Pastor, Grace Community Church, Houston, TX
Khanh Huynh, Senior Pastor, Vietnamese Baptist Church, Houston, TX
Dave Welch, Executive Director, Houston Pastors Council
Hernan Castano, Pastor, Iglesia Rios de Aceite, Houston, TX
Magda Hermida, Founder, Magda Hermida Ministries, Houston, TX
Willie Davis, Senior Pastor, MacGregor Palm Community Baptist Church in Houston, TX
Dr. Ed Young, Pastor, Second Baptist Church Houston, TX
Dr. Ronnie Floyd, President, Southern Baptist Convention
Todd Starnes, Host, Fox News and Commentary; Contributor, FOX & Friends; Author
Dr. Rick Scarborough, Founder and President, Vision America
David and Jason Benham, Benham Brothers Companies
Erik Stanley, Director of the Church Project and Pulpit Initiative, Alliance Defending Freedom
WHAT: News conference and simulcast event: “I Stand Sunday”
WHERE: Grace Community Church
14505 Gulf Freeway Houston, TX 77034
WHEN: Sunday, November 2, 2014
News Conference: 4:00 p.m. CT
Simulcast: 6:00 p.m. CT
To register for media credentials or for more information, please call the FRC press office at (866) FRC-NEWS or for more info please visit http://www.istandsunday.com