I Stand Sunday [Update #2]












Why Take Part?

Join Christians across America for I Stand Sunday on November 2, 2014. Hosted by Family Research Council and other partners, speakers from across the nation will gather at Grace Community Church in Houston, Texas to focus on the freedom to live out our faith free of government intrusion or monitoring. We will stand with pastors and churches in Houston, Texas who have been unduly intimidated by the city’s Mayor in demanding they hand over private church communication.

View this live webcast here:


November 2, 2014

Live Webcast at 7PM ET – 6PM CT – 5PM MT – 4PM PT

Rebroadcast at 9:10PM ET – 8:10PM CT – 7:10PM MT – 6:10PM PT


UPDATE!  THE VIDEO AT THE LINK ABOVE HAS REMAINED UP FOR VIEWING AT ANY TIME.  I think that it is very important for all Christians of any denomination to view this event and see how certain political operatives are attempting to take away the free speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of association rights of pastors and Christian business owners in not only Houston, Texas, but across the country.

~ Christine





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6 Responses to “I Stand Sunday [Update #2]”

  1. I Stand Sunday | Christians Anonymous Says:

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  2. Patricia Says:

    This crowd looks eerily like the crowds we saw when integration of minorities into ‘whites Only’ schools was happening in the 60s. They look the same as the crowds who railed against interracial marriage. Conservatives are excellent at spreading hate and fear. If only they could understand that everyone’s equality is an inalienable right and not up for bigots and haters to control.


    • christinewjc Says:

      Hello Patricia,

      Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

      From what you have written, I cannot determine whether or not you understand the entire issue that prompted the event.

      There have been several lawsuits brought against Christian owners of businesses whose deeply held religious faith does not allow them to participate in same-sex weddings. When they politely declined, the homosexual activists sued them (instead of simply going to another baker, flower shop, wedding venue?) and destroyed not only their religious liberty but also their businesses.

      This is not the same as the interracial marriage issue. Skin color cannot be changed in a person, whereas, sexual orientation can. I always find it ironic that homosexual activists celebrate when a formerly heterosexual person “comes out” as homosexual in later years (e.g. Meredith Baxter – formerly Birney – when she was married to a man), but refuse to celebrate when a person who was previously caught in unwanted homosexual behavior (in some cases, because they were abused as a child by a predator of the same sex) gratefully changes their sexual orientation to heterosexual.

      What’s up with that?

      Anyway, besides the cases involving forcing (or closing down) Christian owners of businesses to participate in ceremonies that violate their religious beliefs, the case that triggered the I Stand Sunday event was because of the Houston Five pastors. Here is what happened:

      It’s not something many are willing to believe. Europe may encroach on its churches, and Christians have long been persecuted in Asia, but this – this is the land of the free. We put “In God We Trust” on our money. We say “under God” in the Pledge. We sing “God Bless America” at ballgames.

      How bad can it really get?

      Ask “the Houston Five.”

      In June 2014, the City of Houston’s leaders implemented a sexual orientation / gender identity law which, among other things, prohibits discrimination on the basis of “gender identity” in places
      like public restrooms. It was not a popular decision: 82 percent of Houstonians opposed the decree. Petitions rapidly circulated throughout the city, signed by citizens demanding that the new law
      be repealed, or placed on a ballot for the voters to decide. Some of the City’s pastors openly discussed the law and its implications from the pulpit – a right the First Amendment protects.

      The Houston law requires a certain number of valid signatures for such petitions to result in a law being placed on the ballot. The citizens of Houston supplied more than three times the required number. The city secretary legally certified the petitions – meaning that the City Council either had to repeal the law or it had to be put to a vote of the people. Yet the mayor and the city attorney refused the certification, saying that less than the required number of signatures was valid.

      In response, a group of citizens filed a lawsuit, pressing the city to comply with the law and honor the petitions. Instead, in the course of preparing for trial, the city’s attorneys served a subpoena against five local pastors, demanding 17 categories of information – including copies of their sermons “related to… the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession,” as well as any personal communications they might have had with church members or others about the bathroom law, homosexuality, or gender identity.

      ADF [Alliance Defending Freedom] attorneys have filed a motion in a Texas court to block that subpoena – along with an accompanying brief pointing out that neither the pastors nor their churches are even involved in the lawsuit, and that the information being subpoenaed has nothing to do with the lawsuit. City officials apparently want to see if the pastors have ever opposed or criticized them … and
      to intimidate them, other pastors, and any other citizens from ever doing so again. In effect, it’s an aggressive bid to control – through explicit legal action or implicit political pressure – what preachers preach, and what Christians believe about social issues.

      The City of Houston’s actions pose a “clear and present danger” to religious freedom. This is a critical “trial balloon” being floated in the culture. Those pressing the agenda the council supports are watching closely to see not only how the citizens of Houston and the media react, but how Christians across America respond to this direct onslaught against their most basic, cherished liberties.

      Source: Alliance Defending Freedom website.

      What is at stake? Well, it boils down to the following opposing viewpoints below:

      “There can be a conflict between
      religious liberty and sexual liberty,
      but in almost all cases the
      sexual liberty should win…”
      Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

      “A time is coming when the government will
      demand that churches accept and promote
      an understanding of sexuality and gender
      that directly opposes God’s Word.”
      Lead Pastor at Skyline Church, La Mesa, CA

      The key words in Dr. Garlow’s statement is “government will demand.”

      The mayor of Houston was clearly abusing her power within her governmental position to trample the electorate who petitioned the government about their rejection of the “bathroom bill” and since the ordinance was rejected by 82% of the public there, they should allow a vote on the issue. In addition, the religious freedom of Christians was trampled upon with her illegal request for sermons from the pastors. Each of these freedoms are guaranteed and written in the U.S. Constitution. This was a blatant attempt by the mayor and her staff to destroy the basic, cherished liberties of Christians.


  3. ADF: Protecting Your Ministry From Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Lawsuits | Talk Wisdom Says:

    […] Talk Wisdom's goal is to defend the tenets and values of Biblical Christian faith. We defend our Constitutional Republic and Charters of Freedom, especially when speaking out against destructive social and political issues. As followers of our Savior and Lord, we should boldly stand up for Jesus Christ in our present circumstances. He is our Savior, Lord, and King, and His love needs to be shed abroad in our hearts and in our world – now. « I Stand Sunday [Update] […]


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