Anti-gay activists open Texas tour with Houston rally

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A trio of Houston's most strident anti-gay haters will troll all things LGBT during a rally next month, part of a statewide tour of hate organized to protect themselves from the “political homosexual movement.”

Because really, the anti-gays are the ones under attack, so says Steven Hotze, Jared Woodfill (photo) and Dave Welch in an email urging supporters to attend the Aug. 13 event:

“Enough is Enough!” One need only look around and see that our country is being radically changed by the left. It is time to stand-up, speak-up, and refuse to give up when it comes to our principles, value and beliefs! We must stand on our faith and boldly defend our religious liberties, our Constitutional freedoms, and our Judeo Christian heritage. We have a duty to protect our children and our grandchildren from a political movement that stands for abortion, redefines marriage and removes God from the public arena.

The eight-city “Faith Family Freedom Tour” kicks off at Houston's Hilton Post Oak on Aug. 13, continues with stops in Fort Worth, Dallas, San Antonio, Tyler, Lubbock and Corpus Christi before concluding in Waco on Oct. 1.

“Christian, it’s time for us to stand up and fight to take back our government from the godless Secular Humanists, Pro-Abortionists and Political Homosexual Movement. We will trust God! We will take action! We will fight to restore our Constitutional liberties based upon Biblical truth!”

The haters tour is an off-shoot of a new group these and other anti-gay religious activists launched with rhetorical zest earlier this month in Dallas. Real Marriage: One Man/One Woman for Life promises to fight LGBT equality and target businesses and elected officials who don't join them, according to the Texas Observer. 

And in case you need a primer on the Houston men involved in the new group and the upcoming tour:

Hotze is the Houston activist and physician that's worried the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage will allow “wicked” gays to recruit children and force educators to teach kindergartners about sodomy. He and his Conservative Republicans of Texas have also trolled the airwaves urging Gov. Greg Abbott to rally lawmakers to save Texas from gay marriage and dubbed gay marriage a “homosexual mirage.”

Woodfill, the former Harris County GOP leader, has spent recent months fighting the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. So of course he had time to take a victory lap on Friday when the state Supreme Court struck down the LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance. He's been at the center of legal efforts to undo it and the city's offering of domestic partner benefits to municipal workers.

Welch has also focused his anti-gay efforts on the repeal of HERO through his Houston Area Pastor Council. He also declared war on businesses that support HERO or similar anti-bias ordinances in several cities around the state.

The “Faith Family Freedom Tour” promises a clown car full of carnival barkers, as Towleroad points out:

The tour is sponsored by 17 people, including:

• Former Congressman Tom Delay, who recently suggested the U.S. Department of Justice wants to legalize sex with animals and little boys.

• Pastor Rick Scarborough, who pledged to set himself on fire if the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, then changed his mind, saying he only planned to do so because he loves gay people.

• Cathie Adams of the Texas Eagle Forum, who recently said same-sex marriage would lead to the end of America if the state Legislature didn’t act to undermine SCOTUS’ ruling.

• David Barton of WallBuilders, who said the SCOTUS ruling will force churches to hire pedophiles to run day care centers.

All in all, this tour — which seems more like a last-gasp fundraising scheme — promises plenty of great entertainment.


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