At rally, pastors press House to pass transgender bathroom limits

Chuck Lindell, American-Statesman

Casting the fight over transgender bathroom use as spiritual warfare for the nation’s soul, conservative Christian pastors rallied Thursday morning at the Capitol, pressing House Republican leaders to pass legislation they said would protect privacy and safety.

The crowd of about 200 pastors and supporters broke into frequent chants of “Let the House vote,” criticizing House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, and Rep. Byron Cook, the Republican chairman of the House State Affairs Committee, for blocking legislation that would prohibit transgender-friendly restrooms and changing rooms.

“The way that God made us, he made us male and he made us female. There is no in between,” said Janice Flowers with Faith Outreach Center in San Antonio. “Why have we muddied the waters of our basic and fundamental knowledge with the politically correct answer rather than the truth?”

“We are engaged in a spiritual warfare here,” said Pastor Stephen Broden of Dallas. “We are in the throes of a deliberate attempt to try to strip our nation from its Judeo-Christian heritage to the embracement of doctrines of demons: socialism, communism, Marxism, Darwinism, secular humanism.”

Rev. Dave Welch, head of the Texas Pastor Council and organizer of Thursday’s event, noted that an interfaith group of religious leaders stood on the same spot two days earlier to decry the legislation as hateful.