(CNSNews.com) – To start moving America in a new, pro-family direction, in line with the Constitution and Christian morality, “we have to take a stand right now,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) told a conference of pastors on Thursday in Washington, D.C.
“If we’re willing to fight now, it really is going to change the trajectory of this country in the next 40 or 50 years,” he told the Watchmen on the Wall conference gathered at the Family Research Council. “But this is the time and this is the hour. We cannot wait for a later time. We can’t wait for a later date. This is it. We have to take a stand right now.”
The attendees at the conference included pastors from around the country. On the panel, Senator Hawley was joined by FRC President Tony Perkins and Rep.Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.).
After some prompting by Perkins, Sen. Hawley said to the crowd, “I just think it’s such a critical time for our country. I mean really, we are at a turning point moment as a nation and I think you know that.”
He continued, “I suspect that’s why you [pastors] are here today, and that’s why you’re doing what you’re doing. And I think that your witness in your congregations, your bold and faithful witness to the truth of Jesus Christ, your bold and faithful witness of what we can be and should be in our society is so critical.”
“Because I think the decisions that we make now, if we have the courage now, if we stand up now, if we’re willing to fight now, it really is going to change the trajectory of this country in the next 40 or 50 years” Hawley said.
Shortly after Senator Hawley left the panel, Perkins issued a warning to the pastors in the room concerning the pro-homosexual Equality Act saying, “This is not political, this is protecting your flocks. This is your role as a shepherd to stand in-between the culture and your congregation — your people. You need to speak out on these things, because… they’re coming for your children. Does anybody doubt that?”
The Equality Act (also known as H.R. 5 and S. 788) would extend all the civil rights protections of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to people based on sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation; even transgender “females” (biological males) would be permitted by law to compete in women’s sports.
Mary Beth Waddell, the senior legislative assistant at the FRC, said, “if passed into law, the result of the bill would be a new federal government imposition of a belief system and ideology about sexuality and identity on all Americans with no exceptions.”
The legislation passed in the Democrat-dominant House last week; it is not expected to go anywhere in the GOP-dominant Senate, but that could change after the 2020 elections.
Speaking further about the Equality Act, Tony Perkins said, “That is why they are taking this to kindergarten classrooms. On teaching gender fluidity, they are teaching this radical sex education, and you’ve seen it! You see the curriculum they are taking into our classrooms. It’s not education. It’s indoctrination.
Perkins pleaded to the pastors, “You need to speak out about it, you need to warn the parents, you need to challenge what the children in your congregation are being taught.”