Con­ser­va­tive Chris­tians rally to fur­ther leg­isla­tive agenda,

They cheer ad­vances, call for House vote on bath­room bill.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Chuck Lin­dell clin­dell@states­man.com Con­ser­va­tive

In­spired by the re­cent suc­cess of bills seek­ing to crack down on abor­tion and trans­gen­der-friendly bath­rooms, con­ser­va­tive Chris­tians ral­lied at the Capi­tol on Thurs­day to con­tinue press­ing for fa­vored leg­is­la­tion.

“For too many years we have been the si­lent ma­jor­ity,” Rafael Cruz, fa­ther of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said to shouts of “Amen!” on the Capi­tol’s south steps. “Well, we can be si­lent no more.”

A crowd of about 275 at the Faith and Fam­ily Day rally cheered state Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lub­bock, whose bill to ban sec­ond trimester “dis­mem­ber­ment abor­tions” re­ceived ini­tial Se­nate ap­proval Wed­nes­day.

“God put us here to fight these bat­tles,” Perry said. “When we’re on the Se­nate or House floor de­bat­ing these tough is­sues, we feel your prayers. It gives us strength, it gives us courage, it gives us hope.”

Loud cheers also greeted state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Bren­ham, who said she had “a good week, a long week” lead­ing up to the Se­nate pas­sage of Se­nate Bill 6, which would ban trans­gen­der peo­ple from us­ing the bath­room con­form­ing to their gen­der iden­tity in pub­lic schools and uni­ver­si­ties and in gov­ern­ment build­ings.

“I be­lieve in my heart that we must put safety and dig­nity ahead of so­cial en­gi­neer­ing that is dis­guised as civil rights,” Kolkhorst said. “Se­nate Bill 6 puts the safety, pri­vacy and dig­nity of our chil­dren ahead of other peo­ple’s agen­das, some of which we might call rad­i­cal agen­das.”

Kolkhorst also said she re­ceived vit­ri­olic emails from the sup­pos­edly “tol­er­ant left” and re­vealed that her of­fice had re­ceived a death threat while the Se­nate was de­bat­ing SB 6 on Wed­nes­day.

After the event, Kolkhorst said the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety

Rafael Cruz (cen­ter), fa­ther of Sen. Ted Cruz, meets mem­bers of the crowd at the Faith and Fam­ily Day rally at the Capi­tol on Thurs­day. “The free ex­er­cise of re­li­gion is un­der at­tack in Amer­ica,” he said.

PHOTOS BY DEB­O­RAH CAN­NON / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

The crowd cheers along with a speaker at the rally. After the event, par­tic­i­pants vis­ited law­mak­ers’ of­fices to ad­vo­cate for fa­vored leg­is­la­tion.

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