By Josh Houston
During the 84th Legislative Session, around 300 Texans who are Muslim participated in Texas Muslim Capitol Day on the south steps of the Capitol. It was a lobby day just like hundreds of others that occur every session such as lobby days for doctors, realtors, or the United Methodist Women. Most of the participants were school children on a civics field trip just like thousands of other school children that come to the Capitol each year.
Unlike the doctors, realtors, or United Methodist Women, however, this lobby day was crashed by roughly 25 protestors. They showed up with signs that read “I serve a RISEN SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!” while yelling things at 12-year-old school girls that cannot be written in a church newsletter. Some of these young Texans were scared to the point of tears to be at their state Capitol.
First Church opened its doors to our fellow Texans so they could have lunch, lobby training, and mid-day prayers in our Family Life Center. The protestors dissipated after all the lobby day participants were safely inside. Presumably, the protestors did not want to draw attention to a church offering hospitality to Muslims. I was proud to be a member of this congregation that countered a false witness of hate with an authentic witness of love.