Mike Huckabee, Religious-Right Groups to Rally at the Texas Capitol on Monday

by Dan Quinn

Fox News commentator and former Republican presidential candidate and Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee will join state and national religious-right groups at an anti-abortion rally set for this Monday evening (July 8) at the Texas Capitol in Austin.

The far-right Texas Pastor Council earlier today told its supporters by email that the “prayer rally” with Huckabee is set for 6:30 p.m. A Concerned Women for America email sets the rally time for 7 p.m. It’s unclear right now whether these are two separate events.

According to the CWA email, other speakers will include that group’s national leader, Penny Nance; former Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave, who is now with the Susan B. Anthony List, which supports anti-abortion candidates for office; Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar of the reality show 19 Kids & Counting on the TLC channel; and “and other well-known national pro-life leaders.”

The rally’s organizers support proposed legislation that would effectively ban abortion in much of Texas. Opponents of that legislation as well as efforts to limit women’s access to family planning services, including birth control, rallied at the state Capitol last Monday.

UPDATE: We just saw a Texas Eagle Forum email noting Dr. Robert Jeffress, the controversial pastor at First Baptist Church in Dallas, is also on the speaker list for Monday’s rally. Among his incendiary comments over the years, Jeffress has attacked Islam as a “religion that promotes pedophilia,” suggested that President Obama is a Muslim and criticized Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for his Mormon faith, calling Mormonism a “cult.” He has also argued that the Constitution allows the government to “demonstrate a preference for Christianity.”

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