FIRST THING: I want to make it crystal clear that I am not saying the members of Texas in July are not Christian, I am in fact saying that they are which is why we have a problem with them playing this benefit. I do not hate them and I want them to be successful as a band and would support them if they did the right thing here. I believe from what some of their friends have told me, they are good people. I am praying for them and for God to show them the truth about what supporting this organization publicly and to kids is doing.
That being said:
As I reported earlier this week the self pro-claimed “Christian rock band” , Texas in July is currently playing a benefit concert for the pro-abortion, pro-homosexual web site Sexetc.org. The band refused to answer questions for almost two weeks about why they would support and raise money for such a raunchy, deadly web site. Only after getting thousands of complaints on their facebook page from pro-lifers and confused fans did they make a comment. Now they have confirmed their support of Sexetc.org.
I will post the whole statement from the band and make comments through out the statement.
To all of our fans, we just want to say how thankful we are, for all of the support you’ve shown us with the new album and throughout this tour. It’s been amazing to see you singing along and moving to all of our new and old songs at the shows. We couldn’t be happier with the way things have gone with the release and we couldn’t have done any of this without you. We know that we stand out quite a bit on the Take Action lineup but we’ve been incredibly blessed to share the stage with and perform in front of the most understanding and welcoming people, who have all been open minded to our heavier sound and our personal beliefs.
Many people seem to be confused on where we stand on certain issues and we just want to apologize for this confusion and clear some things up directly. Texas in July in no way favors abortion and are at a loss for words for those saying hurtful and untrue things about our band’s beliefs and motives. We feel that this is the right place for us to be right now. This is, and has always been, about the music. We are excited to be sharing our music with an entirely new audience and will continue to let our music speak for itself.
First of all they do not clarify their position and identify as either pro-life or pro-choice, they just say they don’t favor abortions. Second they say it is just about the music, that statement cannot be true as this is a benefit tour to raise money for a cause and promote that cause. If this was just an album or a regular show maybe it is just about the music, but this is about promoting sexetc.org. Lastly in this statement they claim this is where they are supposed to be. If you are going to identify yourselves as a Christian band, then raising money for an organization that is anti-Christian cannot be where your are supposed to be.
We thank you for your continued support of our band and this album that we have put so much work into. We look forward to seeing you all at the remainder of the Take Action Tour dates and during Scream The Prayer with Norma Jean this summer.
The band clearly will remain on the Take Action tour and continue to raise money for and expose kids to this dangerous web site.
The next part below is the most heart breaking because the band is further promoting the web site and endorsing sexetc.org. By posting this and continuing on the tour they are showing support for sexetc.org and putting kids in danger.
Below is a statement from Sex, Etc. clarifying their own mission as an organization.
“Answer and Sex, Etc. know that when teenagers are provided with accurate, age-appropriate information, they can make healthy, smart decisions that can help them both now and into the future. We are committed to addressing a wide range of sexuality-related topics and presenting a variety of viewpoints to encourage teens’ critical thinking. Our teen editorial staff and national contributors are pro-choice and anti-choice; they are abstinent and sexually active; they are of all religious, ethnic, and racial backgrounds, genders, and sexual orientations and identities. Our commitment is to assuring young people that, as they are navigating the murky waters of adolescence, we are here for them to be non-judgmental and to provide factual, unbiased information and resources.
“Our latest issue of Sex, Etc. magazine is about sexuality and faith, a topic with which many young people struggle. In our hypersexualized culture, teens are given conflicting messages about how they should think and act and what they should believe. It is imperative that they receive the guidance of trusted adults in their lives. This is one of the reasons why we think it is so outstanding that a Christian band like Texas in July agreed to be a part of the Take Action Tour. Christian teens, like all teens, have questions. They need information. They need guidance. And if Texas in July tells them, “Here is this Web site with accurate information,” and we at Sex, Etc. say, “Here’s this information — now go talk with your parents about it,” we’re both playing important roles in helping young people stay healthy and safe. That is our only agenda and our only motivation for doing what we do.”
The band posted this statement on their site and in this statement it talks about the band referring kids to sexetc.org for “accurate information”. Sexetc.org is the far from accurate. Sexetc.org celebrates a “Christian band” supporting them, that should make us all sick.
Here is the truth about sexetc.org which I have provided before and to the band:
The Director of Training for Answer, the parent organization of sexetc.org, received the 2010 Mary Lee Tatum Award, an honor given by the Association of Planned Parenthood Leaders in Education to “the person who most exemplifies the qualities of an ideal sexuality educator.”
One of the website’s main topics is, of course, abortion, with several links to organizations like Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-choice America, Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom, National Abortion Federation and Catholics for a Free Choice. Every single one of these links is to a pro-abortion organization, and not one single pregnancy help center.
One of the articles on this site was written by a 16-year-old girl telling her story of being only 14-years old and pregnant from her 18-year-old boyfriend. The girl talks about running away from home to live with her adult boyfriend and his mother, and later how they help her get an abortion. Here is an excerpt from here story:
“My boyfriend and I decided I should have an abortion. We were worried that because I had run away and because he was older, he’d get in trouble if anyone knew we had a baby. We didn’t want to put the baby up for adoption or become parents.
After we made the decision, we didn’t know where to go for the procedure, so we went to a local Planned Parenthood to talk with a counselor. During the visit, which was confidential, I took another pregnancy test (to make sure it was positive), and then the counselor referred us to another clinic, because our Planned Parenthood doesn’t perform abortions.”
Once again Planned Parenthood looked the other way as an older man impregnated a young teenage girl; this pattern is undeniable. Lila Rose and Live Action have proven over and over again with their undercover work how Planned Parenthood covers up for sex predators. How many stories like this is it going to take to wake up the world to the truth?
Another article on this website is nothing more than a attack-piece against crisis pregnancy centers. The article entitled What You Should Know about Crisis Pregnancy Centers is full of lies and just what seems to be a made up story of how bad crisis pregnancy centers are. The writer tries to make readers think that CPCs will lie to them and that the information they provide is inaccurate.
In the FAQ section they say this about crisis pregnancy centers:
“These centers claim to give women complete and accurate information about their pregnancy options when, in reality, their agenda is to dissuade women from obtaining abortions. They offer misleading and medically inaccurate information about abortion.
Common names of these centers include Crisis Pregnancy Center, Pregnancy Aid, Birth Right, Open Door, or Pregnancy Counseling Center. The Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that there are an estimated 2,500 to 4,000 fake “pregnancy counseling centers” in the U.S.
So, where can you go for honest and accurate information about your pregnancy options? Honest clinics do exist, and you can find one near you by calling the National Abortion Federation’s hotline (1-800-772-9100), or through Abortion Clinics Online.”
Another section of the website is a comprehensive sex guide called “sex in the states” which they describe as “Teens across the country ask us: Can I get the Pill without my mom finding out? Do I have to be a certain age to buy condoms? Can I get an abortion without getting permission from my parents? Are there laws protecting me from harassment at school if I’m a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender teen?” This section is a great source for sex predators as it provides the age of consent and what constitutes a minor in each state.
The band has clearly sold out for the money and exposure they are getting; selling out their so-called Christian values. They are asking kids to come to this tour and exposing them to the lies and danger of sexetc.org. They have also allowed all the profanity and Christian and God bashing statements to stay on their site, they only delete the people who questions why they are on this tour.
One of the most concerning things is the amount of abuse and outright vulgarity, hate mail and death threats coming from many who claim to be Christians. People are posting to our site that they are Christian but we can (Insert many foul, vulgar sexual references here). People calling themselves Christians and telling us how abortion is good and that Sexetc.org is a great site. The bands fans posting pornographic images of Jesus and Mary. Some of them have even been threatening me and wishing I was dead.
I would encourage anyone who is a fan of Texas in July or just concerned to see a Christian band playing this tour, to send them an e-mail and let them know you are disappointed. It is extremely important that you do so in a love and without name calling or being just plain mean about it. You should encourage them to leave this tour and take a stand for life.
You can contact Texas in July at http://www.texasinjuly.bigcartel.com/contact
Please join us and like this boycott page until they drop their support. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-Texas-in-July-until-they-stop-supporting-sexetc-and-thier-agenda/201462106556279