Republican Gov. Phil Bryant of Mississippi said that Christians were ready to be crucified in order to stand up for their faith, which includes supporting Mississippi's anti-LGBT law (video below).
Bryant made his remarks during the Family Research Council's (FRC) Watchmen on the Wall conference, notes Right Wing Watch.
FRC president Tony Perkins gave Bryant the "Samuel Adams Religious Freedom Award" for signing the Religious Freedom Accommodations Act, which allows businesses to refuse service to LGBT people based on the business owner's personal religious beliefs.
During his acceptance speech, Bryant compared Perkins to biblical David, who fought and defeated Goliath:
I remember in Sunday school, reading one of my favorite stories. It was about a giant, a bad giant, who came into a valley one day and he called to the Israelites, "Send down your champion and let me vanquish him." We were in that valley, but Tony Perkins was there with us.
He was there as surely as our Lord and Savior, as surely as the God of all gods stood there with us. And I can tell you how fortunate we are in this nation and in this organization to have a man of faith and leadership in Tony. God bless you for what you do.
Right Wing Watch notes that Bryant later struck a defiant tone against people who opposed the anti-LGBT law and reminded them that Christians were willing to be crucified:
They don't know us very well, do they? They don't know that Christians have been persecuted throughout the ages. They don't know that if it takes crucifixion, we will stand in line before abandoning our faith and our belief in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So if we are going to stand, now is the time and this is the place.
The ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of Nykolas Alford and Stephen Thomas against Mississippi's anti-LGBT law, also known as HB 1523, on May 9, reported The Atlantic.
The ACLU says that the law is unconstitutional because it violates the 14th Amendment "by subjecting the lawful marriages of same-sex couples to different terms and conditions than those accorded to different-sex couples."
The Atlantic notes that the law allows people to refuse "services, accommodations, facilities, goods or privileges" to others based on a "sincerely held religious belief" against gay marriage, sex outside of marriage and transgender people.