go to the stake for
go to the stake for (something)
To be willing to do anything in defense of one's beliefs. A stake is a pole to which people were once tied when being burned alive as a form of execution. These protests are dangerous—are you really ready to go to the stake for your beliefs?
go to the stake fordo anything to defend a specified belief, opinion, or person.
In the past, especially during times of religious persecution, heretics were liable to be tied to a wooden stake and burned alive if they refused to recant their beliefs.