“Time is running out, and our valuable ministries and fundamental rights hang in the balance” ~ Cardinal Timothy Dolan, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
What grave threat could there be to our apostolate as Catholics in America; what fundamental rights of Catholics are in such great jeopardy to merit such a strong statement?
It is nothing other than the unprecedented assault on our religious liberty by the Obama Administration, in forcing us to accept a Health & Human Services mandate requiring Catholic institutions to offer health insurance plans that cover contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs – a violation of our First Amendment rights as Americans; but more importantly, an action that would force us to reject our Catholic Faith and the teaching of Holy Mother Church.
Should this mandate go unchallenged, our Catholic hospitals, our Catholic service agencies, our Catholic schools and universities, and our Catholic employers will be forced to shut down or to violate their consciences and strongly held religious beliefs by becoming a party to abortion, contraception and the Culture of Death. Should this mandate go unchallenged, the stamp of Catholic service and industry will be all but wiped off the landscape of American public life. The time has come for us to Stand Up For Religious Freedom.
On June 8th, join Catholics from all over Wisconsin who will meet at the Kastenmeier Federal Courthouse in Madison, from 12pm to 1pm for a Stand Up For Religious Freedom Rally.
The battle of our time is before us – and time is running out – will you Stand Up For Religious Freedom?
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Defend your Faith, the Culture of Life, and Stand Up For Religious Freedom!
500 people attended the first Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally in Madison.
Nationally, 6300 people attended Stand Up Rallies in 146 cities.
Bishop Morlino’s excellent remarks at the March 23rd rally are available as an MP3 audio download.
There are photos of the March 23rd rally at Syte Reitz’ blog.
And here is a video of the nationwide rallies: