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  • Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rallies: Our Rights Are Non-Negotiable

    Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally

    Thousands of Americans are gathering today at 160 locations across the United States to peacefully protest the federal government’s coercive trampling on religious liberty through the Health and Human Services (HHS) anti-conscience mandate.

    Today’s Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rallies are a continuance of the events held on March 23 in front of capitols, historic sites, and even the HHS, where the offensive anti-conscience mandate originated.

    The demand for protection of religious freedom evidenced in today’s rallies could not be more pressing. In less than eight weeks, the mandate will take effect, forcing all non-exempted employers to provide and pay for coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization—regardless of their religious or moral objections to such services.

    Many speakers at today’s rally in Washington, D.C., denounced the mandate’s narrow religious exemption that applies only to organizations that primarily hire and serve people who share the same faith.

    Schools, soup kitchens, health clinics, and countless other “Good Samaritan” groups are left completely unprotected by the exemption simply because they serve vulnerable individuals without regard to their creeds or backgrounds. Those organizations are left with an untenable choice: violate their deeply held beliefs, or forgo providing health insurance and risk the penalty of hefty fines.

    It is that dismissive view of the role faith plays in spurring people to care for others and the usurping of religious freedom granted by the Constitution that motivates today’s peaceful protests.

    Lila Rose, president of LiveAction, stated at today’s rally: “We know what the HHS mandate is really about: twisting the arm of people of faith….We will not and we cannot comply with this unjust mandate.”

    The Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rallies come on the heels of continued outcry against the mandate. More than 50 organizations have filed legal complaints over the HHS mandate, demanding relief from the coercive rule and firmly declaring that the religious freedom afforded by the Constitution—not by bureaucrats—is a non-negotiable right.

    As Bishop David Zubik of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, which is party to one of the 12 lawsuits most recently brought against the mandate, wrote this morning:

    [W]hat exactly can we negotiate when it comes to religious freedom already guaranteed by the Constitution? Why are we now forced to concede to the government religious freedom that has always been guaranteed by the Constitution?…The church cannot be forced to violate its own sacred beliefs. To do so starkly contradicts everything we have been taught and know about religious freedom in the United States.

    Whether it is through legal action, signing petitions, or attending religious freedom rallies, Americans are simply asking for greater respect of their right to say “no” to a coercive, overbearing government.

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    8 Responses to Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rallies: Our Rights Are Non-Negotiable

    1. Joe Sanders says:

      All I can say is thank God for Moving people to stand up for what is seriously being threatened: Our religious liberty to practice what our faith as we see fit. We the faithful are the restrainer of secular order through chaos.

    2. Religionsux says:

      ignorant religious people voting against their own best interests because they aren't smart enough to know any better. Maybe picking up a book written within the past 2,000 years would help.

    3. Lloyd Scallan says:

      If so many people are "standing up for religious freedom" why do those that are reported to be the most "religious" among us, namely blacks (about 95%), Hispanics (about 65%), Jews (about 60%), Catholics (about 55%) still support Obama? A majority of women still support Obama despite the fact that they will be the most adversely effected by Obama's policies, mainly ObamaCare? These reports of marches and protest make good news shots, but in the end the Catholic Church will cave to Obama, and with the Republicans shoving Romney down our throats, we will not see any major shift in voters percentages.

    4. Paul Terry Stone says:

      I never thought that religious freedom would be an issue of any kind in this country but I guess that illustrates how far we have deteriorated. As far as the comment about reading a book that's less than 2000 years old, I've got 200, have ordered another book today, and know that the Bible is most practical and teaches me how to live while the others don't touch the subject.

    5. John Williams says:

      Religious are ignorant but who has the best schools? You muddy yourself with those types of comments. The liberal strain in many religions is very troubling, though. Even now the clergy are for universal health care. In spite of their education it seems they haven't thought it through very well, if you lay down with dogs you're going to get fleas. Obama overplayed this one, though, in trying to make Religion the handmaiden of The State. He will lose this time. I believe his spread even among Black voters may come as a shock.

      • Lady Barbara says:

        I hope and pray you are correct. We must do everything in our power to get him out. As for the ones who bad mouth my faith (Christianity) , I have only one thing to say. When I die, I know where I am going to go… I just pray that you repent of your sins and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior before you die.(John 3:16-17) . Hell is a horrible place to spend eternity.

    6. Brad says:

      Our first freedom in our first amendment MUST be protected. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embed

    7. Jeanne Stotler says:

      The first admendmnt is under attack, Religion and speech, one by one the Marxist are going to take away are rights, diseminate our Constitution if we are not alert and fight back

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