Stand Up Rally Draws 60,504, with 161 Cities Tallied

Posted by Eric Scheidler (June 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm)

Crowd shotRally Captains all across the country have been reporting in with their attendance numbers, and with 80 cities tallied, the headcount for the June 8 Stand Up Rally has hit 35,850! Stay tuned to this blog post for updated numbers as reports come in.

Here’s the city-by-city tally. If you have numbers for a Rally city not listed here, please let me know in the comments.

Albuquerque NM 150
Ann Arbor MI 1200
Athens GA 300
Augusta ME 150
Austin TX 500
Bakersfield CA 207
Baton Rouge LA 300
Bayside NY 75
Bel Air MD 125
Belleville IL 51
Billings MT 125
Birmingham AL 500
Bloomington IN 130
Boise ID 200
Boston MA 350
Buffalo NY 700
Canandaigua NY 250
Cape May NJ 51
Carrollton MS 61
Cedar Rapids IA 65
Charleston SC 700
Charlotte NC 150
Charlottesville VA 110
Cheyenne WY 160
Chicago IL 3600
Cincinnati OH 2500
Cleveland OH 150
Colorado Springs CO 100
Columbus OH 675
Concord NH 80
Corpus Christi TX 160
Dallas/Fort Worth TX 1500
Davenport IA 75
Dayton OH 450
Del Rio TX 210
Denver CO 250
Des Moines IA 250
Detroit MI 1750
Eau Claire WI 140
El Paso TX 100
Ellicott City MD 175
Erie PA 78
Eugene OR 130
Fairbanks AK 12
Fairfield IA 60
Fargo ND 85
Flint MI 450
Fort Lauderdale FL 525
Fort Madison IA 124
Fort Pierce FL 130
Freeport IL 160
Fresno CA 185
Garden City NY 300
Gaylord MI 300
Glasgow MT 35
Grand Junction CO 50
Grand Rapids MI 1000
Green Bay WI 500
Greensburg PA 150
Greenville SC 300
Harrisburg PA 200
Hauppauge NY 150
Helena MT 83
Honolulu HI 90
Houston TX 200
Howell MI 500
Huntsville AL 316
Indianapolis IN 800
Jackson MS 100
Jacksonville FL 447
Jefferson City MO 374
Kalamazoo MI 267
Kansas City KS 75
Kenai AK 26
La Crosse WI 217
Lansing MI 1000
Laredo TX 60
Las Vegas NV 125
Leominster MA 137
Lexington KY 275
Lexington, VA VA 34
Lincoln NE 1000
Little Rock AR 800
Livonia MI 300
Longview WA 85
Los Angeles CA 64
Louisville KY 700
Madera CA 200
Madison WI 300
McAllen TX 25
Melville NY 500
Memphis TN 150
Merrillville IN 145
Metairie LA 30
Miami FL 400
Midland MI 300
Milwaukee WI 186
Minneapolis MN 2000
Mobile AL 280
Muncie IN 75
Naples FL 3000
New Braunfels TX 440
New Haven CT 525
New York City NY 500
Newport RI 110
Norwich NY 56
Ocala FL 150
Omaha NE 600
Ontonagon MI 25
Owensboro KY 400
Patchogue NY 300
Pensacola FL 374
Peoria IL 500
Philadelphia PA 1000
Phoenix AZ 1000
Pierre SD 60
Pittsburgh PA 300
Portland OR 300
Pottstown PA 125
Provo UT 13
Rapid City SD 35
Redding CA 100
Richland WA 160
Roanoke VA 200
Rochester NY 350
Rockford IL 150
Sacramento CA 450
Saginaw MI 175
San Francisco CA 700
Santa Ana CA 2000
Santa Maria CA 120
Sarasota FL 900
Scranton PA 420
Seattle WA 350
South Bend IN 330
Southampton NY 75
Spokane WA 110
St. Louis MO 500
St. Petersburg FL 150
Stevens Point WI 250
Syracuse NY 169
Temecula CA 200
Toledo OH 500
Traverse City MI 300
Trenton NJ 1020
Tucson AZ 200
Tulsa OK 250
Vallejo CA 100
Valparaiso IN 500
Ventura CA 300
Vero Beach FL 250
Virginia Beach VA 410
Washington DC 820
Wenatchee WA 200
West Palm Beach FL 201
West Roxbury MA 141
Williamsport PA 127
Wilmington DE 250
Winston-Salem NC 111
Woodstock IL 487
Worcester MA 300

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118 Responses to “Stand Up Rally Draws 60,504, with 161 Cities Tallied”

  1. O. P. Ditch says:

    Peggy Hagen:
    Final count, 175 – including a surprise guest, Congressional candidate Frank Mirabile. Many thanks to all of our speakers, and especially to all of you who took the time to come down to Main St. today! Thank you for standing up for our freedom!

    June 8th, 2012 at 4:07 pm
  2. O. P. Ditch says:

    That was for Ellicott City, MD

    June 8th, 2012 at 4:07 pm
  3. MM Buckner says:



    June 8th, 2012 at 4:10 pm
  4. Kate Johnson says:

    50 at Grand Junction’s rally

    June 8th, 2012 at 4:10 pm
  5. Kate Johnson says:

    That’s Grand Junction, Colorado. Sorry!

    June 8th, 2012 at 4:10 pm
  6. mark h hunter says:

    More than 200 attended the Baton Rouge rally under scorching sun on the Louisiana State Capitol Steps.

    June 8th, 2012 at 4:14 pm
  7. Mark Ostermyer says:

    Hi Mr. Scheidler,

    I attended the Flint MI rally and I am pleased to report about 420 in attendance.

    Mark Ostermyer

    June 8th, 2012 at 4:19 pm
  8. William Polakiewicz says:

    I would guess, here in Pensacola, Fl we had between 200 and 300 people. Our newly ordained Bishop Gregory Parkes started off the rally with a great prayer followed by a great speech. Father Hector Perez added to the rally cry as he drove home the true meaning of religious freedom and how it is now being threatened and if we don’t hand the liberals a defeat at our voting booths, we are finished as a free country. There were other speakers as well and the crowd got the message. It is time to walk the walk. It is time to get out of our comfort zones and fight for what we know is fight.

    June 8th, 2012 at 4:24 pm
  9. Cynthia Habbinga says:

    Jacksonville FL had a headcount of atleast 500, and that was with the threat of thunderstorms the entire time! Actually the rain let up about a half hour prior to the rally and stayed that way for the entire event! God Is Good!!

    June 8th, 2012 at 4:24 pm
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  11. RAD says:

    Pittsburgh had about 250ish. Great event – thanks to all involved to organize.

    June 8th, 2012 at 4:34 pm
  12. Rose Schaeffer says:

    We counted 700 in Louisville, KY!

    June 8th, 2012 at 4:35 pm
  13. Johnny Jackson says:

    I’m the Rally Captain for the Sarasota, Florida rally and we had a great event with a final headcount of approximately 900 people.

    June 8th, 2012 at 4:41 pm
  14. Ana says:

    600 Austin, Tx!

    June 8th, 2012 at 4:44 pm
  15. Ana says:

    600 Austin, Tx!

    June 8th, 2012 at 4:44 pm
  16. Bertha Serafin says:

    1700 plus at Santa Ana, CA rally

    June 8th, 2012 at 4:45 pm
  17. Bern says:

    Phoenix, az is not listed…why?
    Our bishop is very involved….please check?

    June 8th, 2012 at 4:51 pm
  18. Susie Sterbenz says:

    Jacksonville Rally was wonderful. Had a great day. Speakers were great. Weather was great clouds that kept us cool. Promoted the cause and inspired us all.

    June 8th, 2012 at 4:53 pm
  19. Michael F Brennan says:

    St Petersberg, Florida had 100 consistently between 11:30AM to 2PM. Another 50 need to be added related to the come and go folks. Rain and the threat of rain with lightning effected our count. We have had rain all week and St Petersburg lightning is world class.

    Michael F Brennan
    Rally Captain
    St Petersburg, Fl

    June 8th, 2012 at 5:06 pm
  20. Connie I. Ko says:

    A deafening & heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS to all for STANDING UP in more ways than 1 for those who can’t make it today, but r w/ u TOTALLY IN SPIRIT & FAITH! CONGRATULATIONS CHURCH MILITANT, CHURCH TRIUMPHANT!!!!!

    June 8th, 2012 at 5:09 pm
  21. Deb Kavanagh says:

    Over 200 in Temecula CA!

    June 8th, 2012 at 5:13 pm
  22. Phillip Nachazel says:

    Traverse City tally at 300. We had two counters check the crowd, and 300 is solid. Our Speakers we’re tremendous. So many people came up and gave their thanks.

    What a day! Thanks all that prayed for us.
    Philip Nachazel

    June 8th, 2012 at 5:15 pm
  23. Deb Kavanagh says:

    We had 8 awesome speakers in the Temecula rally including Senator Joel Anderson! My rally participants are ready for more marching orders! The army is being gathered! And I got my rally costs covered! God is soo great!

    June 8th, 2012 at 5:18 pm
  24. Kay Griffin says:

    500 People – St. Louis

    June 8th, 2012 at 5:19 pm
  25. Rachel Evans says:

    Final tally for Owensboro, KY is 400 attendees! This is 100 more than the March 23 event. God bless America!

    June 8th, 2012 at 5:20 pm
  26. Kay Griffin says:

    We also had wonderful speakers in St. Louis. Congressman Todd Akin spoke. Very good Representative for the Pro-Life family.

    June 8th, 2012 at 5:22 pm
  27. Terese Beste says:

    Flint, Mi-450.
    counted with hand counter-twice.
    we also had local TV-ABC12, NBC25, Local Talk Radio, Local Flint Journal and The Catholic Times.

    June 8th, 2012 at 5:36 pm
  28. Larry Rutherford says:

    80 at Colorado Springs, CO

    June 8th, 2012 at 5:41 pm
  29. Erin Thielman says:

    84 for Helena, Montana! Darn good numbers for a small town!

    June 8th, 2012 at 5:42 pm
  30. Gayle says:

    We were at the Cedar Rapids, Iowa rally and think there were 75 there.

    June 8th, 2012 at 5:57 pm
  31. Bob Allen says:

    At 6:06 PM CDT – 28,000 from 47 cities – CLEARLY a rather poor showing !!!!! I guess that not many support the cause !!!!

    June 8th, 2012 at 6:08 pm
  32. Bob Allen says:

    6/8/12 – at 6:10 PM CDT – ONLY 29,354 from 49 cities !!! OBVIOUSLY a poor showing and LOW Turnout !!! I guess MOST folk DON’T support your cause.

    June 8th, 2012 at 6:12 pm
  33. Lisa Nicholas says:

    I’m sorry, but the turnout in Fort Worth has been FAR over-estimated. I was at the March rally, when there were perhaps as many as three hundred people, and I was at the rally today, where there appeared to be *no more* (perhaps even fewer) people in attendance than had attended the March rally. I was rather disappointed, particularly since the Dallas rally was cancelled — those people did not make it to Fort Worth, except for some (very good) speakers from Dallas. I was present from before the beginning of the rally at noon, until its close around 2:30, and I periodically scanned the crowd (looking for friends I expected to see). There was plenty of space for more attendees (I was standing close to the speakers’ area throughout).

    Maybe someone included in the 1500 all the Republicans in downtown Fort Worth for the Texas GOP convention. However, except for some politicians who came over to speak at the rally, most of the conventioneers did NOT visit the rally (just two blocks from the Convention Center).

    I hope other cities got a great turnout, but the numbers in Fort Worth did not even remotely approach the 1500 reported on your site. Nonetheless, it was a good event, and I’m glad I was there (both times).

    June 8th, 2012 at 6:12 pm
  34. enness says:

    Okay Bob, you try getting that many people in that many places to turn up for any single cause in the middle of the day on a weekday…I know personally of many people who would have been there if they could have, but were unable for various legitimate reasons. Nice attempt at trolling, though.

    June 8th, 2012 at 6:17 pm
  35. Brian Gibson says:

    2,000 solid count in Minneapolis today. Am have serious internet issues today, so am getting this info to you this way.

    June 8th, 2012 at 6:42 pm
  36. Gene Church says:

    Pensacola Florida had 300!

    June 8th, 2012 at 6:52 pm
  37. Gene Church says:

    We were not able to get on the blog to post, but we had 300 at the Pensacola, Florida rally. God bless.

    June 8th, 2012 at 6:54 pm
  38. Wayne Ringer says:

    Lincoln, Nebraska had 550. Will try to work on a youtube video in the next week of all the speakers

    June 8th, 2012 at 7:33 pm
  39. Virginia Rommel says:

    Amazed! On a hot day we had 125 people show up at noon in downtown Las Vegas. (Up from fewer than 20 in March).Very enthused wonderful activists. All done with e-mails and phone calles. In the last week we had some wonderful responses from lay people of the Diocese. Praise the Lord!

    June 8th, 2012 at 8:07 pm
  40. Judith White says:

    I had the best seats in town as I monitored the Seattle rally from home. We had a live streaming. I was so impressed as our Chair, Pat Ullman and PR leader Cyndie Ulrich each spoke. I’d like to publicly thanks Patricia Ullman for her great leadership and inspiration to her team on both rallies.

    June 8th, 2012 at 8:39 pm
  41. Jason Schmidt says:

    Portland, OR had 300 attendees, and 100 people watching as we streamed online.

    June 8th, 2012 at 8:51 pm
  42. Jeffrey Byrnes says:


    We had 700 on the ground at the Buffalo, NY rally. Not as many as the first time around but still a good turnout. God Bless!

    June 8th, 2012 at 8:59 pm
  43. Heather says:

    Tulsa, OK 250

    June 8th, 2012 at 9:10 pm
  44. Sean James says:

    WOW! Naples Florida 3000. What a turnout at high noon, in Florida in June when half our population has left for the summer. Dynamic speakers. Inspirational keynote by bishop Frank Dewane. Can’t wait for the next rally.
    Sean James

    June 8th, 2012 at 9:22 pm
  45. jeannine marie says:

    This response is for Bob Allen………..we had about 100+ in Ellicott City, Maryland today…..Though our turnout could have been better….we received a LOT of positive feed back from the cars as they were driving by…..thumbs up, signs, cars honking and people waving…..think you are wrong….the support for this cause is there………………….

    June 8th, 2012 at 9:36 pm
  46. Jeffrey Byrnes says:

    Local online news articles about Buffalo, NY rally today.

    June 8th, 2012 at 9:40 pm
  47. Kathryn Kraus says:

    I am a Madison, WI resident, but was up north, visiting family, so I attended the Green Bay rally, instead, this time. At least a 1000, in my amateur estimation, petitions to sign and we heard some great speakers. That rally captain did a great job of organizing it all. We heard from a Polish priest who had been through the communist persecution in Poland. He was living proof the religious freedom is very fragile and worth fighting for.

    June 8th, 2012 at 9:42 pm
  48. Diane Lewis says:

    Our rally in Woodstock, IL. was amazing. We had four Rally coordinators who had never done this kind of thing before. We started just a few days before 2 weeks. We were so inexperienced we had to depend on God. And God was faithful, as usual. He brought us great speakers, despite a faulty sound system. It was awesome to see. I just saw the last count was over 400. ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE. this is truly a work of God.
    I’m proud to be a part of this great work of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who united people who wouldn’t previously talk to each other ~ Protestant and Catholic, Buddhist, and Muslim, and everything in between. We were all gathered under the banner of FREEDOM!

    June 8th, 2012 at 9:54 pm
  49. Bob Allen says:

    I’m ALWAYS suspicious of the PROPAGANDA of round numbers – for instance – Minneapolis, MN 2000 people; Cincinnati OH 2500; Worcester MA 300; Charleston SC 700; etc. I’ll bet that the count at Charleston SC IS closer to 666 !!!

    June 8th, 2012 at 9:58 pm
  50. Bertha Serafin says:

    @Bob Allen: Don’t be a hater!

    June 8th, 2012 at 10:45 pm
  51. Peggy Hagen says:

    Jeannine, I got a number of emails citing graduations/last day of school as the reason people couldn’t come…good turnout, could have been more but it was great for what it was. As for our streetside supporters – how about that cheer from the county truck? Struck me as a very “E.C.” moment!

    June 8th, 2012 at 10:46 pm
  52. Mary Ann Hass says:


    June 8th, 2012 at 10:53 pm
  53. Robert Hernandez says:

    I was in ground zero – Chicago – and the place was PACKED! Definitely 3600 is a good count.

    June 8th, 2012 at 11:20 pm
  54. Ken Kressin says:

    I estimated Minneapolis at about 600. Brian Gibson’s estimate was not made by him, but reportedly an estimate from an unnamed government source. Since most of the attendees were bused in from Catholic churches, he could have computed the turnout more accurately by computing the number of buses and their capacity.

    June 8th, 2012 at 11:22 pm
  55. Louantha says:

    Virginia Beach turnout was 300 – Speakers were amazing – Music was beautiful – Weather was gorgeous – Wonderful Knights of Columbus in full regalia – Great rally!!!

    June 8th, 2012 at 11:25 pm
  56. Kat Carney says:

    Louisville KY didn’t seem to have 700 to me, but I’ve never been good at estimates like that. I see that the “official” count appears to be 700, and the local news station that covered us said “hundreds” (although the claimed there were only dozens of rallies across the US, too) were in attendance. No matter, it was a great day and we stood up for our rights!!!!

    June 8th, 2012 at 11:27 pm
  57. Kristie says:

    Family on vacation from Dallas, TX attended the Corpus Christi, TX Rally. Mother says it was important to attend to protect religious freedom for her children.!prettyPhoto/0/

    June 8th, 2012 at 11:32 pm
  58. Melissa says:

    About 55 people came to Los Angeles. Rockin’

    June 9th, 2012 at 3:13 am
  59. Charles Orr says:

    Headcount from Huntsville, Alabama: 316 including 2 local political candidates.

    Charles Orr
    Kelly Manley
    Rally Captains

    June 9th, 2012 at 4:09 am
  60. Rosemary A. Dacko says:

    Syracuse,NY Great Rally, Beautiful weather, 169 attendees
    Amazing media coverage for a first time Rally City–
    Many faiths represented,Enthusiastic crowd gathered around the flag—The wind kept it waving briskly!
    The speakers inspired those gathered to get out the message and share the Good News!

    June 9th, 2012 at 6:31 am
  61. Sandra Kucharski says:

    Worcester MA rally was a great success! Our Headcount by two separate people showed 250 people turned out on a beautiful day to hear 7 great speakers, although the local paper reported only 100.

    Sandra Kucharski
    Pauline Morris
    Rally Captains

    June 9th, 2012 at 7:25 am
  62. Sandra Kucharski says:

    Worcester MA rally was a great success! We had 250 people turn out on a beautiful day. Our number was verified by two separate head counters; the local paper reported only 100 in attendance. Thanks to the national team for all of their support.

    Pauline Morris
    Sandra Kucharski
    Rally Captains

    June 9th, 2012 at 7:28 am
  63. Dan Barker says:

    I showed up at the Madison rally to support Obama’s HHS mandate, oppose the church’s attack on birth control, and ask the priests to stop molesting children. The angry Catholics there, some of whom equate birth control with abortion, called me a “non-person” and a “Communist,” told me to shut up and said I am going to hell. Seems the church does not want dialogue, only dogma.

    June 9th, 2012 at 7:54 am
  64. Pat Dowling says:

    We had 10 in Buckingham Township in Bucks County, PA. These were people who couldn’t make the rally in Center-city Philadelphia, PA

    June 9th, 2012 at 8:08 am
  65. James Gillenwater says:

    Can anyone out there tell me how to contact anyone organizing this movement. Please I need help.

    June 9th, 2012 at 8:12 am
  66. Marsha Carbaugh says:

    Our headcount in Ocala, FL was 150, and this was in the pouring rain.

    June 9th, 2012 at 8:53 am
  67. C. Bail says:



    June 9th, 2012 at 9:05 am
  68. Teresa Kern says:

    I have not seen a report from the rally captain at the Vero Beach, Fl. Rally. We had an unofficial count of appoximatly 150 people. It had threatened rain earlier but the skies cleared and we had inspiring speeches and sang The Star Spangled Banner, The Battle Hymn of the Republic and God Bless America. Pastor Sempsrott called upon Our God and Creator to Bless our efforts and help all people in our Nation to realize that their rights to free speech and religious liberty came from Him first and foremost as described in Article 1 of Our Constitution. We were all inspired and sent forth by the Honorable David Weldon, M.D. to continue our work fighting for religious liberty and injustice in all its liberal forms in the many months and years ahead!!!

    June 9th, 2012 at 9:28 am
  69. Cate Zeuske says:

    Green Bay Wisconsin had over 475 Attendees. This count was based on the number of small American flags/ Religious Freedom prayer cards distributed to each person as they arrived, until the start of the program.

    The Most Reverend David Ricken, Bishop of the Green Bay Diocese spoke, along with a Pastor, Professor and Priests; patriotic songs were sung by a soloist;and the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard escorted the flag. Very enthusiastic support by the public, many signed petition to oppose the HHS Mandate!

    Link to photos and Green Bay Newspaper article:|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

    June 9th, 2012 at 9:55 am
  70. Lisa Sheehan says:

    Our rally in downtown West Palm Beach, Fl was very successful despite rain and lightning. 200 plus faithful participants came and stayed despite the weather! Five priests,families,and all ages participated. After the rally,we walked to historic St.Ann Catholic Church and were met on the steps by Bishop Barbarito, who had been unable to attend the rally due to a Memorial Mass. He and Fr. Nestor Rodriguez, the pastor, then led us in Benediction and a beautiful prayer service. Praise God! Lisa Sheehan

    June 9th, 2012 at 10:08 am
  71. Bob Allen says:

    WHO – in a count of people – would WANT TO BE – count number 666 ??????

    June 9th, 2012 at 10:28 am
  72. Mary Sorensen says:

    Spokane had 110 people turn out for our rally. This morning, the local paper has a brief story: SpokesmanReview story

    We spread out along the street with out signs… directly across the street from the SpokesmanReview offices – and we had called and e-mailed them to let them know about it in advance – but they still didn’t come out to do an interview. That is, not until our rally director marched over there and basically demanded it. Then the finally sent a reporter. Proverbs says: “The righteous are bold as a lion.”

    June 9th, 2012 at 10:58 am
  73. Martha says:

    Why isn’t Mobile, AL listed? I was there and it was a pretty good crowd, considering weather conditions.

    June 9th, 2012 at 12:27 pm
  74. Bob Allen says:

    IF your Bank uses the Unix Operating System (OS)on their computers – Please Note – the Default Permissions for all files on the Unix OS IS – rwrwrw – or an Octal 666 !!!!

    Would YOU want YOUR money stored in a Bank where the Default Files premissions ARE – 666 ????

    Thank about it !!!!!

    June 9th, 2012 at 12:38 pm
  75. Katherine FitzGerald says:

    Anyone have a tally for Syracuse, NY?

    June 9th, 2012 at 1:22 pm
  76. Colleen Barry says:

    Very glad I attended. Great speakers and connecting with others. Of course each of us Contacting our legislator’s and sharing with loved ones, family and friends why the HHS mandate has to be repealed, is our task now. Praying

    June 9th, 2012 at 3:01 pm
  77. John Clem says:

    Great rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. More details and photos in my blog:

    June 9th, 2012 at 3:43 pm
  78. Marcella Melendez says:

    Approx. 150 attended the Rally in Albuquerque on June 8.

    June 9th, 2012 at 3:58 pm
  79. Laura Blaylock says:

    61 @ Carrollton ms. Rally

    June 9th, 2012 at 5:27 pm
  80. Juanita Landers says:

    Mobile, Alabama had 250!

    June 9th, 2012 at 6:25 pm
  81. Julia says:

    About 200 in Boise, ID 🙂

    June 9th, 2012 at 6:42 pm
  82. Michael F Brennan says:


    Article and photos are here from St Petersburg, Florida

    June 9th, 2012 at 7:42 pm
  83. enness says:

    Dan, I can’t excuse anyone calling you names — however, it’s obvious that your whole point in showing up was to be inflammatory and to slander many good men, and all but the very best of human beings are tempted to respond accordingly.
    C. Bail: who do you imagine is going to be paying for this? If you think the insurance companies will ultimately get stuck with the bill, I have a bridge to sell you (didn’t we learn anything from ‘credit card reform’?).

    June 9th, 2012 at 7:57 pm
  84. Maria Lima says:

    Fort Lauderdale reporting!! More than thrilled and happy to say..we had aprox 525 or so at peak time when our beloved Archbishop Thomas Wenski took the microphone for the most inspiring, motivating, STIRRING messages we could have POSSIBLY expected!! HE WAS ANOINTED! A little disappointed to add that some left after the Archbishop spoke…by Rally’s end we had about 350 BUT that 500 PLUS blew us out of the water! Many, MANY people asked excitedly WHEN THE NEXT RALLY IS!!! Folks, I think we must do it again!!!!!

    June 9th, 2012 at 8:47 pm
  85. Bob Allen says:

    @ 83 – enness – it sounds like you don’t believe that Catholic priests have ever sexually abused children. It also sounds like – in the Biblical admonition of “Judge not, least ye be judged” – that you are judging Dan. For shame.

    And the way you attack C. Bail – a life-long Catholic – MISSES the point that C. Bail makes – which is – and I quote directly from post # 67 – “HOW DOES PROVIDING HEALTH COVERAGE FOR WOMEN’S ISSUES TAKE AWAY THEIR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM?!”

    I believe that YOU, enness, are bearing a FALSE Witness here – which IS a VIOLATION of your God’s commandment found in Exodus 20:16 !!!!!!

    Please, enness – READ and HEAD your God’s Commandments !

    June 10th, 2012 at 2:01 am
  86. Tom Scott says:

    I will pray that a loving God may enlighten your minds and mine. How does making it easier and more affordable for women to plan family size and space children in accordance with their health and economic circumstances infringe upon your religious freedom? Would you deny married couples the comfort and pleasures of the marriage bed in order to limit the number of children they choose to raise? Please help me to understand.

    June 10th, 2012 at 7:17 am
  87. Helen says:

    There were about 400+ , not 1000 people at the Philadelphia rally. I was there.

    June 10th, 2012 at 8:09 am
  88. enness says:

    Oh, I believe. But there’s a vast difference between demanding — respectfully, but firmly — for the responsible individuals to be held accountable, and just harrassing innocent people to make some kind of point. I have nothing to go on but what Dan said, but what he said indicates this perfectly well, so I stand by it.

    As for the rest of your criticism…LOL. You can’t be serious. I leave it to the readers to decide whether I truly “attacked” C. Bail, or merely asked some provocative but very relevant questions.

    June 10th, 2012 at 8:39 am
  89. enness says:

    Dear Tom Scott, thank you for being open to honest and respectful dialogue. I suggest looking into Natural Family Planning (NFP). The Church encourages married couples to be generously open to life, but that does not equate to expecting them to have the maximum number of babies they possibly can regardless of whether they can afford, financially, physically, or psychologically, to give them adequate care. It asks that there be grave/serious reasons, but it does not give a laundry list of what those reasons are (probably because it knows that some will be tempted to use that information as an offensive weapon in a game of “holier-than-thou”).

    Sacrifice is required from both parties, yes, and I do not intend to make light of that; but first of all, a woman is not made to be fertile 24/7/365, so sex is not out of the question. Second, sacrifice is best approached as an opportunity to grow in virtue — love, patience, and obedience to God.

    Don’t take this as any kind of official statement, it’s just my $.02.

    June 10th, 2012 at 8:54 am
  90. Bob Allen says:

    @ 88 – enness – SO – Tom Scott in comment #86 – makes a similar point as does C. Bail in #67 – as Tom Scott puts it (and I quote) – “I will pray that a loving God may enlighten your minds and mine. How does making it easier and more affordable for women to plan family size and space children in accordance with their health and economic circumstances infringe upon your religious freedom?”

    Once again, enness – YOU deliberatly REFUSE to address the issue that C. Bail raises in #67 – “HOW DOES PROVIDING HEALTH COVERAGE FOR WOMEN’S ISSUES TAKE AWAY THEIR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM?!” – and YOU REFUSE to address the issue that Tom Scott raises in #86 !!!!

    SO – enness, popsey – YOU indeed ARE bearing FALSE Witness of these two posts – a VIOLATION of YOUR God’s COMMANDMENT found in Exodus 20:16 !!!!!!

    DON’T YOU realize – enness – that by DOING this EVIL thing – VIOLATING Exodus 20:16 – that YOU – enness – ARE on YOUR way – of going to HELL ??????

    REPENT – enness – REPENT – and seek forgiveness !!!!!

    June 10th, 2012 at 8:56 am
  91. MSan says:

    Happy Solemnity of Corpus Christi! Does anyone have a San Francisco tally, and a video of the rally?

    June 10th, 2012 at 8:58 am
  92. enness says:

    I should add one more thing about that particular sacrifice: for most people, maybe not for all but for most, it will be understood to be temporary. 🙂

    June 10th, 2012 at 8:59 am
  93. Bob Allen says:

    Ah, Enness in #89 – ROMAN roulette – as old as a MALE Pope’s (some having children) – saying ’bout the Rythem Method – rock ‘n’ roll without the music !!!!

    June 10th, 2012 at 9:01 am
  94. Bob Allen says:

    STILL – refussing to REPENT, eh enness ???????

    June 10th, 2012 at 9:03 am
  95. enness says:

    You’re right about one thing: I refuse to address you anymore…because you do not honestly seem to be interested in the truth. You are using the Bible as a weapon without any charity and, in all probability, not even believing the words coming from your keyboard (I’m open to reversal on the latter point if I hear anything that sounds like sincerity). Everything that I have said has not been primarily for your benefit, but so that any ‘lurkers’ watching this thread may learn something from it.

    By the way, I’m not a “popsey” (or was that meant to be Popesey? Either way). I’m a woman under 30. If anyone wondered.

    Happy Corpus Christi. 🙂

    June 10th, 2012 at 9:07 am
  96. Ken Kressin says:

    If some cities, like Minneapolis, are rounding to the thousands digit, then reporting the total to the one’s digit is misleading. It implies a false sense of accuracy. 49,819 should be reported as 50,000. For example, Minneapolis was likely closer to 1,000 than 2,000, and you’re creating the deception that the 2,000 report from Minneapolis was somehow accurate. Imagine if someone reported, “367,508 prayers this hour for supernatural miracles and zero were answered”.

    June 10th, 2012 at 9:11 am
  97. Eric Scheidler says:

    My Friends,

    Two requests:

    1. If you did not actually take a headcount, please do not report numbers here.

    It is notoriously difficult to count large crowds of people. That’s why many police departments, including the Capitol Police in D.C., no longer routinely provide their own headcounts for events like this.

    Ask people to “guess” on the size of a crowd of 2,000, for example, and you’ll get everything from 400 to 4,000.

    Our Rally Captains were trained in how to take accurate headcounts, using a variety of methods.

    2. Please don’t respond to trollers.

    The issues at stake here are too serious to waste any time talking to those who post comments in bad faith, rousing tempers to serve their desperate need for attention.

    Your time would be better spent visiting some of the news stories on Friday’s Rally and clearing up some of the myths still being perpetuated by the media, such as the falsehood that President Obama has already “accommodated” the concerns of religious employers.

    Check out this page of Talking Points to help you out!

    Yours for Life,

    — Eric

    Eric J. Scheidler
    National Co-Director
    Stand Up Rally

    June 10th, 2012 at 10:09 am
  98. michael grimes says:

    Here’s some ‘raw footage’ from our Worcester MA rally.
    About 300 attended. It seemed well-organized, well-executed and quite well-attended (FYI, Boston had 350 for their 2nd rally — this was Worcester’s 1st attempt and we apparently mobilized 300) — great job all!

    Here’s the footage.


    June 10th, 2012 at 10:56 am
  99. noemi says:

    let us all pray; St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle against the wickeness and snares of the devil, may God rebuke him we humbly pray and do thou oh heavenly Host by the divine power of God cast in to hell satan and all the evil spirits who wonder throughout the world seeking the ruin all souls Amen.

    PJPII said to the Bishops and to all of us: couraggio!couraggio! courage! courage!

    June 10th, 2012 at 1:21 pm
  100. Kristie says:

    Approximately 160 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

    June 10th, 2012 at 5:26 pm
  101. PEG NORTON says:


    June 10th, 2012 at 6:32 pm
  102. Stephen Atzert says:

    Fifty people attended the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally in Cape May Court House, NJ, the county seat of Cape May Count NJ.

    June 10th, 2012 at 8:12 pm
  103. Wayne Ringer says:

    You might correct Lincoln, Nebraska’s head count. In comment #37 I reported 550. It was mistakenly recorded in the city-by-city tally as 1000. Thanks for all your efforts on the national level. Keep praying.

    June 10th, 2012 at 9:57 pm
  104. JustRIGHT says:

    Our experience was AWESOME!!! We’ve never done anything like this! Adreneline was shooting sky-high when counter-prostesters dared to show up,and I don’t know WHAT came over me, but I went right up to a woman that had a sign that read,”90-something% of “catholics” take brth control” and told her: You need to write that NOMINAL “catholics” take those drugs, because Catholic doctrine does NOT teach that! I didn’t know I had it in me, but I think I scared her and her 2pals away!

    June 11th, 2012 at 8:38 am
  105. Terry says:

    TV coverage: ABC, Fox; newspaper: Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Macomb Daily; radio: WWJ/CBS, WJR (huge station). All speakers, including invocation, on Great rally! 1,600 to 1,800 people.

    June 11th, 2012 at 9:09 am
  106. Wickie Smith says:

    Redding, CA

    We had 100 people come out on a nice day
    in Redding, Ca. Dr. Gunn, of Shasta Bible
    College was our speaker. Collette Anderson sang
    the National Anthem. Greg Mann and Mary Stephens
    sang a rousing rendition of the Battle Hymn of the

    June 11th, 2012 at 9:59 am
  107. James G. Hanink says:

    While I wasn’t the rally co-ordinator, I was present for the LA rally. I’d guess we had about 70 participants. A significant problem was confusion about the site and sponsorship.

    June 11th, 2012 at 3:03 pm
  108. Bob Newman says:

    A bit over 200 in Pittsburgh, PA.
    Here is our video

    June 11th, 2012 at 8:13 pm
  109. Jean says:

    I worked on the Rally team in Canandaigua, NY. Total count–250. Our numbers were smaller because the school children who had participated in the last rally were taking exams and could not attend. However, some new people did come this time.

    June 11th, 2012 at 8:43 pm
  110. Jean Lloyd says:

    Canadaigua, NY had 250.

    June 11th, 2012 at 8:47 pm
  111. Jean Lloyd says:

    250 showed up for the rally in Canandaigua, NY.

    June 11th, 2012 at 8:50 pm
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  113. Syte says:

    Special guests at Madison, WI’s rally:
    The staff of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, including both co-Presidents, Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker.
    Dan Barker shouted rude things at children while they were praying.
    See details at

    June 14th, 2012 at 5:37 pm
  114. Melissa Gulick says:

    Thanks to the prayers of Monica Miller, Matt Yonke and countless others, the LA Rally came together in less than a week. Thank you Stand Up team and all those who were present at Pershing Square on June 8th, whether physically or in spirit.

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    June 15th, 2012 at 11:34 am
  115. Curiosity says:

    Any timetable for the missing cities? I don’t see my town listed (nor can find any media reports) with the final tally.

    June 15th, 2012 at 1:14 pm
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  118. Glenda LaGarde says:

    Women (and men) are free to buy and use contraceptives; what offends religious freedom is the government’s forcing individuals and institutions to provide contraceptives, including abortifacient ones, and sterilization free of charge to all their employees/students or to use insurance plans which cover those with no co-pay for employees/students. To make what is considered wrong or immoral more accessible and to aid and abate immoral procedures like abortion and sterilization, is, to believers, collusion with evil. They have the right to conscientious objection. Moreover, and a greater offense, for government to define “religious” individuals or institutiuons only exempt if they provide services (like education or hospital care)only for those of like faith. But religions have the right to act out their beliefs in the services they provide to all Americans, regardless of race, creed, or ethnic origin. Contraceptives are easily and cheaply accessible without threatening believers with fines and deprivations unless they go against their consciences.

    June 24th, 2012 at 10:00 pm