Rally National Co-Director Monica Migliorino Miller Reflects on the Rallies
Posted by Monica Migliorino Miller (March 25, 2012 at 1:07 pm)
So What can we learn from what happened March 23? Why were these rallies—in over 140 cities and drawing more than 50,000 participants from a broad cross-section of America—such a tremendous success? And where do we go from here?
As co-director the the nationwide Stand Up for Religious Freedom and a pro-life activist with four decades of grassroots experience, I’d like to share the following observations:
The Church is beginning to wake-up!
Truly, we see that the Church is stepping up to the social and political attacks on faith that seek to send Christians (and all people of faith) back to the catacombs.
Pray for Catholic Bishops, pray for Protestant pastors, pray for all religious leaders that they will have the courage to not waver no matter what the People of God must suffer!
The grassroots faithful are taking a stand!
The only real explanation for the incredible turn-out for these rallies is that rank and file Christians and people of religious faith see that they must make a real, public response to this HHS Mandate and work to rescind it! This opposition must not die out!
Our message on religious freedom is breaking through!
We are beginning to break though the media wall. Many headlines in news reports on the rallies describe what happened on March 23 as protests of the “contraception mandate”—in other words, still making it appear as though the issue is about contraception.
Nonetheless, the content of the stories reported rightly that the real essence of opposition has to do with religious freedom. We need to continue framing the issue our way—and move the media to understand that the HHS Mandate is an attack on religious freedom!
Our protest of the HHS Mandate has just begun!
The goal of Stand Up for Religious Freedom is to raise nationwide awareness that the HHS Mandate is an attack on personal conscience and the right to religious liberty—but even beyond that goal, this movement seeks to strengthen the resolve of American citizens generally and all people of faith more specifically to fight against this illicit and completely unjust intrusion of government into the affairs of religious practice and belief and be ready to stand up for our beliefs in times of persecution!
Please stay tuned—the protests have not ended!
Indeed, they have just begun!
We thank all who made the March 23 Rallies a success
Eric Scheidler, my co-director of these rallies, and I truly thank all the Rally Captains in 140 the cities nationwide that participated in these rallies. The involvement of local leadership is what really made the March 23rd event such a huge national success!
We offer out thanks to all the bishops who participated, to all the Protestant clergy and Jewish leaders who spoke at the rallies, and to all who made presentations at the rallies from so many perspectives and walks of life.
And finally, a thank you to all of you tens of thousands who came out and swelled the plazas and the sidewalks of America!
Let us move forward boldly in the Love and Strength of God!