NCR Covers Rally for Religious Freedom

Posted by John Jansen (March 19, 2012 at 10:01 am)

Stand Up for Religious Freedom RallyThe Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom continues to attract great media coverage.

Just this morning, a lengthy article appeared in the National Catholic Register:

The Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom is set to take place on Friday, March 23, in more than 100 cities across the country. From Hawaii to Maine, citizens are preparing to let their voices be heard on the value of religious freedom. Meeting places include historic sites, congressional offices and federal buildings. The theme for the rally is “Stand Up for Religious Freedom — Stop the HHS Mandate!”

The rallies, which are scheduled to take place on the second anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly called Obamacare), are being organized by the Pro-Life Action League and by Citizens for a Pro-Life Society in response to the recent Department of Health and Human Services mandate requiring most employers’ health-insurance plans to provide co-pay-free sterilization, contraception and abortion-causing drugs.

The mandate is unacceptable to Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League, who is spearheading the rallies. While he says there are numerous objections to the mandate, opposition to it can be broken down into two key points. The first, he says, is that “in principle, this mandate treats fertility, which can be seen as the very definition of health, as a disease. This is being talked about as ‘preventive care,’ as if motherhood, fatherhood and childhood are diseases to be avoided. This is extremely offensive.”

The second point, which Scheidler sees as even more important, is the violation of religious freedom. “This mandate would force employers to pay for sterilization, contraception and abortion-causing drugs, even in violation of their consciences. This is a direct attack on religious freedom itself, despite what many are being led to believe,” he said.

“Some think that because a so-called ‘accommodation’ was offered, everything is fine,” Scheidler said. “The Church, not the insurance companies, would still be forced to pay for things which violate Church teachings. The only way around it would be if a Catholic hospital, for example, would only hire Catholic employees and serve Catholic patients. This is ridiculous — the corporal works of mercy are not meant for Catholics alone. The HHS ’accommodation’ is so narrow that Jesus and his apostles would not qualify for it.”

Read the whole thing here.

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12 Responses to “NCR Covers Rally for Religious Freedom”

  1. Joe Bobak says:

    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

    Edmund Burke

    Now is the time to make our voices heard.

    March 19th, 2012 at 12:49 pm
  2. catherine says:

    i am very sorry the rally in boston has been cancelled
    i will be praying for the other rallys

    March 19th, 2012 at 12:58 pm
  3. Ronda L. Acosta says:

    Not only is this an infringement against religious freedom it is unconsittutional.

    Not all hospitals provide the same care or offer the same programs. The services outlined are private and should be left with the person wanting such services to find them in another plaace.

    This is also against every thing that counters those who are trying to tell teens and others that life is not just a ant to smash out. And that they need to be responsible for thier actions not just do something at the moment for the fun of it.

    There are consequences to our actions.
    Making these thing available in all cersumstances is wrong.
    I myself can not be a the rally but will pray for the removal of such mandate.
    Ronda Acosta

    March 19th, 2012 at 2:37 pm
  4. Chris says:

    The rally in Boston has NOT been cancelled yet. More news is pending.

    March 19th, 2012 at 7:51 pm
  5. Shirley Bedard says:

    I feel it is our duty as Catholics or christians to stand up as our fore fathers did and fight for our regilious freedoms. this is what made our country great. Make a stand while we still can.

    March 19th, 2012 at 8:13 pm
  6. DeeTee says:

    I can’t for the life of me, figure out HOW the O’Bama administration THINKS they can get away with going AGAINST THE U.S. CONSTITUTION …. and with such conviction!

    And, to ‘posess’ (did I strike the ‘operative’ word?)the audacity to think that they are working “for” the people of this country ?

    Sickens me….
    (you bet I’ll be praying, “fiat voluntas tua!” – GOD’s will be done!)…I feel helpless other than that.

    P.S.: Did I get “off the boat” at a bad time in this country ?

    March 20th, 2012 at 12:15 am
  7. marge says:

    I suggest everyone make a copy if the banner on this page and post it on your vehicle……perhaps along with the prayer….I am going to do that today and put it on all sides of my truck.

    March 20th, 2012 at 7:50 am
  8. Kathy says:

    Shame on Boston and our shepherd Cardinal Sean for not leading us in standing up to voice our God-given rights for our Religious Freedom and Conscious Rights.

    This will not be the last rally and we’ve got quite a fight ahead of us. Let’s pray that Boston will wake up and organize so that we can be counted among our Brothers and Sisters in the great country.

    We urge our Shepherd Cardnial Sean and the Archdiocese of Boston to unite with the USCCB and instruct and urge the faithful to oppose this forced oppression of our First Amendenment from our government.

    Our Lady of Boston, Pray for us

    March 20th, 2012 at 8:01 am
  9. todd says:

    I am in support of the notion of religious freedom, however, it feels like people’s genuine and deeply personal views about contraception and life are being perverted by non-religious forces whose agenda is focused on eliminating any possibility of universal healthcare. I really want to understand the motivations of the larger forces at work here.

    March 20th, 2012 at 8:01 am
  10. Rally For Religious Freedom « Reality Prepper ™ says:

    […] The mandate is unacceptable to Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League, who is spearheading the rallies. [Continue reading …] […]

    March 22nd, 2012 at 9:12 am
  11. Catherine West says:

    CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLE: “Only individual persons or corporate “persons which are composed of individual persons may be the subject of legal process. Inanimate objects and living objects not capable of conducting their own defense in a court of law MAY NOT BE PARTIES TO AN ACTION AT LAW.”

    “ for sterilization, contraception and abortion-causing drugs,..” ARE INANIMATE OBJECTS not able to mount their own defense and therefore NOT parties to an action at law: Obama’s dictate as required in HHS law!!

    That’s why God’s Law is the basis for our Declaration of Life with Liberty: Parents, single or not.. and the consequences of “Living object” – the physical organs and chemistry required to have the sexual relationship resulting in the need for the inanimate object:’treatments’ noted above.

    There is no basis at law, for any part of the above to be dictated by any part of the Federal, State Government … and the use of Taxpayer money to support the dictate is Thievery because it is absent an ennumerated power, and both the 9th and 10th Amendments.

    Add on the “free exercise thereof…against stopping life of sexual relationship.. adds this Constitutional Principle: “The Natural Rights of persons are INALIENABLE, preceding the social contract and the constitution, and persons may not be deprived of them even with their consent, since they do not have the power to surrender those rights, and therefore do not have the power to delegate the deprivation of those rights to others.”.

    March 22nd, 2012 at 9:03 pm
  12. j says:

    i, personally think that the world would be a better place without the conflict of religon, however, i do feel it is SOMEWHAT unfair for the government to do this, soley do to the fact that they are contradicting the constitution (though many religigons are contradicting themselves on this website)

    March 23rd, 2012 at 11:32 pm