Woodstock, Illinois Rally Report

Posted by Diane Lewis (June 21, 2012 at 9:00 am)

The theme of this June 8 Rally in Woodstock, Illinois was “A little child shall lead them.”  The children’s choir from the Vine Church in Woodstock opened the rally by leading the crowd in singing Lee Greenwood’s song, Proud to be an American.

And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me. …

On Memorial Day Weekend, everybody sang and prayed, praised our military, both past and present, and, especially when Taps was played so soulfully, we didn’t forget the men who died for that freedom we so cherish.

But freedom isn’t free. What about the sincerely held religious beliefs that have been threatened?

The HHS Mandate requires religious groups to pay for birth control and abortion-inducing drugs for their employees.

But the debate is not only about religious institutions; it is about the rights of conscience of employers (Catholic or otherwise) whose convictions require them not to include contraceptives, abortion-causing drugs, and sterilizations in the health-insurance coverage they provide their employees.

And I gladly stand up, next to you and defend her still today. Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA.

A crowd of 587 people stood together on June 8 outside the McHenry County Government Center in Woodstock, Illinois under the banner of freedom, which the HHS mandate threatens to take away. But “we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights,” which can never be taken away!

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3 Responses to “Woodstock, Illinois Rally Report”

  1. Fr. James Rosselli says:

    Regarding the Dayton rally, is there a lawsuit? We are enjoined not to sue each other–but whoever nthe Dayton authorities are, they are not us. The rally sponsorts should get hold of one of the Christian advocacy groups,
    like ACLJ, Liberty Counsel etc. and recover as much in damages as possible.

    The foreces of evil have regasrded our judicial system as their private preserve for too long. We have not sacrificed our citizenship, and our involvement in confronting the abusers of our system needs to become total. And that means taking them to court, and extracting from them as much as possible.

    This is not just to build up our “war chest,” as worthy as that would be, but it is mainly to get their attention. Such actions as these are the only ones they respect.

    When thr Lored told us to “go forth…” I do not believe that was a call to confine ourselves to defensiveness.

    in Christ,

    Fr. Jim +

    June 29th, 2012 at 6:32 pm
  2. Fr. James Rosselli says:

    Please forgive my multiple typos. I am a clumsy typist, and do not proof-read as much as I should.

    June 29th, 2012 at 6:33 pm
  3. Diane Lewis says:

    There’s a correction in the number of attendees. It should be 487. For a first time ever Rally in Woodstock, coordinated by four people who’d never done this kind of thing before and only started 2 weeks prior to June 8, we had to depend on God, and found Him faithful. He used people talking to people and depending on Him to provide the strength to “get er done.” We were in awe of the number of people who came!

    July 2nd, 2012 at 5:59 am