Posts Tagged “Religious Freedom”


Des Moines Stand Up Rally Report

Posted by Jenifer Bowen (October 26, 2012 at 5:15 pm)

After 2 dreary, rainy days in Iowa, the clouds parted and the sun came out, as if on cue, for the Stand Up for Freedom Rally in Des Moines on the steps of the Iowa State Capitol.

The crowd of about 120 were met with enthusiasm from pro-life student group speakers from Iowa State and Simpson colleges.

Jenifer Bowen, Iowa Right to Life, read a statement from Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds that they would always stand with us in protecting and promoting the religious freedoms of all people.

Stand Up for the unborn, for those living with regret, for the wounded, for the Truth!

Local candidates for both House and Senate addressed the crowd and urged everyone to exercise their freedom and vote their values.

The clarion call for those in attendance came from Monsignor Frank Chiodo who reminded us of our heritage and the cost for religious freedom.

Everyone enjoyed the weather and the speeches and most mingled around long after the rally talking with the speakers.

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Stand Up Rally on Las Vegas Boulevard

Posted by Virginia Douglas (October 26, 2012 at 3:03 pm)

Las Vegas RallyAppreciative honks, waves, and thumbs from passers-by on Las Vegas Bouldevard birightened the smiles of people lining the street with the Stand Up For Relgious Freedom signs. Las Vegas is a city where it is very easy to find talented speakers and singers.

But it is difficult to find churches willing to support activist events. But 110 people, combined with the people on the street was a pure delight for God’s people. Our hour was packed with messages to inspire courage, perseverance, and commitment to ProLife troops. Our ProLifers are trained and experienced in cheerfulness, kindness, and cooperation. [Continue reading …]

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Jacksonville Rally a Great Success

Posted by Mary Simmons (October 24, 2012 at 3:03 pm)

We are proud to say that on October 20th, 2012, Jacksonville Fl held their “Stand up for Religious Freedom” at Riverside Park. Our attendance was great with approximately 150 people in attendance.

Much like the other’s, Jacksonville’s Rally had faithful volunteers who dedicated themselves to the work of Christ. As Christians we need to continue to motivate our people, to stand strong in faith. As it is through Him and Him alone that we are able to gather on city streets to worship as one body. Most countries no longer permit any sort of public expression of faith and we are truly thankful for ours, here in the United States of America. [Continue reading …]

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La Porte, Indiana: How Not to Run a Rally

Posted by Fr.JamesRosselli (October 24, 2012 at 1:31 am)

Stand Up La PorteIt was 9:30 in the morning and the Rally would be starting in two and a half hours. Three of my four speakers had cancelled, one of them ten minutes ago, and the fourth—my keynote speaker—had just informed me that he had a cold and might not make it.

Of course, being the strong and stalwart man of God that I am, I fell into a chasm of gloomy self-pity. The devil whispered all the usual stuff in my ear, how I was a lousy leader and had fallen down on the job; how I wasn’t getting any respect because I  didn’t deserve any, how maybe I should just leave the priesthood and become a bartender, or something.

Same old stuff. We’ve all heard it. It lasted about a half-hour, when I perceived the Lord saying to me, “Relax. I’ve got it.” This was reinforced by my wife (yes, being an Orthodox priest I get to say things like “my wife…”) who reminded me  Who was really in charge. [Continue reading …]

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Boston Rallies for Liberty, Opposes Assisted Suicide

Posted by Lou Murray (October 23, 2012 at 5:37 pm)

Boston RallyAs a crowd of nearly 200 gathered around Holy Name Rotary in West Roxbury, Massachusetts for the Stand Up Rally on Saturday, October 20, another crowd gathered a mile down the road at the Corrib pub.

At the Corrib, Senators John McCain and Scott Brown took on the tough topics like the cover up of the Benghazi terror attack, and the threat to safety posed through looming cuts to the military budget. But many of those who gathered inside and outside the Corrib to get a glimpse, grab a handshake, or salute these fine Senators might want to hear about the speakers at the Stand Up Rally, who spoke so eloquently about ‘Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.’ [Continue reading …]

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U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, Surprise Guest in Owensboro, KY

Posted by Rachel Evans (October 23, 2012 at 10:12 am)

Stand Up Rally #3

Having secured speakers for the third Owensboro Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally, we expected a letter from our U.S. Congressman to be read to us by one of his staff members.

Moments before noon, she informed us that the Congressman was on his way to our rally! We were certainly pleased that he had rearranged a full schedule to come join us! Rep. Guthrie told the crowd that he would continue representing his constituents by vigorously fighting against the HHS Mandate.

“Rest assured I am doing my part in Washington to help overturn this destructive rule. As many of you know, I am a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and its Health Subcommittee which has held several hearings on this rule during which I have expressed my opposition. Additionally, I have cosponsored the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act, which would reverse this rule by allowing health plans to decline coverage of contraception when it conflicts with their religious beliefs. I will continue to hold the Obama Administration accountable and will continue to encourage my colleagues in Washington to do the same.”

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San Antonio Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally

Posted by Phil Sevilla (October 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm)

The San Antonio Stand Up For Freedom Rally was held on October 6th in downtown San Antonio next to San Fernando  cathedral, the mother church of the archdiocese. We decided to hold it earlier because of major event conflicts on October 20th.

We had a great line-up of speakers with Bishop John Yanta who gave the invocation and Michael Dunnigan of St. Joseph Foundation who gave a well-rounded “lecture” on the adverse effects on our Catholic institutions’ liberties if the HHS mandate is not revoked.

We invite you to view the videos of the talks given at the October 6th San Antonio rally below.

We’ll be praying for all the rallies scheduled to be held on October 20th.

Viva Cristo Rey! Viva virgen de Guadalupe!

Phil Sevilla
San Antonio Rally Coordinator

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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. [Continue reading …]

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From the Apple Capital: Seeds of Change!

Posted by Teresa Drollman (June 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm)

Two hundred inspired and passionate protestors turned out for the Rally in Wenatchee, WA (pop. 30,000), despite threatening thunderstorms.

Our amazing speakers included Dr. Mitch Garrison, Natalie Merrill, Karlo Broussard, Shiloh Schauer, and State Representative Cary Condotta, each offering a unique viewpoint and the fire of their conviction and commitment.

Pastor Bob Shepard prayed our invocation, and Pastor Pat McElroy offered a closing prayer. Patriotic music and hymns were led by the John Black Singers. [Continue reading …]

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Standing UP in Charleston, SC

Posted by Patricia Vitkovic (June 11, 2012 at 11:00 am)

Charleston rallyIt has rained for 4 days here in Charleston, but this morning was beautiful.

As our FREEDOM CHOIR started singing the National Anthem , the voices from the crowd joined in and the sound was amazing!  The RALLY BAND added just the right sound for everything!

Our “MC” for the RALLY was Mike and boy did he keep the crowd on their toes!  Of course, Cathy, lead us all in our favorite chant… hey, hey, ho, ho, the MANDATE has got to GO!

I could write a book on our Speakers!   Each shared their personal experiences on how the HHS Mandate will effect their LIVES and their FAITH. From a small business owner, to a law student, 4 Pastors, Radio Talk Show Host, and so many other walks of life, they each encouraged us and lifted us in Prayers! [Continue reading …]

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