Rally News

Published on May 7th, 2012 by Austin Keith | 0
Stand Up for Religious Freedom – Stop Obama’s HHS Mandate by participating
in a nationwide rally on Friday, June 8 at noon at Hemming Plaza,
135 W. Monroe Street in downtown Jacksonville.

On Friday, June 8, as the United States Supreme Court prepares to issue its ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), concerned citizens of North Florida will take to the streets to voice public opposition to the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services Mandate. The HHS Mandate forces all employers – including Catholic schools, charities and hospitals – to provide free contraceptives, surgical sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs through our health plans, regardless of religious or moral convictions.

The June 8 Stand Up Rally builds on the tremendous momentum created by the first Stand Up Rally held on March 23, with more than 63,000 citizens of all faiths attending local rallies in 145 cities. The date for the rally was chosen to highlight the HHS Mandate’s unconstitutional infringement of religious freedom, coming just weeks before the highly anticipated Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare, expected at the end of June.

It is important to emphasize that the Stand Up Rally has nothing to do with access to contraception. There is no ‘war on contraception’ in our country. Contraception is already widely, cheaply available. What’s really under attack today is religious freedom. Read the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops most recent document, “Our First, Most Cherished Freedom,” available in English and Spanish.

The June 8 Rally also coincides with the 223rd anniversary of the day James Madison introduced the Bill of Rights to the 1st Congress, including what would become the First Amendment. We’re standing up for the First Amendment and demanding that all our health care laws respect religious freedom.

For more information and to help volunteer, contact rally captain Diane Royal at droyalsmiles@gmail.com or visit the diocesan website at http://www.dosafl.com/ or http://www.standuprally.com/.

Photo: Deacon Paul Consbruck spoke on behalf of Bishop Felipe J. Estévez of the Diocese of St. Augustine at the March 23 Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally. Photo by Don Burk.