Friday, March 23, 2012

Rally for Religious Freedom

State Treasurer Don Stenberg

Republican National Committeeman Pete Ricketts

Crowds gathered to rally for religious freedom at the federal courthouses in downtown Omaha and Lincoln today.

The rally was part of a nationwide campaign themed "Stand Up For Religious Freedom—Stop the HHS Mandate!" that took place at 140 locations throughout the country at noon today.

Thousands of Americans of all faiths participated in the peaceful rallies, organized by the Pro-Life Action League and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society to oppose the new mandate from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that requires all employers provide free contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs through their health plans, even in violation of their consciences.

The purpose of today's rally was to re-focus the issue on religious freedom and being forced to break tenants of the faith.

Arch-Bishop Lucas says he wanted the rally to show people that they are united and focused against the threats to religious freedom.

Notable Republican leaders participating in the Omaha rally include State Treasurer Don Stenberg and Republican National Committeeman Pete Ricketts.

1 comment:

B2 said...

Activist and author Star Parker told the crowd gathered at the Health and Human Services building in Washington, D.C., that the government is trying to force its ideology on the people.

“Mountains of data point to the connection between traditional marriage and religion to civil order and economic prosperity,” Parker said. “Yet, we are here today, because our times necessitate that we defend both sexual integrity and religion from the onslaught of the same big government and social engineers that gave us the sexual revolution and the war on poverty.

“No more should my auto insurance cover your tune up, should my health insurance cover your sex life,” Parker said. “Not your Viagra, not your condoms, not your birth control devices, not your abortions.”

Parker said the Constitution was designed to protect people from that kind of government infringement.

“I see nowhere in the Constitution that politicians have a right to force religious institutions or religious individuals to subsidize activities, behaviors or lifestyle choices that they consider abhorrent and a violation to the tenets of their faith,” Parker said.