We’re inviting you to join Immaculate Heart Radio and many other Christian organizations on March 23rd for a National Day of Protest. On this day, at 12 noon, we invite you to stand with other religions in a fight for freedom. This is not just a contreception issue. It’s not just a Pro Life issue. This mandate starts us down the road of allowing the Federal Government to restrict our freedom of conscience and freedom of religion instead of allowing us to choose for ourselves what we will and won’t believe and support.
Join the ranks at http://standupforreligiousfreedom.com and help to organize and attend rally’s all over the country on this day of protest. There are currently over 60 cities with planned protests.
Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and President of the United States Conference of Bishops summed it up when he said:
In the United States, religious liberty does not depend on the benevolence of who is regulating us. It is our “first freedom” and respect for it must be broad and inclusive—not narrow and exclusive. Catholics and other people of faith and good will are not second class citizens. And it is not for the government to decide which of our ministries is “religious enough” to warrant religious freedom protection.
This is not just about contraception, abortion-causing drugs, and sterilization although all should recognize the injustices involved in making them part of a universal mandated health care program. It is not about Republicans or Democrats, conservatives or liberals. It is about people of faith. This is first and foremost a matter of religious liberty for all. If the government can, for example, tell Catholics that they cannot be in the insurance business today without violating their religious convictions, where does it end? This violates the constitutional limits on our government, and the basic rights upon which our country was founded.
Much remains to be done. We cannot rest when faced with so grave a threat to the religious liberty for which our parents and grandparents fought. In this moment in history we must work diligently to preserve religious liberty and to remove all threats to the practice of our faith in the public square. This is our heritage as Americans. President Obama should rescind the mandate, or at the very least, provide full and effective measures to protect religious liberty and conscience.
Above all, dear brothers, we rely on the help of the Lord in this important struggle. We all need to act now by contacting our legislators in support of the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act, which can be done through our action alert on www.usccb.org/conscience.
Support our Bishops! Join the protest! We can all make a difference!