Friday, June 8, is the 223rd anniversary of the introduction of the Bill of Rights in Congress.
Also on Friday at noon, tens of thousands of citizens gather all across the country in protest of the HHS mandate that directly attacks Catholic beliefs and teachings. Under President Obama’s direction and his health care law, religious employers will be forced to provide free contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs in their health plans.
But this is not just a Catholic issue. It is bigger than that. It is the president’s attack on the First Amendment of the Constitution. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
If we let the HHS mandate stand which religious liberty will go next? If we let the HHS mandate stand which freedom will go next? Will it be freedom of speech, assembly or the press? And then which of the next 9 Amendments of the Bill of Rights will we be lost? Historically, nations of good people have been overcome by series of small, seemingly unimportant changes or rules which at the end amount to servitude and dictatorship. Stand up for religious freedom now. Please attend a rally near you.
The local rally will be held on Friday, June 8, at noon on the Worcester City Hall Plaza, 455 Main Street, Worcester. I hope to see you there. If Worcester is too far, to find your closest rally please see www.StandUpRally.com.