June 9, 2012

Positivity: Second nationwide rally shows religious freedom movement has momentum

From Washington:

Jun 8, 2012 / 04:49 pm

Speakers and attendees at religious freedom rallies across the United States stressed that Americans are committed to defending their liberties from threats like the contraception mandate and that opposition to them is building.

Congressman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) told CNA that the issue “is not going to go away.”

“There are enough people in this country that are committed to the cause of religious freedom,” he said. “They understand that it’s the basis of all other freedoms, and they will not abandon this cause.”

He described the mandate as an attack on religious liberty that forces people to choose between their violating their faith and facing “government fines or federal condemnation.”

“That is simply not going to be something the American people will swallow,” he said.

Rep. Franks was one of several speakers at the Stand Up For Religious Freedom Rally in the nation’s capital on June 8.

The event was held as part of the second round of national protests against the federal contraception mandate issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The first round of protests was held on March 23, attracting more than 63,000 participants. The June 8 event was expected to top this number, with rallies being held in 164 cities, an increase of nearly 20 locations. …

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