Saturday, October 20, 2012
Rochester Rallies Against Obama's HHS Mandate
Some 200 people gathered at Washington Square Park in Rochester (NY) to rally against President Obama's HHS Mandate that will, among other problems, force religious organizations to pay for contraception, sterilization, and abortion in spite of their belief that these things are wrong.
Speaker after speaker described the mandate as a violation of our First Amendment rights.
One speaker asked us whose word we're going to heed: God's word or Obama's word. Lots of "God's word" in response to the that one!
I don't know yet how large the rallies were elsewhere. There was another one in our diocese that may be larger, and there may have been thousands of people across the nation taking part in others.
It's heartening to know that the Catholic support for President Obama has decreased, perhaps in part to the Bishop's fighting back against his attack on religious liberty. Maybe press coverage of the rallies across the nation will sway enough that he'll lose.
If he does lose, we won't have the luxury of relaxing. We'll have to make sure that he doesn't try to sneak things through before the inauguration, and that we keep Romney on the right track when it comes to life issues.
And if Obama wins: God help us!
Pax et bonum