|Photo taken by our youngest daughter Disa of us after the Rally at the Missouri Capitol.|
Left to right: Leif, Andy, Dale, Micki, and Julia.
'We do not need it'
Rally protests 'assault' on religious freedom
Again and again during an hour-long midday rally Friday at the Capitol, eight speakers in Jefferson City joined counterparts around the nation in demanding the Obama administration stop attacking Americans' freedom to practice their religion.
Executive Director of the
Missouri Catholic Conference
Mike Hoey, Missouri Catholic Conference director, noted the nationwide rallies were sponsored by the Prolife Action League and by Citizens for a Prolife Society.
Several of the Capitol rally speakers also urged Gov. Jay Nixon to sign a bill that lawmakers passed this spring, protecting people, businesses and health care providers from being discriminated against, or penalized, for choosing not to cover some procedures and medicines when providing that coverage goes against religious beliefs or moral convictions.
|Most Rev. John Gaydos|
Bishop of the Catholic
Diocese of Jefferson City
Bishop John Gaydos, head of the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City, said the federal health care mandates requiring people to support services they consider immoral---like the Catholic Church's stance on contraception and abortion---violate the constitutional protections for religious freedom.
of Bott Radio Network
"It is impossible to exercise that religious freedom and, at the same time, compromise the faith that inspires us to action."
Founder of Concerned
Young Women for America
"Unlimited access to abortifacients, no questions asked, does not empower women," Greek said. "The next generation of American woman can do better than this mandate, and I believe we will. ...
Editor of The Pathway
Elise Kostial, 16, said: "No American should ever be forced to participate in, or contribute to, any actions that we believe violate a human being's right to life."
She noted "freedom of religion" comes before freedom of speech in the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment.
Pro-life Wife, Mother
Gina Newlon of Jefferson City said today's arguments over religious liberty are similar to the nation's anti-slavery and civil rights battles, as well as the efforts of those who fought against Nazi Germany.
of St. Martin's Church
Kelli Smith of St. Martin's added: "Our government has gone too far in imposing their morality on the American people...If our government continues to pursue a secular, humanistic and atheistic agenda, I fear they can enact many other unconstitutional and morally devoid laws that would slowly, but surely, deny our God-given and constitutionally protected religious liberties."
|Rev. Susan Jaramillo|
Assemblies of God Minister
Adolf Hitler used this same tactic of telling lies often enough to convince people the information was true, she said.
|And of course afterwards we had to sneak into the Capitol's attic.|
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