In an effort to protect the right of religious liberty in America, the third Metro Detroit Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally will be held in Dearborn, Michigan on Saturday, October 20th. The rallies that began in March of 2012 across the United States are a public protest of the Department of Health and Human Services Mandate under the Obama Administration.
The controversial HHS Mandate would force religious institutions to provide contraception, sterilization, and abortion inducing drugs in their employee health plans, though the practices are contrary to the faith and moral doctrine of the provider. Severe fines and penalties to those who will not comply threaten businesses, hospitals, schools and other charitable institutions such as soup kitchens.
Michigan will host 11 of the 130 rallies nationwide. Participating cities are Flint, Ypsilanti, Livonia, Sterling Heights, Gaylord, Kalamazoo, Grand Blanc, New Baltimore, Ontonagon and Saginaw. All rallies are scheduled to take place at noon.
Though the Catholic Church is taking the lead protesting the HHS Mandate as an attack on religious freedom, organizers of the ‘Stand Up for Religious Freedom’ rallies are trying to make it clear that the issue is one that impacts religious freedom for all Americans.
According to Stand Up rally leader Dr. Monica Miller, “This is not about the issue of contraception—this is about protecting religious liberty as it is enshrined in the United States Constitution. The HHS mandate actually seeks to define what constitutes religious ministry in its narrowly crafted so-called exemption… The ‘Obama accommodation’ has done nothing to settle the controversy.”
Dr. Miller states: “The current attack on religious practice in America is one of the most important social and political issues that voters must consider in choosing candidates for office… as we head into this most important general election, the October 20th demonstration is intended as a clear message to the federal government: it has no business defining the scope of religious ministry and that faith based institutions and even private businesses affected by the mandate will simply not comply with the government’s unjust intrusion into the affairs of religion and freedom of conscience.”
Speakers at the Dearborn Rally include Detroit Archbishop Alan Vigneron, Sacred Heart Major Seminary professor Robert Fastiggi, University of Michigan Political Science Professor Michael New, Judy Simmons of the Detroit Pregnancy Center, Neran Karmo of the Chaldean Church in Michigan, Anglican priest Fr. Kenneth Tanner of Holy Redeemer Church, Robert Muise, Senior Counsel—American Freedom Law Center, and popular WMUZ radio talk-show host Bob Dutko.
Saturday, October 20th
12pm - 1pm
13615 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, Michigan at Michigan Avenue and Schaefer Road.