Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally – Tomorrow!
On Saturday, tens of thousands will take part in a nationwide Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally scheduled for noon local time in more than 140 cities from coast to coast. The Oct. 20 rally will bring together Evangelicals, Catholics, and people of other faith traditions with a unified message: restore religious freedom. The emphasis of the peaceful, nonpartisan rallies will be a call to abolish the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate forcing countless employers to violate their consciences by offering free insurance coverage for contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs under the 2010 health care law.
I invite you to find a rally location near you and make plans to attend.
Tomorrow’s Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally will be the third of its kind. The first two rallies—one in March and a second in June—drew more than 125,000 people, according to estimates. Rally organizers expect a strong turnout once again in round 3.
The nationwide rally comes as opposition to the HHS abortion/contraception mandate intensifies. As we noted this week in our ERLC Weekly newsletter, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission recently signed onto a friend-of-the-court brief to the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals in support of a suit brought by Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey College against the abortion/contraception mandate.
To date, more than 35 lawsuits have been filed against HHS’ grievous infringement of religious freedom. Beginning next year, schools like Wheaton and Belmont Abbey—along with thousands of other religious schools and organizations—will be forced to choose whether to violate their religious convictions in order to meet government demands. This mandate must not be allowed to stand.
For more information:
The Threat to Religious Freedom: The Obama Administration’s Contraceptives Mandate
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission won’t be silent. I hope you won’t either. Stand up and be counted Saturday at the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally!
In His Service,
Dr. Richard Land
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
Southern Baptist Convention