From the Stand Up for Religous Freedom Rally:
[Bel Air] — On Friday, June 8, as the United States Supreme Court prepares to issue its ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), concerned citizens of Bel Air will take to the streets to voice public opposition to the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services Mandate.
The HHS Mandate forces all employers—including religious schools and hospitals—to provide free contraceptives, surgical sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs through their health plans, regardless of religious or moral convictions. The Bel Air Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally will begin at 12 noon at the Harford County Circuit Courthouse, 20 West Courtland St, in Bel Air, joining over 150 other cities and towns from Maine to Hawaii that are participating in this national event. A complete list of rally sites and other details are available at StandUpRally.com.
The June 8 Stand Up Rally builds on the tremendous momentum created by the first Stand Up Rally held on March 23, with over 63,000 citizens of all faiths attending local rallies in 145 cities. With the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling coming and the November elections in sight, the June 8 Stand Up Rally is expected to draw even larger crowds. The Bel Air Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally has been organized by Carrie McCarty-Gibson. Guest speakers will include community and religious leaders of several faiths.
• What: Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally
• When: Friday, June 8, 12 noon to 1 p.m.
• Where: Harford County Circuit Courthouse, 20 West Courtland St, Bel Air
• Who: Hundreds of local citizens opposed to Obama’s HHS Mandate
The date for the Stand Up Rally was chosen to highlight the HHS Mandate’s unconstitutional infringement of religious freedom, coming just weeks before the highly anticipated Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare, expected at the end of June.
“If Obamacare is ruled unconstitutional, we must ensure that religious freedom will be protected in subsequent health care legislation,” explained Paula Hoppel, one of the organizers of this rally. “But if Obamacare is not struck down, we’ll be sending the federal government a clear message that the faith-based institutions and private businesses affected by the HHS Mandate here in Harford County will not violate their consciences by complying with it.”
Hoppel emphasized that the Stand Up Rally has nothing to do with access to contraception. “There is no ‘war on contraception’ in our country. Contraception is already widely, cheaply available. What’s really under attack today is religious freedom.”
The June 8 Rally coincides with the 223rd anniversary of the day James Madison introduced the Bill of Rights to the 1st Congress, including what would become the First Amendment. “We’re standing up for the First Amendment and demanding that all our health care laws respect religious freedom,” Hoppel explained.