Religious freedom rallies planned in over 120 locations
On March 23, more than 120 cities and towns across the U.S. will hear a demand to stop the Obama administration’s contraception mandate and restore the freedom of religious institutions and believers.
“The buzz is incredible,” said Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, who is organizing the Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom along with Citizens for a Pro-Life Society.
“I’m getting phone calls from people all over the country.”
When CNA last spoke with Scheidler, on Feb. 29, protests were being planned in around 50 cities. Since then, the administration has refused to withdraw or change its contraception insurance mandate – and the scope of the national protest movement has more than doubled.
“New cities and towns are still coming on to the rally every single day,” Scheidler said on March 20. “We went into the weekend with 110, we came out of the weekend with over 120.”
“The number of blog posts, and stories, and chatter on Facebook is another sign,” he noted. Based on these indications in both new and traditional media, he expects “a huge turnout across the country,” possibly reaching into the tens-of-thousands.
The March 23 protests, taking place at historic sites and government buildings, are scheduled for the Friday before the Church’s Feast of the Annunciation. That date also happens to be the anniversary of Patrick Henry’s 1775 “Give me liberty, or give me death” speech.
Scheidler says the protests are part of a movement that will not stop until it secures the free exercise of faith. [More]