Pray for Religious Freedom in America

In my opinion, the HHS Mandate which would force religious institutions to violate their teachings or face crippling fines and sanctions represents one of the most serious challenges to America’s Constitutional Government since the Civil War.

This mandate is not a law. It is a government agency rule, established by vote of a small committee of private individuals who were not elected by or answerable to the American people. If allowed to stand, the mandate will establish the precedent that the government may coerce the ministries of whole denominations to violate their own moral teachings or be shut down by government fines and sanctions. This is a direct, deliberate violation of the freedom of religion which Americans have enjoyed for over 200 years. This mandate must not stand.

I feel it is our duty as Americans to oppose the HHS Mandate and to insist that our elected officials act to make certain that this violation of our basic liberties is turned back and that it never occurs again. My hope is that all freedom-loving Americans will join with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in their stand for one of the most important freedoms that Americans possess.

On this, the first day of the Fortnight for Freedom, The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has released the following Prayer for Religious Liberty. If you agree with it, please pray it today and every day of the Fortnight for Freedom.

O God our Creator, from your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ.

Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of society.

We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty. Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened; give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome—for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us—this great land will always be “one nation, under God,indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

  • http://foragingsquirrel.com

    Hi Rebecca,
    I wanted to contact you directly but I didn’t see a contact button. Please see my new post. I’m trying to spread the word. If you are in a position where it would be o.k. to help pass along the message I would appreciate it. :-) no worries if not!

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      I think you have a great idea! Why don’t you post about it here in the comments section, and I’ll mention it later this weekend if I have time. I’m going to be awfully busy with Fortnight activities for a while …. but I’ll try to post again. Thank you!

  • http://foragingsquirrel.com

    I’m advocating an acknowledgement of our faith by wearing the Rosary every day during the Fortnight For Freedom. This is a “quiet” way to be loud. A way to proclaim our faith with the help of the Blessed Mother and show the solidarity of 77.7 million Catholics! And don’t just wear the Rosary pray it as well during this Fortnight For Freedom. Thanks Rebecca for helping me spread the message!

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      It’s a great message. Blessings.

  • reigh

    This reminds me of how Obama spoke of “freedom of worship” but not “freedom of religion”…two very different things where there will be no freedom to practice our faith by upholding and sharing what we believe with others. Dark times ahead.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      I’m afraid you’re right.

  • http://scpeanutgallery.com abcinsc

    Reblogged this on The Peanut Gallery and commented:
    Thank you.

  • http://jamesbrownlord.wordpress.com J.G.Brown

    Reblogged this on The Way.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you J. G. !

  • http://thebusypost.wordpress.com The Busy Post

    Reblogged this on The Busy Post.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you for the re-blog!

  • http://www.durablefaith.com Durable

    Reblogged this on Durable Faith.

  • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

    Thank you for re-blogging this post.

  • http://menofoneaccord.wordpress.com Men of One Accord

    What else can I do? I will forward this to all the the people I can. I guess I will also contact my congress man and senator. This must stop, I did not serve in the Marine Corps to let our freedom to be taken away without a fight, all within the law.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Those are great things to do! Be sure to pray. Also learn more about this attack on our freedoms. Then, follow through with our congresspeople and senators again. Keep them honest. Make sure they DO what the promise! Then, pray some more.

  • http://simplyjuliana.wordpress.com simplyjuliana

    Reblogged this on simplyjuliana and commented:
    This is a very serious issue! I ask you all to be in prayer concerning this matter!! Senator Rebecca Hamilton wrote this and it is very timely and necessary for us all to know about!

  • http://simplyjuliana.wordpress.com simplyjuliana

    Thank you so much for spreading the word on this! So many times we, the American people, don’t know what all is happening that concerns us! Prayers are always with you as you fight the good fight of faith and make leaps and bounds in the government on our behalf!

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Juliana.

  • http://thoughtsfromanamericanwoman.wordpress.com thoughtsfromanamericanwoman

    I have never heard of this mandate so decided to google it. From what I have read I am amazed how it is being explained as a “Catholic” thing Actually I see it as a Christian and Jewish problem. I could not believe what I was reading. I have more to check out on the web, but from what I have read so far I am sickened and my heart is breaking that our country would turn to something like this. Thank you for posting this and making us all aware of what is going on.

    • http://publiccatholic.wordpress.com Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank YOU for taking the time to learn more about it! I feel the same way about it that you do.


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