Best Rally Sign I’ve Yet Seen! UPDATES

Photo Credit: Tom Crowe

Grabbed off of Facebook, the best picture I’ve yet seen of the “Stand up” rallies, with the best sign. These are two of the Sisters of Reparation to the Most Sacred Heart — the novice is Sister Mary Joseph and the professed sister is Sister John Mary; they are part of a newish, growing community dedicated to the New Evangelization, and — if you can’t make it out — their sign reads: We fed you; we taught you; we nursed you; we visited you. Keep our conscience free!

Well done!

I snapped this out in front of a Congressman’s office today. There were about 150 people, mostly seniors –it’s hard to rally when you have to be in the office!

Kathryn Lopez is collecting pictures and posting them. If you have any, send them her way!

More pics here

I’m not sure how you gauge the number of participants, but I’m sure it was thousands if not tens of thousands, then again I heard just one venue in Kansas, among several, had over 500 people attending, so…who knows?

I’ll update later this evening with reports and such!

First Update: Okay, I have a photosource and credit for that great picture of the Sisters of Reparation. Sourced at Catholic Vote, picture credit goes to “CV blogger Tom Crowe at the Pittsburgh Rally for Religious Freedom.” I hope Mr. Crowe doesn’t mind my using the picture! It’s a winner!

Well, from the collections of pictures Thomas Peters has
, it looks like it may be “tens of thousands” after all!

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  • Gail Finke

    Oh I have one for you! I don’t think I can post it here, can I? Email me where I can sent it — at — and I will send you my best sign of the day.

    In Cincinnati we had between 800 and 1000 on the steps in front of our cathedral — and it poured for the entire hour. People really wanted to be there! The organizer and speakers are sure that if it had been a nice day we would have had a LOT more.

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  • Peggy

    My favorite sign at the Washington DC rally quoted President Obama’s speech in Cairo on 4 June 2009:

    “it is important for Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they see fit”

    The sign went on to ask that the same consideration be given to Catholics in the USA.

  • You Go Anchoress

    I attended the rally in Chicago today in the midst of a downpour. Estimates are that there were upwards of 2,000 people there–men, women, children, seniors and, yes, a handful of kooks. Still, it was an inspiring turnout. The local media mostly ignored it. (Apparently, a dog was abandoned on the expressway today.) The only channel that even mentioned the rally estimated the crowd at about 300 people, which is simply ridiculous.

    I’m not surprised that the media has ignored or distorted this issue; they have their own agenda. What bothers me more is that I haven’t heard word one from the pulpit about the HHS mandate. Sometimes I feel like, as members of the laity, we are on our own in this fight. The priests seem to be out to lunch.

  • Bro AJK

    In St Louis, we had 100-150 gather outside Sen. McCaskill’s office (who coincidentally is in the ad as I type this). If about 140 cities hosted something like this, and each draws about 100, then you have 14,000. So, at minimum, I’d say 20,000 when all is said and done. I am certain Jefferson City will draw more on Tuesday than St Louis did today..

  • Chris Goulet

    Awesome pics. I was at Chicago and the phrase “Let the government be the government and the church be the church” really got me. I wrote a little blogpost about it, including the speech of Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski here:

  • Maria

    I would like to have a sign that says “Keep Obama out of my ovaries” or “Obamacare doesn’t care”

  • Mutnodjmet

    Over 700 San Diegans Rallied for Religious Freedom: Elite Media Minimizes

    At our event, my favorite sign was this: ST. MICHAEL, DEFEND US IN BATTLE.

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  • Blake Helgoth

    Some great signs. However, at the rally to which I went there were many signs that made you think, these people do not really understand the issue here. There was far to much in the way of typical political rhetoric, down with Obama, Republicans are great, etc. We need to do some major catechesis, and quick!
    I did not have time to make a sign, but if I had it would have said “Give me liberty or give me death!” It was, after all, the anniversary of that great speech.

  • Mr. Patton

    “In St Louis, we had 100-150 gather outside Sen. McCaskill’s office (who coincidentally is in the ad as I type this). If about 140 cities hosted something like this, and each draws about 100, then you have 14,000. So, at minimum, I’d say 20,000 when all is said and done. I am certain Jefferson City will draw more on Tuesday than St Louis did today..” – Bro AJK

    Not a very good showing…

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  • Will Duquette

    We had 200-300 outside the Federal Building in Downtown Los Angeles, just a few blocks from the Cathedral of the Angels. There were lots of signs, virtually all of them to the point, and everyone seemed to know just why they were there.

  • Amanda Truelove

    Thank you for posting that photo! The novice on the left, Sr. Mary Joseph of the Annunciation, is a very good friend and old household sister from Franciscan U. It is so wonderful to see a photo of her, and then being able to see photos of her becoming a novice through the link you provided. What a blessing for today! And, of course, such a great photo for the fight for religious freedom!

  • Jann

    We had more than 2,200 at the St. Paul, MN Federal Bldg! Photos coming…

  • Carl

    We had 200 folks, mostly Catholic, in Concord, NH yesterday. There were reporters around but their stories must have been rejected. There has been a complete media blackout, including the normally conservative New Hampshire Union Leader.

  • Deborah

    We had over 300 in Temecula CA! The media downplayed our crowd size too, saying over 200. Now I know why Eric wanted us to do a head count. I had several people do a count and average was 350! I will post pics of our best signs when I get them

  • amanda

    Even my little tiny town of about 8,000 we had a good dozen (and mostly MEN!!) with flags and signs at the main intersection in town. Makes me smile all the way down to the bottom of my heart. Thank you everyone who stood up yesterday.

  • Lee Gilbert

    1. The reason the media didn’t cover the event is because they are in the enemy camp, the contraceptive culture. The mandate was issued from the belly of the beast, the contraceptive culture politically empowered, the Obama administration.

    2. Lamentably, however, the bulletin insert provided by the USCCB to the parishes of the United States to counter the HHS mandate on a religious liberty basis evinces little understanding of the very nature of the struggle in which we are engaged. If our consciences are threatened, then we are in a spiritual war, a war for our souls, not a political war. Our struggle, then, is not with flesh and blood- with the HHS, with Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama, with the “Culture of Death,” with the mainstream mass media- but with the principalities and powers of darkness (Eph 6:12). How is it, then, that within this bulletin insert there is not one word about prayer, about fasting, about storming Heaven?
    The insert quotes Thomas Jefferson, the Federal Register, Cardinals Dolan and Wuerl, Archbishop Broglio. There is not one word of Scripture. For deliverance from this draconian decree we should look to our senators and representatives and be sure to write them. In sum, the battle is not the Lord’s, but ours and it is to be waged politically. We have decided to fight the enemy on his own ground and on his own terms, with rallies and demonstrations, letters to the editor, etc.. With this kind of leadership, defeat is certain, and not only on this issue.

    3. In short, the clever slogans, the number of attendees at these demonstrations beside the point, as is the whole campaign. If we want to win the this war over the Lord’s enemies, over the contraceptive culture, then we must get a glimmer of how God wages war and fall in line with his strategy, align with his forces and embrace his tactics. What some of those might be I have outlined in a paper called “The USCCB and the Yahweh Wars” which is about the conquest of Canaan by the Israelites under Joshua and how its principles might be applied non-violently to this situation. The Canaanite culture was simply a smaller version of what we see arising all around us now.


  • Mary

    The rally in Philadelphia in front of Independence Hall drew large crowds. What a wonderful event to be part of and an historic one.

  • Don Gatwood

    The picture of the two nuns holding the banner brings to mind an editorial from the Our Sunday Visitor:

  • Mr. Patton

    I find it interesting that there are those that want to blame the media for not covering a story in which by all estimates represents less than .o3% of the total Catholics that live in the United states. If I used 20,000 Catholics that protested as suggested by one of our posters here and use the information about Catholics from the CIA which puts the total number of Catholics in the U.S. at roughly 75,009,544, this hardly is news worthy. It also plays into the 1% rhetoric in which many respected media outlets tend not to tread in. Get those protest numbers up to double digits and watch how many media outlets will take notice.

  • Mike R

    Why would MSM cover these rallies when they NEVER accurately cover or report on the March for Life rally in DC every year? This march always attracts hundreds of thousands year after year, but there is rarely a mention of it. My family attended the rally in NYC on the steps of Federal Hall where George Washington was sworn in as the the 1st POTUS. Several hundred participated and not just Catholics. I was very encouraged also to see young people from of all places NYU and Columbia standing up for religious freedom.

  • Mike R

    Sorry that this might be slightly off topic here, but just a few days ago I read that the NYS Health Dept will begin to implement a law passed last year by the very liberal state legislature and signed into law by a fairly liberal Governor to issue death certificates to parents of stillborn children. These will be issued for babies her at gestational age of 20 weeks and beyond. In light of all the discussion about abortion and birth control, I find it interesting that this development is not receiving more attention in the prolife community. I understand why the MSM would avoid it, but should this not be brought up more? I mean you can only issue a death certificate if you acknowledge life; if you acknowledge viability right? I would love to see this questioned posed to the POTUS, Sebilius and others: please reconcile your position in light of the fact that one of the most liberal states in the Union now issues death certificates for babies who die at 20 weeks of gestation in their mothers wombs? Maybe I missing it or maybe I think it’s more than it is, but I think this is a big deal and a huge victory for prolife. It’s a chink in the armor of the pro abortion movement

  • Mr. Patton

    Mike R., I think that you did miss something…:D

    I think if you go to this link, it will explain why this legislation was passed.

  • Mike R

    Thats the point…this legislation provides a death certificate which means there is viability recognized by the state of NY at 20 weeks of gestation. By allowing for abortion at 20 weeks or beyond in teh same state, you are sanctioning murder.