Rally at Noon for Religious Freedom! Bring Saints! – UPDATED

It’s a Friday in Lent — what’s better to do on a Friday in Lent than to stand up for religious freedom — peacefully and respectfully, but immovably — in front of your representative’s office!:

The Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom is being held Friday, March 23 at noon, local time, outside federal buildings, Congressional offices and historic sites across the country. The theme for the Rally is “Stand Up for Religious Freedom—Stop the HHS Mandate!”

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May I suggest you bring this great priest with you when you go? He knows more than a little about the subject of religious freedom. His cause being promoted at this time is no coincidence! Also bring along Saint Thomas More, who lost his head for it. And also bring with you John Cardinal O’ Connor and Saint Philip Neri, because they are really good company.

And don’t forget Our Lady of Guadalupe (Patroness of the Americas).

UPDATE: Mollie Hemingway with a good piece on how the mainstream media is trying to scare people away from religious freedom. It’s hard to excerpt and includes video so check it out!

Simcha Fisher writes her predictions on what to expect at the Rally:

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  • Ann

    I just returned from the rally in D.C. I thought I was being a hero for braving the Metro and bringing my 18 month old, but was quickly put to shame when I saw a mom pushing a double-stroller full of kids (single-handedly, I might add, since she was using the other to hang on to an older child) with another strapped to her in a baby carrier.

    I have to say I was a little disappointed in the turn out. There were a good number of people, but I was hoping there would be more. I question whether is was a good move to have rallies so close together — in my area, Germantown, Front Royal, and Baltimore — dispersing participants.

    Also, it would have been nice if there were more placards available and stickers to wear. I suppose that all costs money and I understand money can be hard to come by. I am grateful to the organizers for the work they did putting this together.

    I’m curious to hear about other rallies.

    [I think it was put together very quickly and possibly over-dispersed. Mostly, though, it's hard to get ppl together at noon on a Friday. Locally over here it was a couple hundred people, mostly senior citizens. Everyone else has to work or go to school -admin]

  • Maria

    They announced at the DC rally that their count put the amount of people at 1300. Not bad for a Fri afternoon.

  • Bridget’s mom

    Two of my children and I went to the rally in Cincinnati. Even with torrential rain we had what looked to be about 500!

  • Romulus

    In New Orleans we had an official count somewhat North of 800. I would have guessed half that. We rallied for just over an hour, outside the federal courts. Not a bad reception; we had quite a few friendly honks.

  • http://jscafenette.com/ Manny

    Unfortunately I couldn’t go. I had been away all week and there was too much family things to take care of. I hope it went well. I haven’t seen anything on it yet.