Atlantans will rally for religious freedom at the Georgia state capitol building tomorrow. The rally is one of more than 140 events around the country to protest the Obama Administration’s mandate on religious organizations. The mandate by the Department of Health and Human Services will force religious organizations to purchase contraceptive and abortifacient coverage regardless of their religious beliefs. The mandate is widely believed to be a violation of the First Amendment and Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
The rally is being coordinated by the Pro-Life Action League and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society according the national website, StandUpforReligiousFreedom.com. The Atlanta rally is being promoted by the Georgia Catholic Conference.
The rallies are nonpartisan and ecumenical. A flyer for the Atlanta rally notes that children are welcome and that the rally will be peaceful and instructs attendees not to engage counter-demonstrators either physically or “loud verbal argumentation, name-calling or derogatory remarks.” Attendees are also instructed not to bring literature or signage for either political party or any candidate.
The Stand Up for Religious Freedom movement is reminiscent of the Tea Party movement, which began just over three years ago to protest federal bailouts and stimulus spending. Denounced as “Astroturf,” racist and violent by Democrats, the Tea Party nevertheless spearheaded opposition to the Obama Administration that led to a Republican landslide in 2010.
The Atlanta Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally will be held outside the State Capitol building on Friday, March 23 from noon to 1:00 p.m.
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