Are you ready to stand up for your religious freedoms?
On Saturday, Sept. 29th, the ActsFive29 group launched a 72 hour prayer rally in Washington, D.C. Like-minded, pro-life defenders participated who understood their could indeed be arrests, but asserted it’s worth it, because, “The future of religious freedom in America is at risk.” The group says that President Obama is “dictating to Christians how they should live their faith” and they are taking a stand, while risking arrest for doing so.
On the first day, 22 members of the pro-life movement were arrested by Capitol Police as they knelt on the sidewalk across the street from the White House. The only basis for their arrest was that the sidewalk in front of the White House is a “restricted zone” for free speech. Several hundred pro-lifers attended the prayer rally with dozens being arrested.
The group claims Acts 5:29 – “But Peter and the Apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than men’” – as their basis for protesting the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services mandate requiring employer-provided health insurance cover birth control measures.
Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life said, “We have stood up for life and religious freedom in hundreds of cities. Today we do so at the president’s house. I am delighted to be here.”
Brandi Swindell, National Director of Generation Life, a pro-life group dedicated to mobilizing activists, students, artists, musicians and young professionals to end abortion and spread the message of sexual integrity.
Just four years ago Brandi was arrested and deported from communist China for standing up for religious freedom there. She stood in Tiananmen Square holding a banner that said, ‘Jesus Christ is King’ and was arrested. She never imagined that just four years later she would stand in front of the White House risking the very same thing.
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, says of the Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally, “For the faith community, we can never be silent or indifferent when it comes to matters of justice, human rights and religious freedom.”
“We want to make it clear to President Obama and all public officials,” he concluded, “that we would rather spend time in jail than to be forced into complying with a mandate that crushes religious freedom.”
On October 20th, over 130 Cities will Rally for Religious Freedom. Pastors are encouraged to give mention to this observance from their pulpits. Get details on how to participate at the Prolife Action website. (Scroll down to the third article)