Religious Freedom Rally At Freeport's Debate Square

UPDATED 3 24 2012   Freeport, IL – (ProLifeCorner.com) – 3-23-2012 – by Freeport Stand Up For Religious Freedom – The Stand Up For Religious Freedom rally at Debate Square in Freeport began with the Ortega family leading the crowd , of over 260,  in America the Beautiful.

 
 Moderator Chris Clukey introduced Pastor Steven Barr of East Gate Christian Center who gave his opening remarks and prayer.  Following Pastor Barr was Father Timothy Barr of St. Joseph’s Church, Retired Judge Charles Hartman, Pastor Jon Singleton of Embury Methodist Church, retired educator and school administrator Ellen Slick,  and Monsignor William McDonnell of St. Thomas Church, all in Freeport.  Each presentation stressed the importance of religious freedom and the need for all Christians and people of faith to unite against this infringement on our First Amendment rights.
The Ortega family closed the rally with the singing of Battle Hymn of the Republic.
 
Below you will see a video that the Freeport Journal Standard presented on their website.  The JS did a wonderful job on this video and their photo coverage of the event.  However, in a later article they said there were 100 people attending.  This is not even close.  Three people did a count at the site and compared figures.  The average of the three figures was 260 in attendance.  Our staff will be putting together photographs and videos we shot at this historic event.
 
Please check out this link for these photos from the Freeport Journal Standard:  http://www.journalstandard.com/photos/x760597708/-Stand-Up-for-Religious-Freedom-rally
 
 
 

Over 700 People Stand-Up For Religious Freedom In Rockford

Rockford, Il- (ProLifeCorner.com) – 3-23-2012 – by Rockford Stand Up For Religious Freedom – Rockford’s Religious Freedom Rally began with a standing room only Mass in Holy Family Church led by Bishop Thomas Doran and was followed by hundreds of Christians standing united in public against the HHS mandate that would force Christians to violate their consciences.

Bishop Doran spoke eloquently of the need to defend religious freedom in America today.  Pastor John Sprecher, Patricia Bainbridge, Dr. Annevay Conlee, and Fr. David Peck inspired rally participants outside the Church.

Following the speakers, over 700 faithful and enthusiastic Christians lined Alpine and Highcrest to stand in public to defend religious freedom.  150 similar rallies were held nationwide and were very well attended. 

This rally was proof that if the attacks on Christian conscience by the federal government do not end, the people of Rockford will continue to defend freedom and religious liberty.  

What is the HHS Mandate?

Freeport IL.-   ProLifeCorner.com- The “HHS Mandate” is a new rule announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on January 20, 2012. It requires nearly all employers to provide health plans that in­clude free contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion inducing drugs.

 
The HHS Mandate was issued under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), under which the Department of Health and Human Services was authorized to require “pre­ventive care” services to be provided by employer health plans without co-pays.
Many employers—including religious employers like Catholic schools and charities—object to the HHS Mandate because it requires them to provide services they believe are morally objec­tionable.
Isn’t there a religious exemption to the HHS Mandate?
Yes and no. There is a “religious exemption” in the HHS Mandate, but it is so narrowly drawn that it excludes hundreds if not thousands of religious institutions.
Religious employers are exempt from the HHS Mandate only if their purpose is to inculcate religious doctrine and if they hire and serve exclusively people of their own faith.
The ministries of institutions like Catholic schools, hospitals and charities—educating the young, caring for the sick, feeding the hungry—are not considered sufficiently religious to qualify for the Mandate’s narrow “religious exemption.”
How does the HHS Mandate attack religious freedom?
The HHS Mandate attacks religious freedom in two ways:
First, the HHS Mandate forces employers to cooperate with activities they believe are immor­al, imposing heavy fines if such employers choose not to violate their religious convictions or consciences by providing such services.
Secondly, and more significantly, the HHS Mandate breaches the First Amendment’s establish­ment clause in drawing its narrow definition of what constitutes religious ministry.
It is not for the federal government to declare as insufficiently religious activities which have always been understood to fall within the sphere of religious ministry, like feeding the hungry, caring for the sick and educating children.
Why isn’t Obama’s accommodation good enough?
The so-called “accommodation” that President Obama offered on February 10, whereby insur­ance providers, rather than employers, would pay for the services to which religious employ­ers have moral objections, does not solve anything.
Since any funds the insurance companies would use to make such payments ultimately come
from the premiums paid by employers, Obama’s “accommodation” is nothing more than a kind of economic shell-game. Employers are still funding services they morally object to.
In addition, no relief is provided for self-insured religious institutions, which number in the hundreds if not thousands.
In the final analysis, the so-called “accommodation” still forces religious institutions to provide employees with health plans covering free “services” that violate their religious convictions—or face crippling fines should they refuse.
Moreover, the HHS finalized the Mandate as originally drafted, without any changes to the original payment scheme and narrow “religious exemption,” leaving the implementation of any “accommodation” until 2013—long after November elections.
Isn’t this really all about access to contraception?
President Obama, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the pro-abortion choice movement have manufactured this so-called “contraception access.” Contraceptives are already widely, cheaply available, and no one is proposing any kind of ban on contraception.
Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards boasts that the vast majority of American women are already using contraception. Who doesn’t have access to birth control?
Contraception is inexpensive already—for example, $5 to $15 a month for generic birth control pills, or free through federally funded clinics. So who can’t afford birth control?
Having “access” to something does not mean having it paid for by someone else—especially against their moral convictions.
But the HHS Mandate doesn’t stop with free contraceptives: it also requires employer health plans to provide drugs capable of inducing abortion during the early days of pregnancy.
Why aren’t the services covered by the HHS Mandate authentically preventive care?
Contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs are not truly “preventive care” be­cause they do not prevent an illness or disease. Pregnancy and childbirth are not a disease. Fertility is not an illness. Motherhood is not a medical condition.
Moreover, many contraceptives, like the birth control pill, are recognized carcinogens: cancer causing agents, further underlining the fiction that they constitute “preventive care.”
What what do you hope to accomplish with this Rally?
Today’s rally is just the beginning. This Rally for Religious Freedom in over 120 American cities shows that opposition to the HHS Mandate is widespread and growing.
We’re calling on Congress to enact legislation to overturn the HHS Mandate and restore our cherished freedom of religion.
We’re encouraging all who recognize this assault on religious liberty for what it is to vote in the primary and general elections this year for candidates who oppose the HHS Mandate and who will promise to rescind it.
We’re showing our support for the U.S. Catholic Bishops and other faith leaders standing up against the HHS Mandate. They can count on us to carry this fight together to victory.
 
 
 
Now Over 130 cities!
 
Please make it a point to be at one of our three local rally locations on Friday March 23; this will be a historic day you will not want to miss.
 
ROCKFORD:
 
Please join us in Rockford on Friday, March 23, 2012
 
11:00 AM Mass with Bishop Doran at Holy Family Church, 4401 Highcrest Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
 
Public Rally from noon – 1:00 PM in the Holy Family parking lot, followed by prayer and public witness at the corner of Highcrest and Alpine and along Alpine Rd.
 
All churches and organizations are encouraged to attend.  Signs will be available, but it is hoped that churches will bring signs of their own, identifying that their congregations are standing up for religious freedom.  For more information contact Kevin at everylifematters@comcast.net or 815-494-0333.       Map
 
FREEPORT:
 
In the Freeport area please join us on March 23, 2012, noon – 1:00 PM at the Lincoln-Douglas Debate site in Freeport.  For more information contact Frank at plc@prolifecorner.com or 815-232-2538.
 
STERLING IL
 
Rally for Religious Freedom
Grandon Civic Center across from Sterling Post Office
Friday, March 23, 11 AM to 1PM Outdoor Mass at 11AM Rally at Noon
For more information:  Sacred Heart Church 815-625-1134
 

SNAP’S DEFENDERS SHOW TRUE COLORS

March 21, 2012 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on those who continue to defend the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP): Last week we released a report on SNAP that showed beyond a reasonable doubt what an utter fraud the organization is

 
(click here to read it).    It was not an essay; it was not an op-ed; it was not conjecture; it was not our opinion. It was the voice of David Clohessy, the director of SNAP. When coupled with our report last summer on the proceedings of its national convention (it offered irrefutable proof of its hate-filled agenda) it cannot be maintained by any serious observer what SNAP is all about.
 
The credibility of those who continue to defend this wholly discredited organization is on the line. That would include the editorial board of the New York Times and the Newark Star-Ledger (the latter offered a particularly vicious statement), as well as pundits such as Andrew Sullivan. That the near-moribund National Organization for Women and the Feminist Majority should weigh in is not surprising: though SNAP has nothing to do with women’s rights, it has everything to do with attacking the Catholic Church, and that is music to the ear of radical feminists. But it is Frank Bruni, an op-ed columnist for the New York Times, who needs to be answered more than anyone; he loves SNAP.
 
Bruni notes that “some Catholic leaders have contended” that what drives wide media coverage of the issue of priestly sexual abuse is “an anti-Catholic and anti-religious bias.” Wrong, he says, it’s because of the “magnitude of the violation of trust.” No, sir, it isn’t. If it were, then the Times would be covering the incredible explosion of child sexual abuse by rabbis (in Brooklyn alone, 85 arrests have taken place in the last two years, yet the Times has never reported on any of this). Moreover, the media treat with a yawn the alarming rate of child sexual abuse in the public schools. So what else, if not anti-Catholicism, would be driving the disproportionate coverage? I’m still waiting for the evidence that I am wrong.

Contact our director of communications about Donohue’s remarks:
Jeff Field
Phone: 212-371-3191
E-mail: cl@catholicleague.org

This Friday, You Have A Chance To Be A Part Of History In Rockford And Freeport

 Rockford, Il – (ProLifeCorner.com) – 3-20-2012 – by Rockford Pro-Life Initiative – The Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom is being held in 130 cities this Friday, March 23, at noon outside federal buildings, Churches, and historic sites all across the country.  We need every Christian in Northern Illinois to stand-up for religious freedom before we lose it forever!

 



The theme for the Rally is "Stand Up for Religious Freedom — Stop the HHS Mandate!"

Thousands of Americans of all faiths and of all ages will be participating in these peaceful rallies — organized by the Pro-Life Action League along with Citizens for a Pro-Life Society — to oppose the new mandate from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that requires all employers to provide free contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs through their health plans, even in violation of their consciences.

We need every Christian in Northern Illinois to stand-up for religious freedom before we lose it forever!

 
Please join us in Rockford on Friday, March 23, 2012.
 
11:00 AM Mass with Bishop Doran at Holy Family Church, 4401 Highcrest Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
 
Public Rally from noon – 1:00 PM beginning in the Holy Family parking lot, followed by prayer vigil and public witness at the corner of Highcrest and Alpine and along Alpine Rd.
 
 FREEPORT IL
 
In the Freeport area please join on March 23, 2012, noon – 1:00 PM at the Lincoln-Douglas Debate site in Freeport.   For more information contact Frank at plc@prolifecorner.com or 815-232-2538.       Map
 
STERLING IL
 
STERLING Rally for Religious Freedom
Grandon Civic Center across from Sterling Post Office
Friday, March 23, 11 AM to 1PM Outdoor Mass at 11AM Rally at Noon
For more information:  Sacred Heart Church 815-625-1134
 
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Below is a reprint of a facts sheet put together by the Stand Up committee.  You can go to their website at the bottom of the document and download a pdf version for easy printing and for distribution to your friends and family.
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 STAND UP FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM* STOP OBAMA’S HHS MANDATE
What is the HHS Mandate and how does it violate religious freedom?
 
In January, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a mandate under the Affordable Care Act (also known as "Obamacare") that requires all employer health plans to provide free contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs, regardless of any moral or religious objections.
 
The ministries of institutions like Catholic schools, hospitals and charities—educating the young, caring for the sick, feeding the hungry-are not considered sufficiently religious to qualify for the Mandate’s narrow "religious exemption."
 
Not only will such institutions be forced to provide services that directly contradict the teachings of their faith, but—more alarmingly— the federal government is claiming the right to decide for religious institutions what constitutes their ministry.
 
Isn’t this really all about providing access to contraception?
 
No: contraceptives are already widely available. "Access" to something does not mean having it paid for by someone else—especially against their moral convictions.
 
But the HHS Mandate doesn’t stop with free contraceptives: it also requires employer health plans to provide free sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs.
 
More importantly, as described above, the American ideal of religious liberty is at stake. This isn’t really about contraception—it’s about the First Amendment.
 
Didn’t President Obama work out these religious objections?
In February, President Obama offered an "accommodation" whereby insurance providers, rather than employers, would pay for the services to which religious employers have moral objections. But this does not solve the problem.
 
At the end of the day, the HHS Mandate still forces all employers to provide health plans with free contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs.
 
Moreover, the assault on our cherished freedom of religion—with the federal government now defining for all of us what constitutes authentic religious ministry—continues.
 
What can I do to help stop the HHS Mandate?
 
Join our effort to stop the HHS Mandate! Here’s what you can do:
 
* Get this Fact Sheet from the website listed below and print out copies for all your friends, family members and co-workers.
 
Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask your Congressman and both U.S. Senators to support legislation overturning the HHS Mandate.
 
Vote for candidates who respect freedom of religion and freedom of conscience in the primary and general elections this year.
 
Visit the website listed below to sign onto the effort and learn more ways we can work together to stop the HHS Mandate.
 
 
Copyright © 2012 Pro-Life Action League • 773-777-2900 • www.ProLifeAction.org  & Citizens for a Pro-Life Society • www.ProLifeSociety.com
 
 

After 15 Hearings For A Jaywalking Ticket, Still NO Charges Have Even Been Filed!

Rockford, Il – (ProLifeCorner.com) – 3-20-2012 – by Rockford Pro-Life Initiative – On Monday, March 19, 2012, the 15th hearing for a pro-lifer accused of jaywalking in Rockford did not start very well.  When Kevin Rilott, the accused jay walker, and his attorney Jason Craddoc were called to the bench, the hearing could not proceed because the Winnebago County State’s Attorney just happened to forget to bring the paperwork for the hearing.  The State’s Attorney did remember to bring all the paperwork for the other cases that afternoon but somehow forgot to bring the jaywalking file.

 

So Mr. Rilott and his attorney waited while all the other cases were handled,  then waited in an empty courtroom for the State’s Attorney to find the missing jaywalking file. 

After a long delay the hearing began with the judge considering a motion filed by the defense to dismiss the case.  Unfortunately, the judge could not consider dismissing the case because after almost a year and a half and 15 court appearances, no charges had even been filed against the defendant!

The judge asked if the State’s Attorney was planning on filing charges any time soon, and the answer was "Yes" – so the whole process can begin all over again.

This has been a peculiar case to say the least.  A pro-life citizen was ordered by a Rockford police officer to "get out of my sight" because he asked the officer why he was wearing a skull on his cap at an abortion mill.  When the pro-lifer followed the officer’s instructions and walked a few feet onto 10th Street to avoid him, the officer issued a jay-walking ticket to the pro-lifer for walking on a quiet residential street at the officer’s orders.

The same day Mr. Rilott was given a jaywalking ticket , the abortion mill security guard walked across 10th street in front of Rockford police officers in the same place Mr. Rilott was given a ticket – the difference was that the clinic security guard was carrying a sign calling a Rockford woman a "whore" and listing her phone number and address.

As this jaywalking case rolls on, it seems the Winnebago County State’s Attorney is either grossly incompetent or has an ax to grind with pro-life citizens.

 

Freeport Rally In Defense Of Religious Freedom

Freeport, Il – (ProLifeCorner.com) –  By now you know of the rally to be held in Freeport at Debate Square, 114 E. Douglas Street in Freeport, Il.
Kevin Rilott, organizer for the Rockford Stand Up For Freedom Rally will be appearing on WNTA radio in Rockford on Tuesday, March 20th   from 4PM to 5 PM  to discuss the rallies in Rockford and Freeport.  If you have any questions, call into WNTA with your thoughts.

 
 
Below you will see a map of the Freeport site, Debate Square.  Also listed are city lots for parking.  The building just west of Debate Square is the Freeport Public Library.  There are restrooms at the library.  Also, to the East of the debate site is an ice cream parlor/sandwich shop.
Any questions about this historic rally can be directed to Pro Life Corner or call 815-232-2538.  Plan to be early to be sure to get a parking spot!

Rockford Christians Unity Needed To Defeat The Culture Of Death Again

Rockford, IL – (ProLifeCorner.com) – 3-19-2012 – by Rockford Pro-Life Initiative – Rockford’s abortion mill had everything in the world going for it.  All the money they would ever need, the law allowed them to kill children at will, and a local paper that covered-up their crimes.  But the Rockford abortion mill ran into a group of Christians – both Protestant and Catholic who united in love for Jesus Christ and their neighbors in need. This resulted in the Northern Illinois Women’s Center being closed forever.

 
 
A UNITED FRONT AGAINST THE CULTURE OF DEATH IS NEEDED AGAIN IN ROCKFORD
 
To hear the media tell it, one might think that the fight against the HHS Mandate was an issue of the Catholic Church being belligerent about an issue that only affects the Catholic Church. One might even think that the whole Catholic Church was not being affected, but only a small minority who actually follow the Church’s teaching on life issues.
 
But nothing could be further from the truth, and people of all faiths are realizing that the HHS Mandate is nothing short of the first salvo in an all-out war on religious liberty.
 
The flood of lawsuits that have been filed in the wake of the announcement of the mandate—not just from the Catholic Church and Catholic institutions, but from Protestantcolleges, severalProtestantdenominations as well as the Orthodox Churches and non-profit organizations, states and even individuals make it clear that the impact of this mandate reaches far beyond the Catholic Church.
 
CNS News reports that Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist and Jewish leaders have all sworn to disobey this unlawful mandate. Such vehement agreement across such panoply of religions is quite rare and signals that something is seriously wrong with this mandate.
 
What do all these disparate groups see in this mandate that they find so offensive? They see the government attempting to demolish the wall between Church and State. They see the Obama administration trying to define what is and isn’t a religious institution and who is or isn’t a religious minister, just as they tried to do in the Hosanna-Tabor Lutheran Church case.
 
People whose religious convictions say nothing about contraception realize that if the Obama administration can dictate what religion is to the Catholic Church, their religion will not be far behind.
 
Which is why we need to stand up together as people of faith, even as people of no faith who respect the freedom of religion protected by the constitution, and fight this unjust mandate?
 
If we stand united against Obama’s mandate it will collapse just as the Rockford abortion mill was destroyed under the weight of its own evil. 
 
ROCKFORD:
 
Please join us in Rockford on Friday, March 23, 2012
 
11:00 AM Mass with Bishop Doran at Holy Family Church, 4401 Highcrest Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
 
Public Rally from Noon – 1:00 PM at the corner of Highcrest and Alpine and along Alpine Rd.
 
All churches and organizations are encouraged to attend.  Signs will be available, but it is hoped that churches will bring signs of their own, identifying that their congregations are standing up for religious freedom.  For more information contact Kevin at everylifematters@comcast.net or 815-494-0333.
 
FREEPORT:
 
In the Freeport area please join on March 23, 2012, noon – 1:00 PM at the Lincoln Douglas debate site in Freeport.  For more information contact Frank at plc@prolifecorner.com or 815-232-2538.
 
STERLING IL.
 
Rally for Religious Freedom
Grandon Civic Center across from Sterling Post Office
Friday, March 23, 11 AM to 1PM Outdoor Mass at 11am Rally at Noon
For more information:  Sacred Heart Church 815-625-1134
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The Real Issues Are Freedom Of Religion And Jobs

(ProLifeCorner.com) – 3-18-2012 – Larry Plachno is a friend of the Pro Life Corner and a respected businessman in our area.  His contribution to print media and the Pro Life Corner are always insightful and a welcome addition to our website.
 

 

We are aware of the Obama administration and the medias attack on all religions through the so-called HHS mandate.  Many religious leaders have correctly turned the argument back to what it really is, that is an attack on religious freedoms.  As time passes we will come to realize HHS will be opening a Pandora’s Box of evil, as Larry’s article reveals so clearly. Our nation is on the brink of losing not only our freedom of religion, but possibly losing our very sovereignty.
 
 
The Real Issues are Freedom of Religion and Jobs
 
by Larry Plachno
 
Anyone watching the news knows that a major controversy has developed over the recent mandate by Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Much of what has come out in the media tends to be misleading because it concentrates on the wrong areas while ignoring the real issues which are Freedom of Religion, jobs and the economy.
 
The new HHS mandate does not deny anyone access to contraception or abortion. If the mandate is set aside, the same access to contraception and abortion will continue as it is today. The only difference the new mandate makes is that employers would be expected to pay for them. Hence, the only thing being denied under the new mandate is the employer’s Freedom of Religion.
 
What is hidden behind the new mandate is a major change in our society and total government control. The mandate takes the position that government should replace religion in determining good and evil. People will no longer be permitted to have morals and religion will no longer be permitted to determine right and wrong. Instead of “Our Father, who art in heaven . . .” our new prayer will be “Our Father, who art in Washington . . . ” If the mandate stands, religion and the people can no longer determine good and evil, that becomes the government’s job.
           
The second question is whether our economy could survive this government takeover of morals if the mandate stands? It is obvious that the Sebelius mandate opens the door to loss of jobs and increased economic problems because of moral reasons.
 
Almost totally ignored by our elected officials is the fact that improvements in transportation and communication have put us into a world economy for many years. You can sit at your computer today, go to the Apple Web site, and order an IPod from China and even have your name engraved on it. It will show up in your mailbox in three or four days. Not that many years ago this would have been considered a miracle.
 
Most people do not realize how easy it is to move certain types of jobs these days. With VOIP phones, a computer and a good Internet connection, anyplace in the world becomes a modern office. One of my competitors does not even have a real office. Their operation is set up so that all of their staff work out of their homes and all are in different locations.
 
In the past, most of the reasons for outsourcing jobs have been economic. Employers had to outsource in order to compete with other companies in the global marketplace. Contrary to much public opinion, the real reasons for outsourcing jobs are not so much wages and salary as they are taxes and regulations. Liechtenstein, a small country in Europe, has wages very similar to the United States. But it has twice as many corporations as residents because the maximum corporate tax rate is 18 percent and it encourages companies and jobs.
 
With the new Sebelius HHS mandate, employers will now have a moral reason as well as an economic reason for locating jobs elsewhere and moving them out of the United States. One has to seriously question whether this is a good move in this time of economic problems and unemployment. Will all those in favor of the HHS mandate and losing more jobs please raise their right hands.
 
           
 

 

This Lent Christians In Rockford And Freeport Are Needed To Stand-Up For Christ And Defend Religious Freedom

Rockford, Il – (ProLifeCorner.com) – 3-18-2012 – by Rockford Pro-Life Initiative – Those in power 2000 years ago thought that by depriving Jesus of His freedom to proclaim the Gospel, they would silence him forever.  We are facing a government mandate against our Christian institutions that those in political power hope today will result in silencing our Church’s voice and authority to proclaim the Gospel of Life in our world today. 

 
 
The Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom on March 23 has a special meaning because it is taking place during Lent and in many ways is a reliving of the continued attacks of the ungodly against the body of Christ.  Below are listed the four traditional practices that Christians use during Lent to repent and deepen their relationship and love for God.  Standing up for religious freedom on March 23 is a beautiful and meaningful way to continue our journey this Lent on the way to the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ this Easter.
 
Prayer – Sacrificial prayer has always been the foundation of Lent.  Uniting our prayers in public on March 23 with thousands of Christians across the country for religious freedom and human life has never been more needed in the history of our country than it is now.  Prayer is the most powerful force in the world, and it will take faithful and sacrificial prayer to overcome the attacks on life and religious liberty in our country. 
 
Penance – Penance is performing a good action as an act of repentance to overcome sin.  Standing united in public on March 23 for religious liberty and in defense of Jesus and Christianity is a necessary first step in the repentance of our nation for a culture of death that has ravaged so many lives with abortion, contraception, sterilization, homosexuality, divorce, drugs, broken lives, and shattered families.  Because we have abused our freedom, we stand a very real chance of losing our religious freedoms.  Christians united in this act of public penance is a first step in restoring God’s protection and blessings on our nation and families.
 
Fasting – America has become a country that has so lost self-control and the meaning of true human love, we have reached a point where the President of the United States thinks Americans want the government to force even religious institutions to provide free of charge the drugs and procedures that destroy the God-given gift of human life so we can practice sexual immorality at will.  A new spirit of self-control, authentic love, and true Christian principles is needed regarding all matters of love between women and men.  March 23 is a Friday, a traditional day of fasting during Lent and the perfect opportunity for each of us to fast during the lunch hour and stand in humility in public for religious freedom.
 
Charity – There is no greater act of charity than to offer yourself to God in love and service to your neighbor.  Taking a few hours off work, from school, or giving up your free time on March 23 to pray and stand united with other Christians in public is an essential act of love and charity which calls our churches, nation, and individuals to true human freedom and love.  The Obama HHS mandate would destroy religious freedom and human lives on an unprecedented scale.  This must be countered by an active, public act of charity and love.  Standing with your Christian sisters and brothers publicly in faith and love for Jesus Christ and religious liberty is an act of justice, charity, and love that is needed now more than at any other time in our nation’s history.
 
Please join us in Rockford on Friday, March 23, 2012.
 
11:00 AM Mass with Bishop Doran at Holy Family Church, 4401 Highcrest Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
 
Public Rally from noon – 1:00 PM beginning in the Holy Family parking lot, followed by prayer vigil and public witness at the corner of Highcrest and Alpine and along Alpine Rd.
 
 FREEPORT IL
 
In the Freeport area please join on March 23, 2012, noon – 1:00 PM at the Lincoln-Douglas Debate site in Freeport. 
For more information contact Frank at plc@prolifecorner.com or 815-232-2538.
 
STERLING IL
 
STERLING Rally for Religious Freedom
Grandon Civic Center across from Sterling Post Office
Friday, March 23, 11 AM to 1PM Outdoor Mass at 11AM Rally at Noon
For more information:  Sacred Heart Church 815-625-1134