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.
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.
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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!
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.