Today from 12 noon to 2pm a Rally for Religious Freedom was held on the steps of the Federal Courthouse in White Plains. Father Peter and I along with 20 members of Saint Anthony of Padua Parish were in attendance to support the right of all Americans to Religious Freedom in the United States.
About 300 people assembled to hear some very interesting and insightful talks, patriotic music and, most importantly, to give visible witness to our opposition to the Obama Administration’s restrictions on Religious Freedom through the HHS Mandate. Make no mistake about it, the Obama “Mandate” is an attack on the Catholic Church and on ALL Religious Institutions, especially Christian Institutions.
Many of those in attendance certainly were Catholic. However, there were members of several other denominations including non-Christians in attendance as well.
Although this was, at least in my opinion, a very important “story” to be covered, you will likely not see anything on any of the local media outlets. The only media in attendance was Catholic New York, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of New York.
I am very proud of the members of our parish who participated. Even though it was hot, your voice was heard and your presence was appreciated! We have the benefit of history to remind us of what is needed at this point – all people of faith and good will must stand up and say ENOUGH! It is so important that, at this time in our Nation’s history, we stand up strongly and boldly and take back our freedom and liberty before we find ourselves asking – “what happened?” Too much is at stake - even freedom itself!
One of the speakers at the rally addresses the crowd.
A young lady leads participants in “God bless America”.
Father Peter and parishioner Ralph Stelluti listen intently during the rally.
A “group shot” of many of the participants of today’s Rally for Religious Freedom on the front steps of the Federal Courthouse in White Plains.