October 2nd, 2012 11:26 EST
22 Arrested for Standing for Religious Freedom Ahead of Rally in Front of White House
A Religious Freedom Rally and Rosary Service were being held in response to President Obama`s HHS Mandate which forces people of faith and conscience to violate their core beliefs and values.
The Rosary Service expected to draw over 1,000 people, and was to be held in Lafayette Park at noon on Sunday, September 30, led by Father Frank Pavone, the National Director of Priests for Life.
The Rosary service highlights the importance of the Catholic voting bloc in the Presidential election.
The "Stand Up for Religious Freedom" Rally is part of a national event which is being held in over 105 cities across the nation to speak out against the HHS Mandate. (Go to Standupforeligiousfreedom.com)
There will also be arrests in front of the White House at 4:00 P.M. as people of faith and conscience tell President Obama they cannot comply with an immoral and unjust mandate.
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, states:
"For the faith community, we can never be silent or indifferent when it comes to matters of justice, human rights and religious freedom. As people of principle and faith, we must purpose in our hearts that we will never comply with an unjust or immoral government mandate which would require us to violate our conscience, the teachings of the Scriptures and the historic teachings of the Church.
"We want to make it clear to President Obama and all public officials that we would rather spend time in jail that to be forced into complying with a mandate that crushes religious freedom."
The speakers at the "Stand Up for Religious Freedom" rally include:
Father Frank Pavone: National Director of Priests for Life
Brandi Swindell: Founder and President of Stanton Healthcare
Lila Rose: President of Live Action
Rev. Rob Schenck: President of the National Clergy Council
Rev. Bryan Fischer: Director of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association
Kristina Garza: Campus Outreach Director for Survivors
Father Marcel Guarnizo
Bryan Kemper: National Youth Director for Priests for Life
Note: There was peaceful civil disobedience in front of the White House on Saturday, September 29, resulting in 22 arrests.