Master of Ceremonies, Jack Cashill speaks to a crowd of about 150.
Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies were held 12:00 pm all over the nation, today, to protest the unjust HHS mandate and other attacks on religious freedom coming from the federal government. Two other Stand Up Rallies were held earlier this year, on March 23 and June 8.
Speakers at the rally, one of many held around the country, urged those in attendance to vote against Obama to get rid of ObamaCare.
Speaking at the Kansas City rally, today, were the Honorable Jeff Colyer, MD, LT Governor of Kansas, Jacob Turk, candidate for US Congress, 5th District – KCMO, Michael Schuttloffel, Director of the Kansas Catholic Conference, Rev. Mike Bronson – West Haven Baptist Church, Tonganoxie, KS, Bill Francis, Director of the Respect Life Office, Catholic Diocese of KCMO, Connie O’Brien – KS State Rep District 42, Rev. Stephen Hansen – Pastor, Coronation of Our Lady Catholic Church, Grandview, Mo, Steve Fitzgerald – candidate for KS State Senate, District 5, Laura Reilly, M.D., Mary Pilcher Cook – KS State Senate, District 10, Mary Kay Culp – Kansans for Life, and Rev. Shawn Tunink – Associate Pastor, Cure of Ars Catholic Church, Leawood, KS.
Left to right: Rev. Shawn Tunink, Jack Cashill, Mary Pilcher Cook, Steve Fitzgerald, Bill Francis, Laura Reilly M.D., Rev. Mike Bronson, Connie O’Brien, Mary Kay Culp, Francis Slobodnik
Lt Governor of Kansas, Jeff Colyer, reminded the crowd of why so many our ancestors came to the United States – to escape religious persecution in their own lands.
Ron Kelsey, the Pro-Life Consultant for the Archdiocese read a statement from Archbishop Joseph Naumann condemning the HHS mandate:
Candidate for US Congress, 5th District – Mo, Jacob Turk, implored pro-lifers to never give up fighting, no matter what happens in this election:
Director of the Kansas Catholic Conference, Michael Schuttloffel, spoke on the robust, expansive nature of religious freedom in this country that has been the envy of the world – ’til now:
Rev. Mike Bronson – West Haven Baptist Church assured Catholics that other Christians shared their dismay. Quoting the Southern Seminary President, he said incredulously, “we have reached the point where Christians may be called to actively defy the government of the United States. I can barely believe those words came out of my mouth.”
Bill Francis is the Director of the Respect Life Office for the Catholic diocese of Kansas City, MO: “We people of faith cannot be silent!”:
Kansas State Rep – Dist 42, Connie O’Brien ran through a litany of assaults on our religious liberties, saying that “we have drifted a long way from what out founders envisioned.”
Reverend Stephen Hansen, Pastor of Coronation of Our Lady Church in Grandview, MO prayed, “God help us, and God help our country…..Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.”
Steve Fitzpatrick, candidate for Kansas State Senate, Dist 5 gave a barn-burner of a speech, explaining how the country got to this point: “We got here today because a majority of Catholics voted for those who are vehemently against our values, we got here today because Christians of every denomination were not registered to vote, or did not vote, or did not inform their consciences before they voted, we got here today because the church – the body of Christ on earth, did not instruct sufficiently, did not exhort sufficiently, did not inform sufficiently, did not stand up as the body of Christ is charged to do”….(yes, that’s me yelling wooo! loudly on the tape – that’s a real sore spot for me. Where are our leaders? Yukking it up with enemies of the church at the Al Smith Dinner — don’t get me started.)
Laura Reilly, MD an adult neurologist, wife, mother and US Navy Veteran warned the crowd that what she had to say might shock some people: “I think that we live at a time of great joy…. we are the salt of the earth – we are the light of the world, Matthew 5:13. ”
Mary Kay Culp of Kansas for Life had some closing words:
Finally, The Faith Band performed a lovely rendition of America The Beautiful:
Meanwhile, Sandra Fluke, the Patron Saint of free Birth Control Pills “took center stage” at a pro-Obama rally in Reno, Saturday:
10 people showed up to see her.
Sandra Fluke, the woman at the center of a media firestorm earlier this year after Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut,” spoke Saturday in front of about 10 people at the Sak ‘N Save in north Reno.The speech was part of a daylong effort by Democrats to get Northern Nevadans to the polls on the first day of early voting.
“About” 10 people. It may have been even less.
She did better in Carson City: About 12 people.