The Detroit Rally for Religious Freedom!!
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I attended the Detroit Religious Freedom Rally today. What an invigorating day! The threat of rain was non-existent. The crowd was a thousand strong. The speakers were inspiring, and the clarity of their message was awesome.
My group arrived a little early and the crowd in the McNamara Building plaza was light, but it continued to grow and grow. It was standing room only by the time the rally started. Every age was represented. We had signs and rosaries and lots of prayers.
Here are some quotes from some of the speakers:
- The associate pastor from Lake Orion said, “It’s not up to our government to tell us how to follow Jesus Christ.”
- Pastor Levon Yuille from Ypsilanti generated a great crowd response when he repeated the Bible passage, “We ought to obey God rather than man!”
- Fr. James Kean said, “Freedom of religion is part of who the person is… it is our participation with the culture.”
- We heard from Al Kresta, radio host at Ave Maria Communications. “The government has commanded the Church to tolerate what the Church deems to be evil,” and “we have been asleep over the last generation,… but now we have woken up.”
- Fr. Joseph Marquis, pastor of Sacred Heart Byzantine Church in Livonia quoted Patrick Henry, “Give me liberty or give me death,” and he paraphrased Thomas Jefferson by saying, “If we remain silent tyranny has already taken a foothold.” Fr. Marquis also said, “Recognize the voice of your own conscience and you are able to recognize the voice of justice.”
- Richard Thompson, president of the Thomas More Law Center said, “The mandate interferes with our 1st Amendment rights… Washington doesn’t realize that Christians were born for combat…. Righteousness is our goal… If you want peace then just keep quiet.”
It was a wonderful rally and I pray that justice will be served and religious liberty will prevail.
You can see a lot of good pictures of the rally at The Michigan Catholic.