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The Detroit Rally for Religious Freedom!!

March 23, 2012

(Looking for info on the latest Religious Freedom Rally? Go to Stand Up for Religious Freedom)

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.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Chris permalink
    March 24, 2012 12:31 am

    Fantastic! I just wrote a little about the Rally in Chicago myself!

  2. Tom in Lazybrook permalink
    March 24, 2012 12:44 pm

    I was wondering if you guys are gonna stand up for religious liberty in Nigeria, where the Catholic Church supports legislation to throw ministers of other religions in prison for up to 10 years for the ‘crime’ of celebrating a private same sex marriage ceremony in accordance with their faith. Why does the Catholic Church support jailing religious leaders that support Gay marriage? By the way, there are Gay affirming churches in Nigeria. The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria supports legislation to make them illegal. What about the religious freedom of others? You can go to my previous post under “The Coming Persecution” on this site for all the details.

    Under Roman Catholic supported legislation pending in Nigeria, the right of those supportive of Gay Rights would be all subject to imprisonment for 10 years for holding a protest like the one you attended in Detroit yesterday. I’m glad you have the right to protest. I’m disappointed the Catholic Church is attempting to jail others for doing the same thing.

    By the way, who is responsible for correcting the Archbishop of Ibadan if he violates every tenet of Catechism 2358? Is it Arinze? If he won’t act (I doubt he would), who should we talk to about this scandal of the Catholic Church seeking to jail its’ opponents?


    • catholicwideweb permalink*
      March 24, 2012 1:52 pm

      Tom. this is a blog, just like any other, operated by a private person. For all of your questions you need to contact that powers that be in Nigeria, or if need be in Rome. And you can start your own grass-roots movement to get others involved. In the mean time, pray.

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