The CatholicTV® Network to Support the Nationwide Religious Freedom Rally to Oppose the HHS Mandate
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WATERTOWN, MA (March 22, 2012) The CatholicTV® Network to Support the Nationwide Religious Freedom Rally to Oppose the HHS Mandate
The Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom is being held Friday, March 23, 2012. The theme for the Rally is “Stand Up for Religious Freedom—Stop the HHS Mandate!”
Thousands of Americans of all faiths will be participating in these peaceful rallies, organized by the Pro-Life Action League and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society to oppose the new mandate from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that requires all employers provide free contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs through their health plans, even in violation of their consciences.
Religious leaders and other public figures will speak out against the HHS Mandate at each Rally site. Holding signs reading “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” and “Stop the HHS Mandate,” participants will offer hymns and prayers for our nation and pass out literature to the public about why the HHS Mandate is unconstitutional and un-American.
President of the CatholicTV Network, Father Robert Reed, spoke out against the HHS Mandate in support of religious freedom.
“I believe that not just Catholics, but all citizens’ need to oppose the HHS mandate, recognizing the dangerous precedent it would set. The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution, part of the Bill of Rights, prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion. As a result, the mandate would impose a law that contradicts the conscience of many faithful individuals.”
Father Reed’s official statement can be seen here: http://youtu.be/vuZUNZMEPwQ
Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D., the Director of Education and Ethicist at the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, also appeared on CatholicTV’s nationally broadcast LIVE talk show to speak about the HHS Mandate and the repercussions and impact it will have. Fr. Tad is a native of Massachusetts and earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Yale University. That commentary can be found on www.CatholicTV.com.
The Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom will be a peaceful, family-friendly, non-partisan, ecumenical event. Learn more at: www.standupforreligiousfreedom.com.
About the CatholicTV® Network:
Founded in 1955, CatholicTV Network is a national broadcast television network streaming a live feed 24 hours a day at CatholicTV.com. Heeding Pope Benedict XVI's call to greater utilize the power of television and new media, the CatholicTV Network features its cable TV station, Catholic web site, mobile apps and widget. Celebrate Mass online; pray The Rosary; enjoy programs on prayer, the saints, the Scriptures and the Catholic Church on America's Catholic Television Network.
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Shannon Muldoon- Public Relations Coordinator
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