Friday March 23 at noon, thousands of people gathered at over 140 locations across the country for the Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies in opposition to the HHS mandate. I took in the beautiful ocean view as we were about to start our rally in San Diego. Once the rally began, I delivered the invocation prayer and then shared how this threat on religious liberty will affect the future generations if we do not take action. A number of energetic and inspirational speakers, including our new coadjutor Bishop Flores, rallied over 2,000 attendees.
The Stand Up for Religious Liberty Rallies on March 23 was a day to gather the troops to educate and activate in the beginning of the fight to defend religious liberties and stop the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate of free birth control, sterilization, and abortifacients. However, this is not all we can do. A rally builds morale, inspires, organizes, strengthens, and more. This is just the beginning of taking action against the attack on religious liberties. If we adapt to this mandate it will be a slippery slope for it will affect how we practice religion in the future. Which is why we will not adapt to this injustice. We will oppose it!.
Here is a brief sound bite of Dr. Jim Garlow of Skyline Church Rancho San Diego speaking at the San Diego rally:
This is the beginning of a time when WE will stand together, for the church is the conscience of the government, and the people of the Church make up the Church. We are the living body of Christ. Remember the words of Saint Ignatius, "Act as if everything depended on you; trust as if everything depended on God.” We will do this together!