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Rally opposes government intervention in religious matters
Johnson City (TN) Press ^ | Jume 21, 2012 | Jennifer Sprouse

Posted on 06/22/2012 5:55:00 AM PDT by don-o

Metro-Kiwanis Park hosted a variety of faith-based citizens Thursday night for the Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally.

The outdoor event held at the gazebo to the right of the play area began packing in the people around 6:15 p.m., toting lawn chairs and signs in support of the movement.

Several local churches have openly opposed the Department of Health and Human Services mandate stating that all insurance must cover birth control and abortion-causing drugs and chose to attend the rally as one unifying body.

Sheila Bedford, rally committee member, said the rally was not just about getting together in support of the movement, but also to educate people on their rights set forth in the Constitution.

“What we hope to accomplish, more than anything, is to increase awareness in education, that we cannot take our liberties for granted,” Bedford said. “This is a national movement to get people aware and kind of out of our level of complacency.”

(Excerpt) Read more at johnsoncitypress.com ...


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: religiousfreedom
Will post pictures later
1 posted on 06/22/2012 5:55:10 AM PDT by don-o
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To: don-o

Hope many other communities copy their rally and this rolls across the country like the wave does at football games. So proud of my dad’s hometown area (Johnson City-Bristol-Kingsport, TN) for getting Protestants and Catholics to link arms against the Obama/Dems health care mandate.

Thanks for sharing the article!


2 posted on 06/22/2012 6:50:44 AM PDT by sassy steel magnolia (USAF life and Navy wife...God Bless the USA!)
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To: don-o

Thanks for the post. A Religious Freedom Rally was held in Rochester,NY two weeks ago. It was interdenominational as well.

May God forgive us for our apathy and hardness of heart.


3 posted on 06/22/2012 7:07:56 AM PDT by victim soul
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To: Mrs. Don-o

ping


4 posted on 06/22/2012 8:18:33 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: sassy steel magnolia
It is most gratifying to see cooperation.

Fortnight for Freedom

5 posted on 06/22/2012 9:23:46 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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6 posted on 06/22/2012 9:26:48 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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7 posted on 06/22/2012 9:32:33 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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Congressman Phil Roe - R - TN-1

8 posted on 06/22/2012 9:37:08 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: don-o

Wow great event and report, don-o

Thanks!


9 posted on 06/22/2012 9:42:13 AM PDT by Syncro (Sarah Palin, the unofficial Tea Party candidate for president--Virtual Jerusalem)
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To: don-o
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Julianne Wiley - Rally organizer - holding the list of things that Caesar says belong to him. (What that leaves on God's list was a post-it note.)

11 posted on 06/22/2012 9:48:42 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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Left - Former MLB umpire and current TV State Rep - Dale Ford

Right - Lightnin' Charlie

12 posted on 06/22/2012 10:03:18 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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Rebecca Ketchie - Graduate Notre Dame Law - Alliance Defense Fund

13 posted on 06/22/2012 11:26:34 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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TN State Rep - Matthew Hill

14 posted on 06/22/2012 11:28:36 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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Peggy English and Lisa Morris

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15 posted on 06/22/2012 11:33:55 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: don-o

Thank you going out to all my “home folks”. Great people who have to be pushed pretty hard before they stand up, but once they stand up you don’t want to come up against them.


16 posted on 06/22/2012 3:04:05 PM PDT by WVNan ("Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy." - Winston)
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To: Syncro
Videos of rally speakers
17 posted on 06/23/2012 4:07:40 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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Father Peter Iorio - Invocation and Litany for Religious Freedom

18 posted on 06/23/2012 4:13:00 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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Left - Reverend Vincent Dial - Pastor - Bethel Christian Church - Benediction

Right - Tom Taylor - Master of Ceremonies

19 posted on 06/23/2012 4:15:52 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: don-o

Since a right is simply a right, then the churches should simply live their rights. DO NOT buy any insurance including abhorrent coverages. Do not buy for any part of the church.

IOW, simply practice one’s rights.

A right is not government granted. It’s why we keep guns no matter what some despot might say. It’s why we practice our religion the way we wish to practice it.


20 posted on 06/23/2012 4:35:07 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins; Mrs. Don-o; Jim Robinson
DO NOT buy any insurance including abhorrent coverages. Do not buy for any part of the church.

Sounds like surrender. No thanks.

Not interested in dancing to their tune. The fact of the matter is that the attack is against not only churches and church institutions, it is a direct assault on individuals.

21 posted on 06/23/2012 5:01:12 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: don-o; Jim Robinson

How in the world is non-compliane and refusal to do what they want surrender to the government? That’s like saying refusal to give up your guns is anti-second amendment. .


22 posted on 06/23/2012 5:11:06 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins

The HSS mandate makes it impossible for me to purchase a product which I wish to purchase.

Keeping a firearm “illegally” is not the same as being coerced to make a choice between prudent decisions for my financial welfare and the violating my belief.

The insurance well has been poisoned.


23 posted on 06/23/2012 5:17:52 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: don-o

Refusing to be coerced is not surrender. And co-op self insurance is a way to avoid government mandates.


24 posted on 06/23/2012 7:14:29 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins; don-o; Jim Robinson
I think, xzins, that I agree with you, or disagree, depending on what it is you're proposing. But the details aren't clear to me.

So, now what?

I am honestly looking for a plan.

25 posted on 06/23/2012 7:53:49 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (What does the Lord require of you but to act justly, to love tenderly, to walk humbly with your God.)
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To: xzins; don-o; Jim Robinson
To make it plain: the next step is prison.

This spells out our options pretty explicitly: WOULD YOU GO TO JAIL WITH YOUR BISHOP? (link)

My answer is: yes, I would. I will not cooperate with damnable mandates from this dictatorial government.

26 posted on 06/23/2012 8:02:05 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (What does the Lord require of you but to act justly, to love tenderly, to walk humbly with your God.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Since we are talking right of free exercise we engage in civil disobedience and refuse to offee insurance that includes morally abhorrent coverages.


27 posted on 06/23/2012 8:08:15 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Nope, first we engage in something like Christian Healthcare Ministries a healthcare co-op and ensure rules abide by our beliefs. Make the govt sue us to take it before the courts and claim religious rights

Link to chm is below if I did this correctly on my blackberry

http://www.chministries.org/&sa=U&ei=zdzlT9PSIMGo2wXSuYDaCQ&ved=0CBQQFjAB&usg=AFQjCNHSt3YnvuajMRQM1PK-l-OlLE5n6A


28 posted on 06/23/2012 8:19:20 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins; don-o
YES on SELF-INSURING AND THEN suing the government if they try to impinge upon our First Amendment Religious expression rights: that's what we just did, xzins. That's what the 43 lawsuits just filed in 12 different U.S. Federal District Courts on May 21 was all about.

http://tinyurl.com/catholic-orgs-file-lawsuits It's the largest legal challenge to the U.S. government in American history.

It appears you missed that. But I don't blame you: the media blkacked it out (Link)

That's why Free Republic is so important.

And BTW, YES on civil disobedience: if our absolutely unprecedented barrage of lawsuits fails, the next step for us is prison.

29 posted on 06/23/2012 10:16:27 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (What does the Lord require of you but to act justly, to love tenderly, to walk humbly with your God.)
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To: xzins

Link does not work. I would be interested if there is something there that no one else has figured out.


30 posted on 06/23/2012 10:30:26 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o; P-Marlowe

Hi Mrs D

Try www.chministries.org. And see if that works. If not just google christian health ministries and see what u get.
What you are talking about is what the churches have done about their group plan prior to any aggrieved party actually being forced to participate

What I’m speaking of is individuals with their indiv plans suing as injured parties after the implementation of forced buying. The co-ops could also sue if denied the opportunity to organize as they see fit.

This is different in nature than what is already taking place, imho.


31 posted on 06/23/2012 12:54:41 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: don-o

All faiths need to join together against this attack.


32 posted on 06/23/2012 12:58:18 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: don-o
Rally opposes government intervention in religious matters
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33 posted on 06/27/2012 12:01:06 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: don-o

What a beautiful sight. :^)


34 posted on 07/01/2012 4:32:14 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: Salvation

bttt, nice collection, any new threads for this year? Any FReepers doing anything in their parishes??


35 posted on 06/18/2013 8:10:17 PM PDT by Coleus
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