Adherents of different faiths are invited to attend a rally for “Fortnight for Freedom.”
Adherents of different faiths are encouraged to attend the ecumenical rally, which starts at 1 p.m. Saturday in downtown Oklahoma City at the Cox Convention Center. Doors and concessions will open at noon. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted at the door. The suggested amount is $10. Patriotic music by Mountain Smoke and videos on religious freedom will also be part of the event.
Speakers will address religious liberty, why it is so important to the country, how it is under threat today and what Americans can do about it, according to information posted on a website for the event www.rallyforreligiousfreedomokc.com.
On Jan. 20, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reaffirmed a rule forcing virtually all private health care plans to cover sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs and contraception.
On Feb. 10, the Obama administration made this rule final with a one-year delay for religious nonprofits still not exempted. The administration also pledged to develop more regulations to accommodate them by the end of that additional year. The promised accommodation still forces them to pay for “services” that violate their religious convictions.
On May 21, 43 dioceses, hospitals, schools and church agencies filed 12 lawsuits around the nation, saying the federal mandate violates religious freedom. Christian leaders say the action is about an incursion into religious freedom, not solely the contraception issue.
Catholics in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City organized the local rally. They invite Christians, Jews and people of other faiths to attend.
Dioceses nationwide will highlight religious liberty during the “Fortnight for Freedom” from June 22-July 4. The celebration opens with a June 21 Mass at 7 p.m. at Baltimore’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, celebrated by Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore.
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