On March 23, 2012, just three days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears cases contesting the constitutionality President Obama’s healthcare law, Reverend Rob Schenck and Father Paul Schenck will join other religious and pro-life leaders in educating the public about the Obama administration’s mandates violating religious freedom.
The Rally for Religious Freedom will take place at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, acknowledging every American’s “unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Philadelphia is also home of the Liberty Bell and the city where 38 of 41 founding fathers signed the U.S. Constitution.
Rev. Rob Schenck is co-founder and president of P & R Schenck Associates in Evangelism, Inc., the parent corporation to Faith and Action in the Nation’s Capital, the National Clergy Council, and the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill.
His twin brother, Father Paul Chaim Benedicta Schenck, is founding director and chairman of the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, and a priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he is director of the Respect Life Office.
Philadelphia Rally for Religious Freedom
This event is sponsored by the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Respect Life Office and Office for Catholic Education, the Prolife Union of Southeastern PA, Generation Life, and StandUpforReligiousFreedom.com. (For those who don’t live in or near Philadelphia, consider attending one of the many rallies nationwide. See StandUpforReligiousFreedom.com/locations/)
When: Friday, March 23, 2012
Time: Noon- 2 p.m.
Where: Independence Hall
520 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Summary from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
On January 20th, the Obama administration made it clear that the new HHS [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] mandate requiring employers to provide free contraceptives, sterilization and abortifacient drugs through their insurance plans would be imposed on religious institutions.
The HHS provided a “religious exemption” so narrow that it would exclude Catholic hospitals, universities and charities, forcing these institutions to act in direct opposition to Catholic teaching through the health care plans they provide. Institutions run by other religious organizations would be similarly affected.
Religious leaders across the country have been speaking out against the HHS mandate, including 171 Catholic bishops, and numerous lawsuits have been filed by Catholic institutions.
What every citizen must know about the HHS mandate
- The mandate does not exempt Catholic charities, schools, universities, or hospitals.
- The mandate forces these institutions and others, against their conscience, to pay for things they consider immoral.
- The mandate forces coverage of sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs and devices as well as contraception.
- Americans of all political persuasions and religious backgrounds are unified in their opposition to the mandate.
- Abortion and contraception are not healthcare.
Faith and Action and its partner the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill decry the unconstitutional law and mandates for the sake of all Americans.
For more information on the perils of the “healthcare” law and President Obama’s orders, see our previous articles Feb. 16: Join Faith and Action on Capitol Hill; Clergy Declare State of Emergency for Churches Over Obama Demands; Emergency Declaration to President Obama; Faith and Action Partner Sues Obama Administration; and Seven States Sue Over Obama Mandates.
Please also see and share our invitation to March 25-28: Encircle the Supreme Court in Prayer.