Protesters Rally for Religious Freedom

Around hundred of people gathered in St. Petersburg Saturday to protest Obamacare.

Around 100 people rallied at 'Founders Corner' Saturday afternoon at a 'Stand up for Religious Freedom' rally. 

Saturday's rally was squarely aimed at the Health and Human Services Mandate, otherwise known as Obamacare. 

Protesters said forcing religious institutions to pay for "contraceptives, sterilization and aborting-inducing drugs" is an attack on religious freedom. 

Sonya March, a former Florida Republican senate candidate, said the war on religion is worse than you think. 

"The ACLU and other radical anti-Christian groups have been on a mission to eliminate public expression of our nation's faith and heritage," March said. "By imposing the government, filing lawsuits and spreading the myth of a so-called separation of church and state, the opposition (are trying to enforce) it’s leftist agenda on Americans."

March said it is important for citizens to stand up to the government and vote for leaders that will support the ideals that the U.S. was founded on. 

"In courtrooms and in schools rooms, offices and shops, public buildings, and even churches, those who believe in God are increasingly threatened punished and silenced," March added. "Spread of the gospel by transforming the legal system and advocating for religious liberty, the sanctity of life and marriage and family. Can you imagine what tomorrow will look like in America if the opposition is not stopped today."

Republican state senate candidate Jeff Brandes said he was proud to speak at a grassroots event just weeks before the November general election. He echoed March's sentiments of electing leaders that stand with the founders.

"(Religious freedom) is so important that our founders put it first among the first," he said of the Constitution. "It is the root of the root of what America is. It truly is. Religious freedom is absolutely, the very beginning. They started with God. Among everything they could have started with. Before speech, before press, there is religion." 

"The (Health and Human Services mandate) doesn’t stop with free contraceptives, it requires employers heath care plans to provide free sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs," March concluded. "More importantly, the American idea of religious liberty is at stake. This really isn’t about contraception, it’s about the First Amendment." 

While yard signs reading, "yes on Amendment 6" lined the Religious Freedom rally, a few miles south, progressives rallied at Jannus Live in opposition to Amendment 6. 

Orlinda October 21, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Obamacare does not force religious healthcare facilities to perform abortions, nor to perform sterilization surgeries. It only secures the personal choice of those insured to be covered for contraceptive care, should they so choose. Those who choose to exercise their personal choice, need not to so at religious healthcare facilities.
Rider October 21, 2012 at 02:30 PM
it's frightening how uninformed these people are....
Mark Madrak October 21, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Obamacare also does not force these institutions to pay for the coverage. The cost of this coverage is borne by the insurance provider in the case of religious institutions who oppose this coverage.
Red October 21, 2012 at 03:03 PM
The Chinese during the worse of the cold war had a term for people that acted this way: They were called "Paper Tigers". I think those that feel oppressed by the American health care system need to follow their Big Insurance friends and Opp-Out. Thats right don't use it. Leave MY coverage alone, don't use yours. That will show everyone how "High-Minded"you really are. Boy will we all be impressed too. It's nice to think of the "good old days" when unwanted pregnancy's added to the death rate, filled orphanages, heaped shame on our women and left the men ready to impregnate again. Are the orphans all adopted? Ask one of these "high-minded ones"how many they bought home to love and raise. AH-H-h-h don't get me started.How far would this "debate" go if the men were neutered instead?
Steve October 21, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Perhaps all the folks at this rally are rich--rich enough to begin paying the full cost of their prescription drugs if the Affordable Health Care Act gets repealed, since the Prescription Drug law the Republicans passed no longer exists--it was folded into "Obamacare." That means a range of $4200-$16,000 for Medicare Part D. That will be, says Romney, on his first day in office.
Red October 21, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Romnesia, is I've heard, covered by the preexisting conditions clause in the Obama-cares law so hope is not lost for these poor mean-spirated protesters. It will EVEN cover these people.
Michael F Brennan October 21, 2012 at 06:53 PM
We appreciate the balanced reporting by the NE Patch. Your reporter stayed for over an hour, and did not see the increase in attendance that approached 300 with those coming and going. However, commentators continue to not 'get it'. It is not about Obamacare per se, it is about the First Amendment that protects faith based ministries from government intrusion into their core beliefs. Michael F Brennan St Petersburg Rally Captain Voter Stand Up or Religious Freedom
Tom Tito October 22, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Ironically, Pro-choice Democrats are reducing abortions by making birth control more available while Pro-life Republicans do the opposite. Romney outsourced jobs to China where abortion is compulsory. So-called Pro-life Republican Congressman Scott DesJarlais encouraged his mistress to abort their child, and last week was chosen to preside over the House of Representatives.
Pfin October 22, 2012 at 02:46 AM
The protesters take allot out of contex.Have any of them read the complete bill.its on the Internet .Or do they just watch the propaganda on television? ignorance is bliss.Read the Obama care bill before you waste a day getting uninformed people all frantic over there rights. I feel people can have as many kids as they want or can afford.Just don't burden the people with extra pay on their insurance policies,wee all don 't want pay one premium for maternity,that should be a rider with extra copayment.Not every one wants children you should pay for you baby,and the people who want birth control it's you choice .rthat is not hurting anyone.no conception is great.people pick and choose bible verses they rea,lily talk about absti niece.do what is best for you situation.babies out of wedlock is still no so a godly way.I say we have lost morality an these babie will be raised fatherless there is a stigma .They have trust issues and peer issues and the are seen in a different socioeconomic hell have babies you can afford and teach them skills be 3 years so they will be ready for school.It stats a home the first years jis most important for language alphabet arithmetic reading.all this before school or they will be lost forever.
Jack Sprat October 22, 2012 at 05:00 AM
The real point of the "Affordable" Care Act is that it does not address health care costs - and there are many ways those costs can be contained and even reduced. However, nothing in the Act pertains to those potential cost reductions. Instead, the Act has resulted in increased premiums for those with health insurance and yes, ultimately it will provide insurance for many people who cannot afford it. Because others will pay for it through additional taxes. It is that simple. Universal health care for all is a noble objective and there are ways to achieve that goal without placing all of the burden on others. Of course those who support the Act do so because they are not the ones who will be paying for it. There are millions of people who qualify for insurance, can afford to pay for it and choose not to (they know they will receive the care they need, paid for by others). Millions qualify for Medicaid and even Medicare and have not elected to complete the necessary applications. Millions of illegal aliens should not qualify for health care because they are not citizens of the U.S. - but some hospitals have literally gone out of business, bankrupted due to the costs of treating illegal aliens in their ER's (over 100 in CA alone). The "Affordable" Care act is another misguided and irresponsible attempt to buy votes from those who are led to believe they are owed govt support. And the only way govt can pay for anything is through taxation and borrowing (now $16 Trillion).
David McKalip October 22, 2012 at 02:47 PM
For those who beleive that the oppression of religious freedom by President Obama will stop with the Catholic, you may want to think again. Mr. Obama is working to ensure that he decides what is moral and what is "legitimate" for a beleive of moral conscience. If he can tell the Catholics they must pay for abortions, then what can he tell the Jews about forcing them to work on the Sabbath? What can he tell Muslims about praying 5 times a day in Public. Remember this one: "then then came for the Jews, and I was not a Jew so I did not stand up. Then they came for me and there was noone left to stand up for me.". The First amendment is a valuable and needed protection of our naturally granted right to exercize our religion. It must be protected.
Michael F Brennan October 22, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Dr. McKalip, The very foundation stones of your Founders Corner.us is in jeopardy. Thank-you for your patriotism.
Glenn Pav October 22, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Let's look at the big picture. Contraceptive giveaways is chump change compared to the drastic over-control of our Federal Government mandating ObamaCare (ObamaTax) and the Government defining what is and is not "religious" exemptions. Come on, Religious Hospitals have a right to do business based on their moral and religious convictions. When the Government tries to take away our freedom of religious liberty based on the First Amendment, them's fightin' words!
Glenn Pav October 22, 2012 at 03:39 PM
The Government has no right to force either religious hospitals nor independent insurance companies to comply to Government control. Ridiculous!
Glenn Pav October 22, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Don't show your ignorance so much, Red. 12 million babies were aborted. That's voters who would have the choice to vote for or against abortion or pro-life. What if one of them was you!
Glenn Pav October 22, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Michael, see my responses to the ignorant above your submission. Thank you for organizing the Freedom Rally Saturday. Since we have a Democrat/Socialist Main Stream Media, this is our grassroots way to may our convictions known. Keep Righting the Right, my friend! :)
Jack Sprat October 22, 2012 at 03:50 PM
It seems you are saying that govt should force insurers to pay for something that can be purchased for $10/month? As you point out, contraception is indeed a personal choice as is the woman's choice of lifestyle. Maybe unmarried and smart enough to realize that getting pregnant would not be wanted. Maybe married and making the same choice for some reason. But why should anyone be forced to pay for a woman's choice? When govt mandates that insurance companies must cover contraceptives (or child coverage to age 26 or any number of other mandated coverages), then everyone who has insurance must pay more because the companies base their premiums on their costs. You are advocating that everyone be forced to subsidize women's choices whether they want to or not, whether they believe in it or not. That is just the beginning of oppression - a little bit at a time until you find even yourself boxed into a corner with no choices.
Jack Sprat October 22, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Which people......?
Jack Sprat October 22, 2012 at 04:00 PM
The insurance provider charges a premium which is partially paid by the employer and partially paid by the insured. Obamacare forces the insurance provider to cover contraception and, in some cases, abortion. So the premium is increased, forcing the employer and all insured employees to pay more for coverage they do not want in many instances, especially at those religious institutions. Ultimately much of that cost will be borne by taxpayers because, by design, Obamacare is supposedly for those who cannot afford insurance and will therefore be subsidized by govt - and where does govt money come from? Those who work and pay taxes. In the final analysis, Glenn Pav says it all in one sentence.
Michael F Brennan October 22, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Quite a bit of the misunderstanding among citizens has to do with the 'spin machine' of the beaucrat 'Central Planners' who must want to take over faith based institutions. Perhaps they see it as a source of monies for other government programs. However, the United States of America in at the signing of our Constitution gave us the 'First in the world' protection to religious conscience by stating that no federal power could usurp that religious conscience. They also enforced that by stating that no religion or secular ideology could be used as a State sponsored religion or ideology. You could interpret that as a discriminating factor, but that was the God given right of our Founders to recognize an inalieable right. For dozens and dozens of generations we were taught this understanding of our inalienable rights, but the elite interfered in the process. Today I found that my son in High School was not taught the Constitution, but what others say the Constitution means. We have lost our roots. Michael F Brennan Rally Captain St Petersburg Voter Stand Up or Religious Freedom
Michael F Brennan October 26, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Pregnancy is not a disease. However, the School of Kathleen Sebelius of Health and Human Services teaches that it is cheaper to abortafacient the child or contracept as preventive medicine. This attitude is not sane. Races and nations self-destruct under the bondage of low birth rates. Europe is not reproducing. Only related to legal and illegal immigration is the American population growing. Russia is evaporating except for its Muslim population. Michael F Brennan Rally Captain, St Petersburg Voter Stand Up for Religious Freedom
Red October 26, 2012 at 10:31 PM
So. .. ... you people think forced births from rape represents a "Gift from God"? With that one would suppose that rapists are only doing Gods will. So what(?) let em go? After all they are "only doing Gods will. Right? If you don't want to have an abortion . .. .... don't and leave the rest of us alone.You want me out of your religion(?) stay OUT of mine. Keep your "small" government out of my bedroom --- out of my wifes insides.
Michael F Brennan October 26, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Red, It is beyond repair to have a debate with a pin head of an excuse for an I.Q. Evil is instigated by an evil entity, not a loving God. Your desperation to create an opening for Obama and company is well deserved. Check the facts and the polls. Read em and weep. Obama and Co. are history. Women have watched Gov Romney closely and like what they have seen and heard. His Presidential credentials are evident to the listener. He is the smartest man in the room, but keeps his demeanor low key. Michael F Brennan Rally Captain, St Petersburg Voter Stand Up for Religious Freedom
Red October 27, 2012 at 12:34 AM
So you DO want to let the rapist go? Go ahead call me names. Don't answer the question.
Michael F Brennan October 27, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Red queries if I believe that a rapist should be set free because I believe he has performed God;s Will after I have described the act as evil. The gentleman's comprehension of this strange saga defies definitive analysis. The mental health fissure has been opened to the point that discussion has reached finality related to the desperation of the defeated who know their beloved President will be gone on Nov 6th. The Will of God will prevail.


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