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Anti-Obamacare Rally Takes Over 4th St.

Around 150 people came out with signs and American flags Friday at the intersection of 4th Street and 22nd Avenue N to protest the Health and Human Services Mandate.

The Supreme Court of the United States is expected to rule on the critical portion of Obamcare later this month, but protesters did not wait until the Court's ruling on the individual mandate to take to the busy streets of St. Petersburg to protest the Health and Human Services Mandate. 

Around 150 people came out with signs, rosaries and American flags Friday at the intersection of 4th Street and 22nd Avenue N in opposition to what they say is government infringing on their religious rights. 

Event organizer Michael Brennan said never has religion been under attack by the government like it is now. 

"I'm here to support the 1st Amendment," Brennan said. "It says our government will not get in the way of religious freedom. 

"The problem with the Health and Human Services Mandate, it oppose more than the Catholic Church but other Christian communities as well," Brennan added. "Abortions, sterilization, and of course, that all important pill that we will have to be freely provided for all services aligned with churches."

On Thursday, According to the Washington Post, likely GOP-nominee Mitt Romney continued to hammer President Barack Obama on the healthcare mandate. 

“I am encouraged that the House has done the right thing and voted to repeal the medical device tax. With unemployment stuck over 8 percent for 40 months, we can’t afford policies that kill jobs and stifle innovation in one of America’s most dynamic industries. The ill-considered medical device tax is only one of many fatal flaws in Obamacare. As president, I will work from my first day in office to dismantle Barack Obama’s federal health-care takeover and replace it with real reform that strengthens our health care system and puts patients first.”

Friday's protest was one of many Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies across the country protesting Obamacare.

According to the national website for 'Stand Up', more than 36,000 protesters participated in 76 events across the U.S. 

Friday was also the . More than 250 protesters s. 

“Let us be clear, pregnancy is not a disease, fertility is not an illness, and motherhood is not a medical condition," said Kristina Garza of Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, speaking to more than 250 people at the March 23 protest.

"Contraception is not preventive care, and abortion-inducing drugs are not health care,” said Garza, who is campus outreach director for the group.

"This is about our moral right and what we believe to be sacred," Brennan said Friday. We are all Catholic now. The stuff has hit the wall and we better stand up or there will be nothing to stand up to. It’s like they said about Germany, 'they went after the Jews first and then they eventually came after me.'' 

Lynda June 10, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Wow. Mr. Brennan has an answer for everything and just eliminates facts or opinions he disagrees with Priestly sexual adventures with minors? Must all have been done by those nasty "homo's" in the 70's! Respecting the religious freedom of employees and clients? Just go somewhere else for help or a job! What I get from his rally is Catholics want everyone in the USA to believe as they do. If laws are passed based on beliefs held by others than those laws are by definition invalid. So Mr. Brennan, do you organize rallies against executions in Florida? Against gun violence? Against the invasion and occupation of Iraq? Against childhood poverty? Do you organize rallies protesting the failure of society to follow Catholic values on any subject except abortion or hormonal birth control? Or are you just riding the emotional train of "Don't touch my religion by mandating insurance companies provide preventative care for people (including women who pay for their insurance) without additional copays?" This manufactured religious freedom argument promoted by hysterical, easily manipulated people is as bogus as an argument can be. I have only one thing to say to Mr. Brennan and his 150 protesters against insurance mandates: Try being a 21st century citizen of the USA for a change instead of someone whose thought processes are dominated by a German Pope residing in Italy representing a church stuck in the past which refuses to see women as fit to be priests.
Michael F Brennan June 10, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Lynda ends with "Try being a 21st century citizen of the USA for a change instead of someone whose thought processes are dominated by a German Pope residing in Italy representing a church stuck in the past which refuses to see women as fit to be priests." Yes, Lynda. Jesus Christ appointed only males to His priesthood, and Catholicism worldwide dares not usurp His example as per John Paul II. In addition, Jesus placed Peter as the Apostles primary religious leader no matter where in the world those first bishops went. And yes, the Catholic Church continues to graft onto its roots throughout the past 21 centuries. Even during periods of deplorable human weakness and betrayal of our own (Judas was an apostle); the Church looks to its roots for Faith and Reason to prevail, by the Grace of God. Yes and you do raise a most salient point. Will the 21st Century citizen, convinced they have the best of intentions, usurp the First Amendment of the U.S.Constituion, i.e." .....OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF......"??? Perhaps your '21st century citizen ideology' is to be an established religion of its own based on pure democracy, which was disdained and feared by our American Founders because it would ultimately be a dictatorship of the majority. The Founders chose to build a Republic that could provide rights for all while encouraging their energy and brains. Pure democracy was anathema to them and you should research that please.
S. Ripley June 11, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Is it just me? When I hear in advance that somebody is protesting at 4th & 22nd I just avoid the area. I could give a rat’s arse about the protest topic – even if a cause I support – that is just a terrible place to gather. A huge distraction for drivers at major intersection. It calls into question the group’s credibility when they choose that location to spread their message. I know it is permitted by law, but not by good judgment.
Michael F Brennan June 11, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Mr. Ripley, You deserve an explanation. The national organizers requested we rally at and around a Federal Building. They wanted the Feds in particular to get the message. while they are working on a Friday that we are voters this federal administration has lost. We do not have a federal building in St Petersburg. Surrounding Mirror Lake or/and the Court House block (6th st 1st Ave. North) may have been a better idea. However our location near Crescent Lake provided parking for 150 to 250 cars. In additon, the location provided major visibility to thousands of Tampa/St Petersburg voters (300 signs saying STAND UP FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM [OR] STOP OBAMA'S HHS MANDATE) made 4th St and 22nd Ave North an excellent substitute. FYI 57,000 Rally citizens in 144 cities of the 165 city total are currently tallied and reported as present and accounted for. The numbers will continue to rise. You can check http://standuprally.com for yourself. Michael F Brennan Rally Organizer St Petersburg http://standupforreligiousfreedom.com .
MARIE CHRISTNER June 17, 2012 at 05:57 PM
if women had some respect for themselves they would only be in a position to produce a child when they are loved and married and if anyone can look at a baby and not love it as part of them and the love of GOD THEY NEED TO KEEP THEIR LEGS CROSSED AT ALL TIMES

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