Photos and video from the Stand up for Religious Freedom Rally in Leominster 6-8-12

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Photos and video from the Stand up for Religious Freedom Rally in Leominster 6-8-12

Fri­day I attended the Stand up for Reli­gious Free­dom Rally at Carter Park in Leomin­ster Mass.

I arrived just under an hour early as things were get­ting setup. The National Pro-​Life action league pro­vided the Largest banner

but left each indi­vid­ual loca­tion to han­dle the details themselves.

By ones and twos peo­ple con­tin­ued to arrive

to express their oppo­si­tion to the Oba­macare man­date against reli­gions organizations

and I did a quick peek before things actu­ally began:

The crowd in Leo­min­is­ter was strong 112 by my count (with sin­gle folks con­tin­u­ing to come as the Noon­time sun weighed down upon the faith­ful. (I’m told the num­ber reached 137) It was matched and echoed through­out the coun­try as peo­ple in 160 cities through­out the United States as on ral­lied to stand up for Reli­gious Free­dom. In Worces­ter the crowd was reported at crowd reached 250. I talked to GOP Leg­isla­tive can­di­date Justin Brooks before things actu­ally began.

A fair amount of press was also there to cover the event


Linda Kin­sey opened very directly say­ing she would not will not stand still while the gov­ern­ment attacks my con­sti­tu­tion­ally pro­tected free­doms “Will you? She chal­lenged the crowd.

After an open­ing prayer, she intro­duced Patti Tay­lor who read a let­ter from Bishop Robert McManus on the sub­ject.

In the let­ter the Bishop noted that we need to equip our fel­low Catholics so they may fur­ther inform oth­ers con­cern­ing this issue. As he put it:” Reli­gious Lib­erty is the first lib­erty granted to us by God and pro­tected in our Con­sti­tu­tion… It encom­pass our abil­ity to con­tribute freely to the com­mon good of our fel­low Amer­i­cans” and also noted that it was not only Catholics that were threat­ened. He wrote that fer­til­ity and preg­nancy is not a dis­ease but a sign of health. And announced a June solemn ves­pers in Worces­ter for June 22nd to pray for reli­gious liberty.

After the Bish­ops let­ter for­mer Leomin­ster Mayor Stephen Perla addressed Oba­macare mandate

Unfor­tu­nately I acci­den­tally left my ringer on my cell phone on so I had to quit the shot before the speech was done, but I did a 2nd pan of the area and caught the end of his remarks as I did.

As a Large crane worked on the steeple of his church across the street Fr. Thien Nguyen of St Leo’s parish spoke of his life in com­mu­nist Viet­nam and the oppres­sion of those who would dare to express their reli­gion pub­licly. Although his Eng­lish was not good his argu­ments were pow­er­ful par­tic­u­lar­ity when he spoke of not being able to freely express his reli­gion in Viet­nam and see­ing the same thing begin­ning to hap­pen here, the very thing he came here to escape.

After a clos­ing prayer and a pair of patri­otic songs things closed, Many peo­ple came for­ward to sign up to take action. I talked to one woman who came all the way from Marlborough

With a group of friends

Bot­tom line, if a small event is able to draw over 100 dur­ing a quick-​lunch hour on a work­day in a city the size of Leomin­ster with other ral­lies less than 90 min­utes away it adds up the a bad end to a bad week for the White House and it’s allies on Oba­macare. The photo gallery follows

Such events do not take place on their own, if you would like to help defray the costs here is the address where you can contribute:

Leomin­ster Stand up for Reli­gious Free­dom com­mit­tee
C/​o St. Anna’s parish
199 Lan­caster Street
Leomin­ster Mass. 01453

Friday I attended the Stand up for Religious Freedom Rally at Carter Park in Leominster Mass.

I arrived just under an hour early as things were getting setup. The National Pro-Life action league provided the Largest banner

but left each individual location to handle the details themselves.

By ones and twos people continued to arrive

to express their opposition to the Obamacare mandate against religions organizations

and I did a quick peek before things actually began:

The crowd in Leominister was strong 112 by my count (with single folks continuing to come as the Noontime sun weighed down upon the faithful. (I’m told the number reached 137) It was matched and echoed throughout the country as people in 160 cities throughout the United States as on rallied to stand up for Religious Freedom. In Worcester the crowd was reported at crowd reached 250. I talked to GOP Legislative candidate Justin Brooks before things actually began.

A fair amount of press was also there to cover the event


Linda Kinsey opened very directly saying she would not will not stand still while the government attacks my constitutionally protected freedoms “Will you? She challenged the crowd.

After an opening prayer, she introduced Patti Taylor who read a letter from Bishop Robert McManus on the subject.

In the letter the Bishop noted that we need to equip our fellow Catholics so they may further inform others concerning this issue. As he put it:” Religious Liberty is the first liberty granted to us by God and protected in our Constitution… It encompass our ability to contribute freely to the common good of our fellow Americans” and also noted that it was not only Catholics that were threatened. He wrote that fertility and pregnancy is not a disease but a sign of health. And announced a June solemn vespers in Worcester for June 22nd to pray for religious liberty.

After the Bishops letter former Leominster Mayor Stephen Perla addressed Obamacare mandate

Unfortunately I accidentally left my ringer on my cell phone on so I had to quit the shot before the speech was done, but I did a 2nd pan of the area and caught the end of his remarks as I did.

As a Large crane worked on the steeple of his church across the street Fr. Thien Nguyen of St Leo’s parish spoke of his life in communist Vietnam and the oppression of those who would dare to express their religion publicly. Although his English was not good his arguments were powerful particularity when he spoke of not being able to freely express his religion in Vietnam and seeing the same thing beginning to happen here, the very thing he came here to escape.

After a closing prayer and a pair of patriotic songs things closed, Many people came forward to sign up to take action. I talked to one woman who came all the way from Marlborough

With a group of friends

Bottom line, if a small event is able to draw over 100 during a quick-lunch hour on a workday in a city the size of Leominster with other rallies less than 90 minutes away it adds up the a bad end to a bad week for the White House and it’s allies on Obamacare. The photo gallery follows

Such events do not take place on their own, if you would like to help defray the costs here is the address where you can contribute:

Leominster Stand up for Religious Freedom committee
C/o St. Anna’s parish
199 Lancaster Street
Leominster Mass. 01453