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Rally For Religious Freedom Returns to Bel Air

Bel Air is expected to participate in the nationwide rally today, Friday.

A nationwide rally against that requires employers, including religious institutions, to provide access to contraceptives to employees through their health care plans, is coming to Bel Air Friday (today)

outside the building located at 20 W. Courtland St.

In similar fashion, this week's rally is scheduled to begin outside the court building at noon, according to a release from "Stand Up for Religous Freedom."

More than 150 towns and cities nationwide are participating in the rally, the release states.

In January, the Obama administration for implementing the law that requires religious employers to offer health plans covering contraceptives without co-pays or deductibles.

But the Department of Health and Human Services stated that the new rule "Ensures that women with health insurance coverage will have access to the full range" of all "FDA-approved forms of contraception."

Nonprofit and religious employers have until Aug. 1, 2013 to comply with the new law.

The rally is designed to protest the government's definition of religious institutions, and the requirement that all businesses "provide contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs through their health plans," despite moral positions, the release states.

The rally is expected to include speakers, signs, songs and hymns and prayers for the nation.

Brandon June 08, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Let me know when the "Rally for Equal Respect" come to town.
Rene de Pontbriand June 08, 2012 at 12:05 PM
This is the same male-dominated Church that deleted Bible entries that showed the large role played by women in life of Christ---and has maintained this slanted, often-sordid male-dominated priesthood. Yuck. Now they want control over women's bodies and day-to-day choices. Schmucks. It is just incredible the gaps in logic: Prevent contraception (a method God helped us develop for the good of the family, the planet, our very survival), and then what---feel good about yourselves for providing all of these sources and objects of suffering and pity for us to wonder at? For the world to support, thereby paying "tribute" to the Lord---wha?? People who want to go out and "support anti-choice" issues are free to do so, of course---but please, in your hearts, consider a much broader picture beforehand. You will not be curing society's many modern ills in this way---you will only make them practiced more and more and more.
Otto Schmidlap June 08, 2012 at 12:28 PM
This is the basic problem with Liberal whackadoodles. They believe that if a "Rally For Equal Respect" actually came to town they could become vested in it simply by holding up a sign or merely standing with the crowd. They don't understand that respect is earned, not handed out like M&Ms. Liberals and the rest of the entitlement mob don't understand that there is a connection between effort and reward. You know..."Where My Check?"
Jae June 08, 2012 at 12:44 PM
There is no justification for ever trampling upon our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Our religious tenants cannot and will not be compromised. We stand for religious liberty. We stand for God's natural law which has been placed in all of our hearts. We stand for the blessings of life bestowed upon us by God. We stand for our right to practice our faith based on Scripture. And one day, each of us will stand before God and be judged. Do we love God? Do we love our neighbor? How do we show that love?
PatrickOfBelAir June 08, 2012 at 01:12 PM
These people live in an Alice in Wonderland world, where up is down and down is up. If you want to protect religious freedom then support the law that prohibits employers from imposing their religious beliefs on their employees. You demonstrators want those same employers to act as your proxies to impose your religious beliefs on other people.
Concerned female voter June 08, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Please come out and join us, you will see who we are! The majority of us are educated women, not dominated by our church, but here of our own free will. We are your sisters, neighbors, teachers and businesswomen, and we are standing up for our rights. It is our right to do so, a right we are proud to possess, as we are proud to be Americans!!
Concerned female voter June 08, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Whether or not contraception is good for everyone is up for debate. It certainly isn't for those who have been physically harmed by it, which numbers in the thousands. It certainly isn't for the fertilized egg, the youngest possible human, when it is unable to attach due to "prevention" of pregnancy. It is prevention of implantation, not creation of life. the continuation of it. Contraception is NOT the choice for many women long term, even those who may have used it at one point in their lives. It hurts our family, our society, and the world at large.
BelAirChris June 08, 2012 at 02:16 PM
A few things to remember during this rally: 1) No religious employer has been forced to provide contraception, therefore no rights have been violated. 2) Insurance companies have already agreed to cover contraception in cases where religious groups won't. 3) Religious or not, if you accept tax dollars (as many religiou-based medical organizations do) you must abide by federal law. This has already been addressed by the Supreme Court, and Scalia authored the decision. Taking the above into consideration I pose the following question: Why rally against something that hasn't and isn't going to happen? Yes it is your right, but what purpose is served by further misinforming the public?
Concerned female voter June 08, 2012 at 02:25 PM
I cannot answer poiint by point right now, but a large part of this involves the government deciding what is and what isn't a religious organization. It should not be up to them to decide this. Also, you know as well as I where the insurance companies would be getting the money to pay for "free" contraception. Higher premiums, for all. Why not make cancer drugs free, or diabetes drugs? Free pills don't prevent most unwanted pregnancies, you can get them free at most health departments or for $4 at Walmart, and yet the problem persists!
Choiceforme June 08, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Can't answer the question huh? Oh yeah it's not one of your talking points.
Mary Klopcic June 08, 2012 at 03:25 PM
No, she's running out of time and headed to the rally. I'm fairly sure I know who this person is and I know she'd be happy to discuss this point by point when she has the time. Please listen when she does, and she will listen to you. You might learn something from each other.
Casey June 08, 2012 at 03:41 PM
BelAirChris - Well said!
john free June 08, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Have to agree with you Patrick-this is becoming an issue in my countryEngland UK. JT
Lois Raimondi Munchel June 08, 2012 at 05:09 PM
When churches and religious orig. pay taxes for the servises you and I pay for, police, fire, etc.; then you will have a right to picket anything the government wants to impose upon you. Until then, just don't use contraception (ha, ha), then you won't have to deal with this issue.
Kraken Attack June 08, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Because it's easier for some to try and blame a President for a "war on religion" when religious institutions don't get their way. Come August 1st will anything really change? Are people so afraid that members of their religous community will start using contraception and breaking their religion's laws?
Karl Schuub June 08, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Then I assume you're comfortable with taking the right to vote away from welfare recipients? They don't pay taxes...
franking June 08, 2012 at 09:19 PM
No employer should be forced to provide this, much less those who have a religious objection.
Concerned female voter June 08, 2012 at 09:22 PM
I agree franking. This should be bothering more people!!!!!
Concerned female voter June 08, 2012 at 09:30 PM
It isn't all just about each of us using or not using it. We pay taxes because we have to. We financially support our churches and other charities because we choose to. We are already paying for a lot of free birth control through local governments even though we oppose it. To now take even MORE money from us, by way of our churches and other charities, is ridiculous and we are against it. You do realize that most unintended pregnancies happen when people are supposedly using the pill or condoms?! Now you will be paying for both the birth control to "prevent" pregnancy and the child that is conceived because the couple felt safe. Not to mention the child support the absent fathers are not or can not pay. Giving out more birth control will not cut taxpayer costs, it will raise them.
Concerned female voter June 08, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Lol, I am a busy woman, I have no time for so called talking points. Only common sense. And common sense says that just because Obama says the birth control is free doesn't mean it is. Do you really believe that none of us are going to be paying for this? Well, those who give to churches or charities will be giving twice!!!!!
Concerned female voter June 08, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Chris, where do you think the insurance companies plan to get the money for all of this "necessary" and "free" medication? Rates we will ALL be forced to pay or be fined, thus having us pay three times. Asnfar as it not happening yet, of course not, we are trying to prevent it!
Concerned female voter June 08, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Good grief, my spelling, lol. Touch screen blues.
john q public June 09, 2012 at 12:45 AM
I have no problem with some of my taxes helping woman (and men for that matter) pay for birth control. I rather have it available to them then not. Especially in light of the fact there was a bill vote this week for "Fair Pay"...Equal pay for both sexes performing the same job and not one Republican voted for it. The facts are that women earn .72 cents for every $1 a man earns. As far as I am concern that is the greater sin. Where's the outrage? That should be the real "religious objection" for God's sakes. The responsibility and consequences of pregnancy fall far greater on the woman then the man. She is impacted the most. Society should step up and "help" her out. Birth control took women from the 2nd class subservient level they always held in society and elevated them to the position of equal that God deem. Why, for the love of God, would any Christian oppose it? And why for the love of your mothers, daughters, sisters and female friends you would chose to support holding them down and not support equal pay for them?
Pamela June 09, 2012 at 01:09 AM
What if a woman, who is okay with taking birth control while also being a Christian, works for an employer who doesn't agree with birth control? Why should her employer get to decide if her birth control is covered? Where are the protests protecting her religious rights?
franking June 09, 2012 at 01:10 AM
That bill was red meat for trial lawyers. It's already illegal to pay women less, all other things being equal. http://www.utsandiego.com/uniontrib/20080912/news_lz1e12lydick.html But if you're worried about, why focus on Republicans? There is pay inequity in Obama's white house. http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jeffrey-meyer/2012/04/30/robert-traynham-points-out-pay-inequality-obama-white-house
Pamela June 09, 2012 at 01:22 AM
If the government shouldn't decide what makes a religious organization, who decides then?
Concerned female voter June 09, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Susan, thank you for your comments! I believe in this situation the employer should still have the right to opt out. As far as a Christian who wants to get birth control but the employer doesn't offer it, many would say get another job. Not helpful, I know!!!! Not what I believe either. I.am not saying women do not have the right to purchase birth control.This is a good example of the dialog that should be held, before this was passed. Perhaps.the.woman could purchase her own rider that covers this? Hmmm. Not free. Susan, this is a.good question and one I will investigate. I am glad you brought this up. I respect a courteous dialog. :-)
franking June 09, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Someone not paying for your birth control doesn't take away your right to use it.
john q public June 09, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Every bill that is pass becomes a law. When a law is broken how does one proceed for restoration, correct a wrong? Through the court system. Red meat for lawyers is laughable. Any law broken could be consider "red meat" for lawyers. .Pay inequity in Obama's white house is just as wrong as not covering "womens" health that should include birth control. Paying women less for doing the same job should not under any circumstance be acceptable. Republicans this week attempted to make it acceptable. No excuse.
franking June 09, 2012 at 05:49 AM
I'd bet you haven't read the bill, just read the spin.

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