Rally For Religious Freedom

Today across the entire nation at noon local time, countless Americans gathered to protest the Obama administration’s war on religious freedom. While I hold a rather secular view of politics and am personally indifferent to the matter of contraception, I take issue with the federal government violating anyone’s first amendment rights.

My friend Kevin Williams, a devout Catholic and fellow tea party activist, organized Houston’s Rally for Religious Freedom, and was able to get over 1,200 people out to downtown Houston on a gorgeous Friday afternoon. I was pleased to be one of the speakers, and it was great to address a crowd I might not normally find myself in. However, when one individual’s rights are violated, we’re all impacted.

Despite the media’s framing, the issue at hand isn’t about the merits of contraception or the false notion that conservatives are trying to ban it (Griswold v. Connecticut assured that such a thing won’t ever happen, and no serious conservatives are pursuing that) – the matter is about the basic constitutional right to a freedom of conscience. I addressed all of these issues and more in my speech (ignore the craziness surrounding the helicopter at the beginning!)

(Thanks to my friend Joshua Esteban Parker for filming).

3 Responses to “Rally For Religious Freedom”

  1. David, Self Defense Retailer says:

    Hear hear! I’m pretty secular with my politics as well, but there’s a reason the Soviets were godless. Religion can be a great bulwark against government tyranny. This is absolutely a matter involving “freedom of conscious” as you put it, despite the demagoguing.

  2. Andy says:

    I’m sorry. I’m actually a fan, but I think you’re 100% wrong about this. This is not an issue of religious freedom at all. There’s a difference between religious belief and religious practice. The government gave wavers to Catholic churches during prohibition because giving wine as part of the eucharist is their practice. On the other hand this thing about not paying for birth control is a religious belief. In terms of law there is no distinction between belief informed by religion and any other kind of belief.
    Frankly, I think this is just election year politics. A way of getting the religious right and hopefully some Catholics worked up over Obamacare. Now by all means continue with the arguement about the individual mandate and the vegetables and the gym memberships. That has a lot of weight to it. Just don’t expect me to feel sorry for organizations that may or may not be technically part of the Church because they’re mandated to pay for one thing while their willing to accept other mandates and while everyone else has to follow that mandate.

  3. Corie says:

    My only point is that I am opposed to the government mandating anything in regards to what should and should not be included in insurance plans. If that happens to align with views held by the Catholic church, even if I don’t hold those views for the same reason, then so be it. Politics makes for strange bedfellows sometimes, and I’m fine with that. Coalition building is how you get things done.

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