Dozens of Pro-Lifers Arrested at White House Opposing HHS Mandate
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 10/1/12 10:50 AM
Over the weekend, two dozen pro-life advocates were arrested at the White House for praying and holding pro-life signs protesting President Obama’s pro-abortion HHS mandate.
“Obamacare will force institutions, churches and individuals to purchase abortion-inducing drugs and pay for sterilization and abortion in direct opposition to their beliefs, conscience and historic teachings of the Church,” the group of people said in a statement. “With the recent Supreme Court ruling affirming Obamacare, the future of religious freedom in America is at risk and in grave danger of being entirely wiped out.”
In total, 54 pro-lifers gave up their freedoms to make a point about the mandate, so far.
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, was one of the pro-life protesters willing to risk arrest to take a stand.
“For the faith community, we can never be silent or indifferent when it comes to matters of justice, human rights and religious freedom,” he said. “people of principle and faith, we must purpose in our hearts that we will never comply with an unjust or immoral government mandate which would require us to violate our conscience, the teachings of the Scriptures and the historic teachings of the Church.”
“We want to make it clear to President Obama and all public officials that we would rather spend time in jail that to be forced into complying with a mandate that crushes religious freedom,” he added.
Bryan Kemper, youth outreach director for Priests for Life, was one of the pro-life activists who allowed himself to be arrested, both on Saturday and Sunday. He previously talked about why he was doing so.
On Saturday morning I am getting on an airplane to fly to Washington DC where I plan on kneeling down in front of the White House to pray for our President, our leaders and the for the country my children must grow up in. You may ask what this has to do with getting arrested this weekend, prayer is certainly not illegal yet? In most cases you would be right, however not when that prayer takes place on the sidewalk outside the White House. You can stand and take photos, dance, wave your hands, pick your nose or just stand there, however if you kneel down and pray you are breaking the law and face arrest.
So your next question may be why now? Why are you flying to Washington DC to take this stand this weekend?
With the recent Supreme Court ruling affirming Obamacare, the future of religious freedom in America is at risk, and in grave danger of being entirely wiped out. Obamacare will force institutions, churches and individuals to purchase abortion-inducing drugs, and pay for sterilization and abortion in direct opposition to their beliefs, conscience and historic teachings of the Church.
For the first time in our nation’s history, our government is forcing people of faith and conscience to abandon their deeply held values and core beliefs. The President is now “dictating” to Christians how they are to live their faith. The government is replacing the teachings of Scripture, the Church, and our conscience, demanding that we bow down before their dictates.
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If the Christian community does not take a stand and send a powerful message to President Obama that we “must obey God rather than man,” and we “will never comply” with immoral and unjust government mandates that violate our faith — religious freedom and the First Amendment will be trampled before our very eyes.