Statement as issued Thursday and distributed by Allen County Right to Life:
Fort Wayne, IN – Local community leaders are calling all citizens of the Greater Fort Wayne community to join together on June 30th at 10 AM at Freimann Square (Clinton and Main, Fort Wayne) to Stand Up for Religious Freedom. Thousands are attending similar rallies held across the nation in June to protest the assault on religious liberty by the Obama Administration. This event will educate the public about the attack on the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of religion, share ways to stop infringements of our Constitutionally protected rights, and demonstrate unity in support of religious liberty.
Featured speakers at the rally include: Pat Miller, local celebrity; Laura Wegmann, Winner of the Indiana Right to Life Oratory Contest; Fred Everett, Office of Family Life Director, Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend; Indiana State Senator Jim Banks; Indiana State Representative Kathy Heuer. Speakers will address the Supreme Court ruling on the Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, which is expected to be handed down on June 28th.
Cathie Humbarger, one of the local organizers says, “Our First Amendment guarantees are being trampled on by the very government created to protect it. For example, the recent Health and Human Services mandate forces employers, with very few exceptions, to provide birth control and abortion-inducing drugs despite deeply held beliefs. Furthermore, the federal government is now declaring that it will discern which ministries and services are considered religious.”
People of all faiths are encouraged to attend, as well as all who are concerned about government overreach. If this is not addressed, other Constitutionally protected rights are sure to be stripped away in the future.
Organizers of this event include: Christopher C. Barnekov, PhD, Scandinavia House Fort Wayne; Dennis Brink, Lutherans for Life Representative; Cathie Humbarger, Executive Director of Allen County Right to Life; Patty Hunter, TV Producer and Host of Patty’s Page; Sean McBride, Director of Communications, Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend; and Sarah Speer.