“Now is the time for us to stand on this great battlefield and say
‘all right, you brought the war, we’ll engage.'”
Wisconsin Family Action’s Director Julaine Appling addressed a group of 450-500 supporters assembled outside of Kastenmeier Courthouse in Madison on Friday at the “Stand Up For Religious Freedom” Rally.
The crowd, one of many across the nation, gathered to express opposition to the Obama Administration’s HHS Mandate, set to be ruled on by the Supreme Court at the end of the month. Appling made it imperative during her speech at today’s rally that, “This idea that we have no right to take our faith outside of the four walls of our churches and outside of the four walls of our families is nothing but bunk.”
In January, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a mandate under the Affordable Care Act that requires all employer health plans to provide free contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion‐inducing drugs, regardless of any moral or religious objections.
The First Amendment of the US Constitution and Article I, Sec. 18 of the Wisconsin Constitution both guarantee citizens religious freedom–the right to freely exercise our religious beliefs in private and in public. Wisconsin Family Action has been working with state legislators to introduce a resolution that will amend the state constitution to give Wisconsin the best religious freedom language available.
“Wisconsin Family Action has four main areas we work in,” stated Appling, “marriage, family, life and liberty. …. they are not sideline issues, they are not social issues, they are core, foundational, fundamental issues in this state and this country.”
You can listen to the entire speech HERE.
Earlier in the rally, State Senator Glenn Grothman took the podium and began by addressing the small number of protesters present, “They are so scared to death of our message that whenever we show up a few of them have to be here.” Grothman addressed the governmental ousting of Christianity in public schools, culture and in foreign policy. “We must pray for America,” said Grothman, “We must live a more Godly lifestyle, and we must encourage our clergy to be more outspoken.”
The full speech can be heard HERE.
Appling urged attendees to take action after they left the rally, using it as a starting point instead of a one-time event. WFA petitions in support of religious liberty were available at the rally, and Appling challenged the audience to make every effort to ensure state leadership in future elections are those who will strengthen and preserve marriage, family, life and liberty in Wisconsin, stressing volunteerism and teamwork with organizations such as WFA.
You can sign WFA’s petition HERE sending a strong and clear message to our state legislators that you want your religious freedom given the best protection possible.
Click HERE to volunteer!
The Leadership Institute outlines helpful ways to engage in supporting pro-family candidates HERE.