On June 8, 2012, Freedom of Religion rallies took place all over Long Island with hundreds at each location outside our congressmen’s offices. In Garden City, there were over 1000.
Not one of the rallies was covered by the media. We did have the police in Patchogue thanks to Rep. Timothy Bishop. They weren’t there to protect us. Rep. Bishop likes to pretend that anyone who disagrees with him is somehow dangerous, even peaceful religious people.
Mr. Bishop refused to ban sex-selection abortion last week.
Rep. Bishop is a Catholic who supports the HHS Mandate and the IPAB, which is a 15 member panel in DC comprised of appointed “experts” who will determine everyone’s healthcare. Mr. Bishop said he would vote against it and when he recently had the chance to do so, he did not.
He was in D.C. on Friday but his employees had pizzas delivered probably so they would not have to walk past us.
Meanwhile, the Occupiers rally every Saturday in Port Jefferson. They often behave poorly as they stand on U.S. flags but they have never had the police in attendance. They are frequently covered by the media. That’s the bizarro leftist world for you.
The following are raw, unedited videos of the protesters outside Congressman Tim Bishop’s office –
Father Roy –
Two people from the opposition showed up at the rally and the husband agreed to tell us why he attended the rally. Just so you know, as you listen to this video, animal sacrifices are legal in the United States.
A Veteran who earned a Purple Heart –
A woman who considered abortion –
A political representative –
A rallier from the Suffolk 912 Tea Party –
Concerns about sex selection, a member of the Right-to-Life Party –
From Long Island Catholic –
Author, Pete Sheehan
GARDEN CITY — Close to 1,000 people all over Long Island participated last Friday in Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies against the Obama administration’s regulations for contraceptive coverage in employee health insurance plans.
Holding such signs as “Honor thy First Amendment” and “Hands off My Church,” hundreds of demonstrators stood outside congressional offices as part of nationwide protests March 23 against U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) regulations requiring religious institutions to provide employee health insurance coverage for contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients.
“I think it was tremendous,” said Grace Colucci, captain for the Long Island rallies. “What I found most encouraging was the passion and concern of the people there.” Colucci participated in the demonstration outside Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy’s office here, and collected reports from the other demonstrations.
Rallies were held at the offices of Long Island members of Congress who voted for President Obama’s Affordable Care Act in 2010 — including Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand in Melville, McCarthy here, Congressman Tim Bishop in Southampton and Patchogue, Steve Israel in Hauppauge, and Gary Ackermann, whose district includes Nassau County, in Bayside.
“I’ve been told that no one from any of the congressional offices made a statement about the protest,” Colucci said.
At McCarthy’s office here, a number of the protesters went inside to ask her position on the regulations but reported that they were told that no one was there to speak with them. A staff member at the reception desk explained that McCarthy and her communications director were not available. Subsequent requests by The Long Island Catholic for a comment were not returned.
The U.S. bishops have criticized the regulations, announced in January, as an assault on the right to freedom of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
More than 200 protesters stood in front of the office building, across from the Roosevelt Field Mall parking lot here, from noon to 1 p.m. Participants included laity and clergy.
“We want to stand with our bishops and for religious freedom,” said Joe Leonardi, accompanied by his son, Daniel, who he took out of Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale to participate in the rally.
“I think it’s frightening,” said Maureen McGowan, a parishioner of St. Aidan’s Church, Williston Park, to attempt to curtail the Church’s rights and to support abortifacients.
Msgr. James Swiader, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church here, was present as was Father Brian Barr, diocesan vocations director, and some of the diocesan college seminarians from Cathedral Seminary Residence in Douglaston, and other priests.
“We have to be visible as a Catholic community,” Msgr. Swiader said. “I’m happy to see the number of people here who are willing to sacrifice their time.”
There were also non-Catholic clergy, such as Charismatic Episcopal Father Stephen Maloney, associate pastor of the Church of the Intercessor in Malverne. “We have to stand up for our religious freedom and our conscience.”…Keep reading…