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'Stand Up For Religious Freedom' rally in San Diego March 23

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Religious leaders in San Diego are joining with others across the country in staging a nationwide "Stand Up For Religious Freedom" rally on Friday, March 23 at noon.

The rally is in response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' mandate that all employers provide free contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs through their health plans, according to a press release distributed by Catholic Radio of San Diego.

"The HHS provided a 'religious exemption' so narrow that it would exclude Catholic hospitals, universities and charities, forcing these institutions to act in direct opposition to Catholic teaching through the health care plans they provide," the release said.

The San Diego Rally for Religious Freedom will take place from noon-1 p.m. at the San Diego County Administration Building on 1600 Pacific Coast Highway.

Religious leaders planning to attend include Bishop Flores, Bishop George McKinney, Dr Jim Garlow, Pastor Netz Gomez, Kathy Marler, Pastor Chris Clark, Dran Reese, Dr Jennifer Roback Morse, Dr George Delgado, Dr Derry Connolly, Thomas McKenna, Hugh Largey, Timmerie Millington, and others.

Organizers suggest people arrive early to find parking or arrange a carpool. Attendees are asked to bring "Religious Freedom" signs.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/sandiegoforreligiousfreedom.

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carla guido 6:08pm March 24, 2012

I hope the next rally can be either after work hours or on a Saturday...really wanted to attend but no way to get away from work. Keep it up!

Annie Adona 10:50am March 22, 2012

Thank you for putting it out there. I am attending.

Gerry Greeman 7:08am March 22, 2012

Its important that we redefine again what this is all about; the issue is NOT contraception, but religious freedom.

Loraine Bales 11:21pm March 21, 2012

Thanks, my husband Bill & I plan to be there.

Sr. Gloria 11:20am March 16, 2012

Where are other sites for the Rally? Are they scheduled on the East Coast? I live in New Jersey and have not heard anything abou tthis wonderful event. We should all stand together. Please let me know and I will spread the word. Thank You, Sr. Gloria