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Anti-Obama Protesters Arrested for Praying

Submitted by on October 2, 2012 – 12:20 pm EST3 Comments

By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

Just before the first presidential debate, pro-lifers are speaking out on the critical issue of religious liberty and getting arrested as part of a new strategy of active “resistance” to the Obama Administration’s pro-abortion and pro-homosexual policies.

Speaking at a “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” rally in Washington, D.C., Catholic Priest Marcel Guarnizo urged the Catholic hierarchy to take the fight to the Obama Administration and publicly denounce Catholic politicians who promote abortion and homosexual marriage. He singled out Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley for criticism.

He spoke in front of a “Real health care protects life” banner.

The rally is part of a national series of events being held in over 105 cities across the nation to speak out against the Obama Administration’s order or “mandate” from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that all employers, including religious institutions, provide birth control and abortion-related services.

The mandate’s narrow “religious exemption” would not apply to religious schools, hospitals and charities.

In an attempt to attract major media attention, some speakers and demonstrators were arrested in front of the White House in symbolic defiance of the HHS Mandate. It is legal to demonstrate as long as one continues to move but it is illegal to stop, kneel, and pray. “Dozens of people have already been arrested over the weekend for kneeling and praying in front of the White House,” noted WorldNetDaily.

Lila Rose, who has become famous for sponsoring undercover investigative journalism videos exposing the illegal practices of the abortion industry, was a featured speaker at the Sunday event, held in Lafayette Park across the street from the White House.

Rose, president and founder of the pro-life group Live Action, said that the HHS mandate is ultimately designed to provide more taxpayer dollars for the abortion industry.

Her latest “Gendercide” videos at the www.LiveAction.org site expose sex-selection abortions in America, in violation of the law. “We use new media to educate the public about the humanity of the unborn and investigative journalism to expose threats against the vulnerable and defenseless,” her site says.

Kristina Garza, campus outreach director of Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, also spoke, saying that America has traditionally been a place where people go to escape religious persecution but that the persecution has now come to America itself. “We cannot let this country get to the point that we have to hide the fact that we are Christians,” she said.

She added, “If we are the country where people historically run to for freedom, and our freedom is being revoked, where is our hope?”

Fr. Marcel Guarnizo told the rally that the HHS mandate is really about abortion. “They want to make abortion the national way of the United States and make you pay for it,” he said.

“There’s way too much silence even in the Catholic Church,” he said, adding that “We need a strategy for resistance.” He said he has urged Catholic leaders to consider new ways to counter what the Obama Administration is doing.

He also apologized for what some self-proclaimed Catholics have done, such as Obama’s HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, who legalized homosexual marriage. “I would like to say as a Catholic that I am ashamed and sorry that we put society through this grief, that we did not teach them and have not corrected them. But these people use the Catholic name for political reasons. And we have to start making distinctions as shepherds.”

He added, “Our issue is not that people sin. Our issue is with people who are sinning willfully, knowingly, and making it public policy. Those people need to be castigated publicly by the shepherds of the church.”

Other speakers include Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition; Father Frank Pavone, the National Director of Priests for Life; Brandi Swindell, founder and President of Stanton Healthcare; Rev. Rob Schenck, President of The National Clergy Council; Rev. Bryan Fischer, Director of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association; and Bryan Kemper, National Youth Director for Priests for Life.

Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at cliff.kincaid@aim.org.

3 Comments »

  • redley says:

    YES, it’s illegal to bend down and pray and anyone doing so will be arrested, but it is OK for OWS protestors to rally there with their hate filled signs, condemning Capatalism in the United States and the police do NOTHING!

    Peaceful people are easier to place under arrest…NO contest with the police. They sure are wussies and so is D.C.’s Chief of Police.

    • Tabby says:

      Well, as you know, commies always go after the church & peaceful activists first.
      OWS is funded by Soros & Obama tells the police to “stand down” as they destroy things & carry signs saying “Kill All Christians” because OWS are Obama’s rabblerowsers / anarchists just like all government overthrowing, constitution killing dictators have these groups. He’s laughing his a** off at em too. They’re just his useful idiots.
      This is really sad about the arrests but the impact to SHOW the world Obama’s ongoing war against the Church makes it totally worth it. I mean if I were with these folks I’d be praying for arrest just to get the point out about how intolerant the US & especially the POTUS is against the Church. (Once one thing gets their attention I have them google “The most Biblically hostile President in US history” for the shocking list outlining his war on the Church.
      Perhaps we can still wake a few people up each before they vote for this POS! What really kills me is that you don’t hear a word about this stuff in the MSM & I happen to believe it’s a story worthy of a little coverage! (Then again, if they won’t cover his open treason, I guess I shouldn’t expect much there huh)?
      American heros rolling over in their graves… Daily!

  • BSmith says:

    Jesus Christ will hold accountable the Cardinals, Bishops and Priests that do not speak out against public figures that call themselves Catholics (ie, Pelosi, Biden, Sebelius) and promote abortion and same sex marriage. These people should be held accountable by the Church and dealt with as the Apostle Paul said to 1 Cor. 5:5, or Romans 16:17,18 also 1 Tim 5:20.

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