Detroit Archbishop Will Speak at Rally in Dearborn

The planned “Stand Up For Religious Freedom” event will feature Archbishop Allen Vigneron, who will speak at Dearborn City Hall on Saturday, Oct. 20.

One of several rallies planned by the Pro-Life Action League and the Citizens for a Pro-Life Society will take place on the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 20, in front of the Dearborn City Hall.

The rally, called “Stand Up For Religious Freedom,” was organized by the two groups to raise awareness about, in their point of view, a threat to religious liberty due to a mandate from the US Health and Human Services Department meant  to expand access to FDA-approved modes of birth control and emergency contraception. The mandate is part of the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron will be the featured speaker.

Initially, the mandate required Catholic and other religious employers provide in their health plans contraception, but earlier this year, a compromise indicated that if a religious employer with objections to providing contraceptive services in its health plan, the employer will not be required to provide or pay for the coverage, but the  insurance company will be required to directly offer her contraceptive care free of charge, according to a statement provided to the Huffington Post.

Pro-life and Catholic groups believe the provisions on whole are contrary to Catholic teachings, said Vigneron in a statement.

“The issue here is not about contraception,” he said. “The issue is about religious freedom; it is an affront to our constitutional guarantees. The church does not desire to impose its values on society. Rather, it’s the government seeking to impose its views upon the church. That is where the conflict lies.”

The Catholic dioceses of Michigan, through the Michigan Catholic Conference in Lansing, are involved in a lawsuit against the federal government as an attempt to stop the HHS mandate.

The rally is one of 143 events expected to take place 43 states nationwide; similar rallies in downtown Detroit in the spring and summer have drawn several hundred participants. Other events in Michigan will take place in Sterling Heights, Ann Arbor, Clarkston, Gaylord, Grand Blanc, Howell, Kalamazoo, Livonia, New Baltimore, Saginaw and Ontonagon.

The Dearborn City Hall is located at 13635 Michigan Avenue, on the southwest corner of Michigan and Schaefer.

Maureen Pawelek October 19, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Ridiculous. The law says the Church DOESN'T have to pay for contraceptives. The insurance company must provide it for free if the woman requests it. How is this, in ANY way, infringing on religious freedom? There's an infringement on freedom here alright, but it's coming from religious zealots who insist that they have the right to decide whether women get contraception. One of the MANY reasons I no longer call myself a Catholic.
Lee Jacobsen October 19, 2012 at 05:24 PM
If the issue is about religious freedom, the mandates give choice to the user, so "where's the beef'? Is the church upset about even allowing a choice? It appears that religion is coming forth with its own mandate. Our way or nothing. Freedom means we get to pick 'our' way, which may not be the right way to some, (ask the leaders in Saudi Arabia about letting women vote..is that right?) but everyone has the right to express an opinion, hence the rallye.
Claudia Day October 19, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I agree with you Maureen. Plus,what right does a religious organization having a say in what goes on with my body? IT'S MY BUSINESS!!!
Gilda Tamburro October 20, 2012 at 07:09 PM
I was at the rally. Speakers included Catholics, Baptists, Lutherns, etc; including an instructor from the UofM political science dept; incluing a Lebense Christian who came to this country because of religious freedom. What this young woman shared would of possibly opened your eyes. The fact that you have singled out one religious group leads me to believe that you have little or no knowledge of the HHS mandate and what it represents.
michael mcmillan October 21, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Gilda, Who were the speakers at the rally? I am curious to know who the Lutheran Speaker was - by name that spoke? Anybody else care to pipe in with the information I requested?
Tracy Gatt October 21, 2012 at 12:27 AM
The comments of those who feel that the Catholic church is trying to control a woman's body by NOT paying for their birth control shows that they don't understand the mandate. It's not about the pills. It's so much more than that. For all these years, women have had access to contraception/sterilization/abortion, but now that Catholic (and other Christian) institutions don't want to have to pay for something they morally oppose, somehow women are losing their access? The church also teaches that we all have a free will. If you want contraceptives/sterilizations/abortions, feel free. Just don't expect the rest of us to pay for it.
Pam October 21, 2012 at 01:06 AM
As taxpayers we all have to pay for things we don't agree with. Many of us have strong beliefs against paying for things we oppose morally, but we have to pay anyway as a cost of living in this society. These beliefs are not entitled to special exception. If you don't want these services, don't use them.
Roz Knight October 21, 2012 at 07:23 PM
So much for First Amendment Rights. Where in the Constitution is there a right to free birth control and abortion? Pay for it yourself.
Roz Knight October 21, 2012 at 07:24 PM
FIne, just don't make me pay for your decision to kill your baby or to pay for your promiscuity!
Roz Knight October 21, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Sleep around--who cares! Just don't expect taxpayers to foot the bill when you kill the baby in your womb or when you sleep around and want "protection." Pay for it yourself!
Roz Knight October 21, 2012 at 07:26 PM
The choice. Finish the sentence . . . the choice to kill the baby or not to kill the baby!
Roz Knight October 21, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Gilda: You are correct. Much blather in here but few facts, reason, or responsibility for one's own actions!
Roz Knight October 21, 2012 at 07:29 PM
The speakers: African American Judy Simmons of a Detroit crisis pregnancy center, Anglican pastor Kenneth Tanner, LCMS pastor Richard Zeile, Bob Dutko of WMUZ FM, Robert Muise of the Amer Freedom Law Center. see standuprally.com


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