UPDATE: The Rally is on! But due to the last-minute denial of a permit for use of space in front of the Federal Building, the Rally site has been changed to two blocks over and is now located in front of the Federal Courthouse, located at 2 Niagara Square, Buffalo, NY 14202 (a permit for use of space has been granted for this location).
BUFFALO, New York - At 12PM on March 23, 2012, a large number of Western New Yorkers will gather outside of the Federal Courthouse (2 Niagara Square) to show their support for religious freedom (a fundamental right enshrined in the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution). This public support for the Constitutional right of religious freedom is timely as it is under the threat of the recent anti-conscience HHS Mandate being pushed by the Obama Administration which forces private citizens and Catholic institutions to pay for abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilizations.
This Rally is not about contraception and it is not about politics. This Rally is about religious freedom and its vital importance for all people. If the federal government can force private citizens and religious institutions to pay for abortion-inducing drugs and other items that violate their consciences, where does it end?
The WNY Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally will represent Western New Yorkers of all backgrounds who cherish the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Speakers will include, but are not limited to: Anne F. Downey, Esq., Partner at Downey & Downey; Rev. Jason McGuire, Executive Director of the New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms; Cheryl Calire, Respect Life Coordinator for the Diocese of Buffalo; Rev. Fr. Arthur W. Ward, Jr., Rector of St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church; Fr. Peter Calabrese, Catholic Priest.
This local rally is part of a nationwide movement which will include similar rallies on March 23rd at 12PM in over 100 U.S. cities.