Faithful ‘Stand Up for Freedom’ at rally
By Nissa LaPoint
Photo by Nissa LaPoint/DCR
Youths, families and senior citizens of all faiths gathered for a rally June 8 at the state Capitol in downtown Denver to show their belief in the God-given right to practice religion without the interference of government.
“Today, by the grace of God, we will speak up,” said Father Dave Nix, parochial vicar at St. Joseph Parish in Fort Collins. He told the crowd about the need to speak up for freedom before it’s taken away.
Denver was one of 164 cities to participate in the nationwide Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies, a rise from the 145 reported cities that joined the first nationwide rally in March. The rallies were organized in response to the federal Department of Health and Human Services’ mandate that institutions provide unfettered access to birth control despite vehement objections from religious employers and leaders of the Catholic Church.
Radio talk show host Dan Caplis led the rally, while Denver Archdiocese chancellor J.D. Flynn, seminary professor Christian Brugger, state politicians and religious leaders spoke about attacks on religious liberty.
Brugger said increasingly there’s a mindset that religion is a subjective issue of emotions.
“You’re born into a generation in which this issue is not going to go away,” he said. “Get used to it. The mindset which says that this issue is not about objective truth but it’s about partisan religiosity is waxing, not waning.”
The religious freedom rally was coordinated by the Pro-Life Action League and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society.