Panties and Popery at Religious Freedom Rally in Santa Ana

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Keep your religion out of my panties!
Hundreds of Roman Catholics and their leaders gathered Friday in downtown Santa Ana to rally against what they say is the erosion of religious liberty in the United States

The Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally took aim at the usual suspects, including President Barack Obama and Planned Parenthood, in a demonstration of piety-laced patriotism that sought to unite the religious masses against a plank in the Affordable Care Act, which the president
signed in 2010, that requires employers to provide insurance coverage for reproductive 
care, such as contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.   


The fallout over the mandate sent the Obama Administration scrambling earlier this year. 

After Roman Catholics blasted the policy as an attack on the First Amendment, Obama waved an olive branch by offering an exemption for religious employers, such as Catholic hospitals. Instead, insurance companies would be required to offer the coverage directly to employees. 

The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing the law's constitutionality. 

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At the Santa Ana rally, which was one of many held across the country, Jesse Romero, a radio evangelist, stoked the anti-Obama sentiment by saying the president is on the wrong side of  religious liberty, homosexual marriage and abortion. He compared Obama to Pharaoh, and quoted Old Testament passages in condemning his policies. 

"Our president calls himself a Christian," Romero said. "And yet we can see he's wrong on all these (counts)." 

Protesters flew American flags and held signs referencing God or the Bible. Among them was Jose Maria Alcasde, a 55-year-old Orange resident whose banner read "God's law comes first. Repeal socialist Obamacare!" 

When asked what Jesus would do about healthcare for the poor in the United States, Alcasde declined to comment, and instead focused on the church's stance against the mandate.

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"This law is trying to force Catholics to accept something that is against their conscience," he said. 

Roman Catholic protesters weren't the only ones in attendance at the rally, which featured loud calls for First Amendment protection. 

Bruce Gleason and the Backyard Skeptics, that swashbuckling band of unbelievers that pepper Orange County billboards with anti-God propaganda, proudly demonstrated against what they say is religion's incursion into the rights of those Americans who do just fine without a deity.

"They actually got it wrong," Gleason said. "They should say 'stand up for religious restrictions.'" 

Gleason and the gang say religious institutions are unholy hypocrites who take tax exemptions from the state while giving the finger to the government when they disagree with public policy. 

Speaking of fingers, Gleason said he got flipped off, but another person, leaving jail, gave him a thumbs-up. 

Jennifer Ramirez, a 31-year-old from Corona, said some folks offered to intercede on her behalf. 

"They say 'we'll pray for you,' and we say 'we'll think for you," Ramirez said.

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Gleason snaps photos of cops
Gleason attempted to leave his patch of grass and join the religious rally at 700 W. Civic Center Dr., but was promptly removed by a Santa Ana Police Department officer. Permits and shit, apparently. 

Michaelene Kubeck, a 77-year-old Stanton resident, held a sign that said "Defend religious freedom/conscience." 

She didn't care much for Gleason's antics. 

"I stay out of that," she said. "All I can say is God help them."

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8 comments
anon
anon

LMAO ..."god".

anon
anon

Sigh ... is there even one original thought rolling around in that empty skull of yours? One would think a "god" could come up with something kinda snappy. Maybe instead of mimicking me, you should stick with the tried and true;   I am rubber , you are glue ... or  sticks and stones ...etc.

anon
anon

Can't you even come up with original insults, you pathetic dumb-ass? Oh well, imitation IS the sincerest form of flattery.

anon
anon

Well someone's got his panties-in-a-bunch, chill out  ... "god".  Actually never mind, your attempts at superiority are quite entertaining.

Katedawg87
Katedawg87

It really is time for churches to start paying their fair share of taxes.

anon
anon

 "The fact you don't know shows what an ignoramus you are anon." What does that mean? It doesn't make sense.Just stringing together a lot of big words doesn't make your argument valid. Those big words have meaning and they need to be used properly.I can see that calling you out on the gibberish you write has triggered a temper tantrum. My advice; grow up.

Kaonashi
Kaonashi

To require insurance requires defining what this means, and one exemption for this or that reason opens the floodgates. What I don't understand about the Christian argument against requiring that they provide insurance for procedures they disagree with is that, if their insured members had the same qualms, wouldn't they forgo those same procedures?   "Religious" opposition to Obamacare is simply knee-jerk anti-Obamaism, for whatever reason.

anon
anon

"As I stated: "Attempting to force them to stop servicing the medical needs of the poor and elderly on Medicaid and Medicare if they don't violate their religious beliefs now (it's important to note that it hasn't been a problem for over 200 years) violates the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.""What exactly does that load of crap mean? You aren't even coherent ASSHOLE."Attempting to force them to stop servicing the medical needs of the poor and elderly"The Catholic Church is free to "service" the poor and the elderly, it's called CHARITY!. 

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