First they came for the Catholics, and I did not speak up because I was not a Catholic...
The W.C. Varones Blog stands squarely with American Catholics as they defend their religious liberty from unprecedented assault by the Obama regime.
Thanks to KT Cat for notifying me of this event at the historic Mission San Diego de Alcala -- California's first church.
It was the kickoff to a "Fortnight for Freedom." Catholics will spend the next two weeks through July 4 working, praying, and spreading the word about the gross imposition of ObamaCare mandates against their religious beliefs.
The mission sanctuary was packed -- standing room only all the way to the back and spilling out into the parking lot.
The guy giving the opening welcome remarks led off with a passage from the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It only got more righteously indignant from there. From the Prayer for Freedom and Protection from Evil:
In that freedom, Lord, we your people live our livesStrong words, but undeniably true.
In a way that advances your Kingdom of Life,
And we refuse to cooperate in what is evil.
At this moment, therefore, when our government has decided
To force us to cooperate in evil,
We pray for the grace to be faithful to you
And to oppose the unjust laws and mandates
That have been imposed upon us and our institutions.
The pastor from the evangelical Skyline mega-church, Jim Garlow, followed the opening remarks, and spoke of solidarity and devotion to truth and right in the face of coercion and wrong, including the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer who was executed by the Nazis for resisting evil. Garlow is quite a speaker.
I can't possibly do justice to what was said or how the audience enthusiastically responded to every reference to liberty and resisting tyranny. I hope someone got it on video so you can watch for yourself.
We closed by singing America the Beautiful followed by God Bless America.
Find out more about Fortnight for Freedom nationally here and locally in San Diego here.
We are all Catholics tonight.