Wichita, KS — A crowd of about 500 packed the sidewalk in front of the Federal Court Building in Wichita, Kansas, praying, singing patriotic songs, and protesting the HHS Mandate. The event was part of a nationwide “Rally for Religious Freedom” held in cities all across America.
Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue and Pro-life Nation, addressed the throng concerning the HHS Mandate that would force religious institutions to violate their consciences by providing health insurance to employees that included birth control and abortion-causing drugs. Newman asked the crowd to send a message that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius could hear from Washington about whether we would comply with her immoral mandate. The crowd responded with a resounding “NO.”
Christians view the HHS mandate as an attack on religious freedom and a forced violation of religious beliefs held dear by believers.
“We were surprised at the size and enthusiasm of the crowd in Wichita, but this shows that there is strong grassroots opposition to Obamacare and efforts by his administration to curtail religious freedom, even in Sebelius’ home state of Kansas,” said Newman. “We are letting the Obama administration know in very certain terms that this is a matter of religious conviction. We will not allow the government to force us to violate our consciences and we will not comply with this immoral governmental mandate.”