Religious Freedom and the “Slippery Slope”
ARE WE TOO BUSY, or too disinterested, to be bothered by incremental losses of freedom? If our lives are not directly affected by such losses, one might be tempted to think, Why bother getting involved in political issues? Yet to fail to do so to some extent is to neglect what the Founders prescribed — that the American people themselves must be the guardians of the Republic. Borrowing from Ben Franklin: The Republic is ours to keep, or to lose.
Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally – Winston-Salem, NC
At noon on Friday, March 23, 2012, across the country, thousands of citizens came together at Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies in nearly 200 cities, according to LifeNews.com. Several hundred citizens met in Winston-Salem, NC to rally for the cause of religious freedom and the right of conscience.
The rally program included various members of the community speaking on current issues that are threatening religious liberty. Program participants included:
- Pattie Curran — Rally Organizer (and quite the passionate patriot!)
- Father John Eckert — Our Lady of Grace, Greensboro
- Lori Clark — Worship Vocalist; Substitute Teacher
- Debra Conrad — Forsyth County Board of Commissioners; Candidate for N.C. House 74 (Republican)
- Mark Baker — Principal, Salem Baptist High School; Tobaccoville Village Councilman; Candidate for Forsyth County Board of Commissioners (District B, Republican)
- Pastor James Knott — The Journey Church of the Triad
- Stu Epperson, Jr. — President, Truth Broadcasting Corporation
- Buddy Timm — Former Missionary Pilot/Mechanic
- Pastor Michael Carbone — Crossbound Community Church, Clemmons
Many thanks to the organizers, sponsors and speakers who helped make Winston-Salem’s rally possible.
Who Goes to a Religious Freedom Rally?
My goal in documenting this rally was to faithfully portray the people who attended it, showing that it is decent, upstanding people – not radical extremists – who value religious liberty. I wanted to go beyond the typical veteran-saluting-the-flag shot (not that there’s anything wrong with that), as well as the shot of the rare “extreme” protest sign that’s typically misused by detractors to stereotype and stigmatize an entire group or cause.
I believe I met my goal, and I hope you enjoy the selection of photos on this page, as well as the entire collection of edited photos in a separate photo gallery. You’ll notice that none of the rally speakers is shown on this page. However, their photos, and the photos of other rally attendees, can be viewed in the photo gallery.
NOTE: The link to the PHOTO GALLERY is provided at the bottom of this page.
Why is Religious Freedom Important for a Free Society?
The erosion of religious liberty and free speech is one of the first signs that a government is turning away from being a society that protects freedom to a society that represses freedom. The freedoms protected in the First Amendment are paramount to us all, whether or not one is religious.
If perchance you’re one who doesn’t believe the Obama administration is indeed encroaching upon religious liberty, I invite you to read a fully footnoted article on WallBuilders.com, titled “America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U.S. President.” The article lists, in chronological order, scores of steps that the Obama administration has taken since the beginning of Obama’s term in January 2009. Links to the original sources are provided for each point. It’s a stunning record of egregious actions taken by the Obama administration against religious liberty.
There’s plenty of work to be done between now and November 6, and there’s a role that everyone can play. Find a place where you can contribute your talents, skills — and maybe even some of your hard-earned money — toward defeating Barack Obama. There — I said it!
Even if you at this very moment really like Barack Obama, I ask you to consider how little regard he has exhibited thus far for the Constitution and for the rule of law. But maybe you’re not even aware that that’s true. If that’s the case, you better do some homework. You can find the truth on the Internet, if you want to see it.
At the very least, I hope you will realize that a second term for Barack Obama will mean that, apart from divine intervention, the America you grew up in — with its boundless opportunities and the freedom to pursue your happiness — will cease to exist. If that’s what you want, you have every right to vote for Barack Obama. But if that is not what you want, you’d better get busy doing whatever you legally can do to help deny Barack Obama a second term as President of the United States of America.
Visit the Photo Gallery
To view more scenes from the Winston-Salem rally, CLICK to visit the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally photo gallery.
If you happened to have missed the rally — or even if you were there — you might want to check out the numerous YouTube videos of many of the rally’s speakers and the song segments, as well as interviews with a number of the rally attendees. CLICK to watch Winston-Salem’s Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally videos.