Rally for Religion

by Kim Tewalt on October 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm

President Obama’s Health and Human Services mandate has created an uproar among many religious organizations.

Under the HHS mandate, employers are required to provide health plans that include free contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs.

Sunday, at the Muskingum County Courthouse, a rally was held for those who object the mandate.

"There are a number of religions that don’t support that, and feel that it’s against life, and the life God gives." said Media Coordinator Nancy Nicholson. "To force these agencies , these organizations, that are religious based, to provide this type of coverage, does not allow them the free exercise of their religion."

Nicholson says the mandate will impact those facilities that may not be able to afford the fine imposed for not providing HHS mandated services.

"What happen is, if these institutions don’t provide this, they will be fined $100 a day, per employee." explained Nicholson. "Churches that provide soup kitchens, hospitals, schools , housing, adoption services, foster services, aid to the poor, to the senior citizens, the people who can least afford to have these services taken away, will be affected by this."

Approximately 450 people attended the rally.