Archbishop's challenge: Let's get 8,000 at Rally for Religious Liberty

Will you be one of the 8,000?

That's the challenge that Archbishop Robert J. Carlson is issuing for the Rally for Religious Liberty, Tuesday, March 27, at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City.

The archbishop has set a goal of getting 8,000 people to participate in the rally, which is being held to speak out against the federal mandate that forces religious employers and others to pay for abortion-inducing drugs, contraception and sterilizations. Participants are asked to wear red.

The rally is being promoted by the Missouri Catholic Conference, Missouri Right to Life, the Missouri Baptist Convention, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and Concerned Women for America.

Joining Archbishop Carlson at the rally will be John L. Yeats, executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention, and Maggie Karner of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m., with the opportunity to visit with legislators. The rally will begin at noon. Participants are asked to bring their own brown-bag lunch. The archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate is signing up people for bus rides to the capitol. Deadline is Tuesday, March 20. For information call (314) 792-7555 or visit

For up-to-date information on the rally, visit

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