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Reflections on the West Roxbury freedom rally

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On Saturday afternoon Oct. 19, there were two events that attracted large crowds in West Roxbury. At the Corrib Pub, Senators Scott Brown and John McCain took questions on tough topics like the Benghazi terror attack and the looming cuts to the military budget.

Simultaneously, a crowd of nearly 200 locals welcomed some other visitors. This group gathered around the Holy Name Rotary for a prayer vigil and rally for religious freedom and to defend the vulnerable at the end of life.

Father George Carlson, pastor of Holy Name Parish, opened the rally with a prayer invoking the Holy Spirit to enlighten our minds and fill our hearts to be happy warriors for justice.

Next to the podium came Christina Giordano, a Suffolk University law student. She said, "As a woman it saddens me greatly that the Obama administration is willing to risk the great charitable work done by Catholic and Evangelical colleges, grade schools, orphanages, and social service agencies through the imposition of the HHS Mandate. The First Amendment was put first so that no law could be enacted which would undermine religious liberty (prohibiting the free exercise thereof). By forcing Christian institutions and businesses to provide abortion inducing drugs, sterilizations, and contraceptives under the guise of 'healthcare,' these institutions are being forced to violate their values to uphold the right to life from conception to natural death."

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