TRENTON, N.J. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Two radical New Jersey bills up for vote have triggered protests and inspired a group of concerned Catholic parents to organize a Rosary rally in reparation for and deliverance from evil.
One bill (S3804/A5508) would force religious employers to provide health insurance for medications, devices and procedures violating their beliefs and the other bill (S2173) would eliminate religious exemptions for vaccinations.
The first (S3804/A5508) will be voted on Thursday and the second (S2173) on Thursday or Monday.
A group of concerned Catholic parents in New Jersey are inviting people to their Rosary rally, which will meet Jan. 9 at 10:30 a.m. in front of the "Lady Victory" statue in the World War II Memorial at Veterans Park across from the Capitol in Trenton, New Jersey.
Organizers have sent the following email to various lists:
Please join us for a Rosary rally and prayer march in defense of religious freedom in Trenton, N.J. this Thursday, Jan. 9 at 10:30 a.m. New Jersey is poised to pass the most sweeping law ever on vaccines that eliminate all religious exemptions and significantly limits parental rights. This is not about vaccines, though, it is about defending our right to live out our faith and make medical decisions for our children. The new bill will apply to all schools, groups and organizations, even those that meet in private homes.
This is a serious impingement on our personal freedom! We must stand and be counted. However, this rally is not one for signs and slogans. It is a prayer meeting to pray for the future of our state and our nation. It will be to pray for reparations and deliverance from evil.
Please meet at the Lady of Victory WWII statue across from the Capitol building. Bring your Rosaries, images of Our Lady, Crucifixes and other religious articles. We march in Jesus' Name. Like Joshua we will carry the Lord with us and pray that the enemy falls. This rally is open to everyone, please help spread the word. No matter your stand on vaccines, prayer for our future is something we can all come together and support.
Thank you and God bless!
Noting that what happens in one state can easily spread to other states and even the nation, the rally organizers are inviting Catholics nationwide to participate in spirit if possible.
Others have been protesting near the State House in Trenton in opposition to these bills, especially the vaccine measure.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has taken flak from the Kennedy clan for opposing vaccines, spoke at a Trenton protest on Monday.
"We have the most aggressive vaccine schedule of any country in the world, and has it given us the healthiest children? No! It has given us the sickest children," Kennedy said.
In addition to opposing vaccines for health reasons, Catholics oppose vaccine lines containing aborted fetal material, of which there are at least 20.
In an address to the Vaccine Injury Epidemic conference in November in Washington, D.C., Fr. Michael Copenhagen spoke on the morality of using vaccines with aborted fetal remains.
He warned that a Catholic in good conscience cannot participate in the creation, promulgation or mass-marketing of vaccines made from human fetal cell lines.
Fr. Copenhagen noted that the use of such vaccines, when necessary, must be a last resort, and their use can only be temporary, not indefinite.
He added that Catholics must oppose the general use of these vaccines and work for the creation of moral alternatives.
"There remains a moral duty to continue to fight and to employ every lawful means in order to make life difficult for the pharmaceutical industries which act unscrupulously and unethically," said Fr. Copenhagen.