I participated in Chicago's Rally for Religious Freedom in March of this year. It rained like a son-of-a-gun, but more than 2,000 people jammed Federal Plaza in a very peaceful, dignified and good humored show of support for Religious Freedom.
My family spent decades pounding the sidewalks for workers rights. Early on we were all taught to never cross a picket line - we never did. If a store was struck by real labor, we purchased else-where. My father and his brothers and my cousins, picketed in support of the printers at the Chicago Tribune.
Likewise, we hit the kneelers in church to pray for aborted children. My uncle Larry Hickey, who was the Chief Engineer for Cook County Hospital, made national news (AP Chicago 1975 linked below). Uncle Bud was ordered to install crematory furnace for the disposal of unclaimed and unidentified bodies from the County Morgue, but primarily aborted fetuses. The crematory furnace was not fired for five years, because the Chief refused to dispose of human remains. This was in February of 1975.
I started teaching in Catholic schools in 1975. Roe v. Wade was giving the abortion industry its baby steps and the American media its universal assistance. Democrat politicians who happened to be Catholic were not yet fully bought by Planned Parenthood's dead-baby bucks. George Dunne, President of the Cook County Board, never fired Uncle Bud for the Chief's Civil Disobedience; in fact, Dunne made Larry Hickey the Chief Engineer of Cook County. That was then;this is now.
Now, Democrat politicians who happened to baptized as Catholics would see a Larry Hickey become an occupant of Cook County Jail, after firing, convicting, sentencing and stripping him of pension, of course.
There are no Democrat George Dunnes. In fact the last genuine Catholic Democrat that I can recall in recent years, resigned as State Representative - Kevin Joyce. Rep. Dan Lipinski might be. There are Dick Durbins, Dan Hynes, Pat Quinns, Mike Quigleys and Rich Daleys. They and Planned Parenthood, SEIU and other left-leaning PACs put Barack H. Obama in the White House
President Obama stripped St. Xavier University of its religious identity and immediately the school invited former Obama mouthpiece Robert Gibbs to be a guest speaker. Governor Pat Quinn revealed his complete submission to Illinois Personal PAC's Terry Cosgrove, over Francis Cardinal George all through the fall of 2011. Cosgrove orders and Quinn jumps.
In January 2011, President Obama's baptized Catholic HHS Secretary made official war on the American Catholic Church.
So, on Friday June 8th, I'll be in Federal Plaza with thousands of Catholics, Protestants and Jews voicing support for Religious Liberty. I hope that you will also enjoy the fresh air and great company.
Uncle Bud's ( Larry Hickey Chief Engineer Cook County Hospital) saga linked here: