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Second annual Rally for Religious Liberty Saturday in Sulphur

Last Modified: Friday, June 21, 2013 6:06 PM

By Natalie Stewart / American Press

The Diocese of Lake Charles, the Sulphur Ministerial Alliance and the city of Sulphur are teaming up for the second annual Rally for Religious Liberty Saturday.

The rally is set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Heritage Square Pavilion, 1015 Ruth St. in Sulphur.

Dan Foreman, Our Lady of Prompt Succor pastoral assistant, said the purpose of the rally is to show the community that “everyone has the right, under the First Amendment to express their religious beliefs.”

“This is about freedom, we don’t want out religious freedom suppressed,” he said. “It’s our right to be able to express our religious beliefs and it’s being taken out of our schools and workplaces. We’re standing up for that right.

Foreman said last year about 1,000 people attended the event and this year they are expecting the number of attendees to be double that amount.

The event will feature live music from Barry Badon, the Houston River Baptist Church Choir and the Life Church Band. Food will be provided.

Foreman said local dignitaries including Sulphur Mayor Chris Duncan, Councilwoman Veronica Allison, Judge David Ritchie, Judge Charles Schrumpf, Judge Kent Savoie, State Rep. Mike Danahay, District Attorney John DeRosier, Iowa Mayor Carol Ponthieux, Sulphur City Attorney and City Prosecutor Jennifer Page, Bishop Glen John Provost, Pastor Ronnie Burke, Pastor Jerry Thompson and Mitchell Wyninger will be attending the event.

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