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Saturday, June 30, 2012
John Hanna. Associated Press: "Kansas Catholic Bishops Sponsor Statehouse Rally" @ San Francisco Chronicle
The AP wire service reported this around the world. Read what others are about Kansas and our Dear Leader Gov. "Gawd Knows Best" Sam Brownback.
The event at the Kansas Statehouse was notable for its size, drawing people from across the state. The Kansas Catholic Conference put the crowd outdoors at about 4,000, but other estimates were higher.
Even well-organized political rallies at the Statehouse typically draw only in the hundreds, though anti-abortion groups have mustered larger crowds. Brownback described it as the biggest Statehouse rally he's seen, and participants endured a 100-degree afternoon.
"It's better to be hot here than hot in the hereafter, so it's OK to do some penance," said the Rev. Justin Nolan, of Kansas City, Kan., a member of the traditional Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.
The event included readings from the Bible, the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment and the Declaration of Independence, then closed with the crowd singing, "Faith of Our Fathers."
Barbara Rew, of Olathe, said she attended because she wants to protect the rights of her 10 children, 20 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She said she opposes contraception because it promotes "a mentality that children are not blessings," leading to widespread abortion.
Read more at the San Francisco Chronicle.