Justin Vacula -- co-organizer, spokeserson, board member, and podcast host of the NEPA Freethought Society -- recently protested a rally in Scranton, dubbed "Stand Up for Religious Freedom," which was a religious-based rally opposing President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Vacula -- the sole protestor of the rally -- held a sign reading "Put women's rights over bishop's wrongs" which also contained the NEPA Freethought Society's website address standing amongst approximately two hundred ralliers holding signs which said "God's law comes first. Repeal socialist Obamacare!," "The pill kills," "The pull causes cancer," etc. Go Lackawanna reporter Rich Howells interviewed Vacula and featured his comments in an article, available online and in print, that was published today.
From the article:
Justin Vacula, an atheist and co-organizer of the NEPA Freethought Society, was the lone counter-protester at the rally, holding his own sign that read “Put women’s rights over bishops’ wrongs.”
“I want to see that religion doesn’t trump law. People want their religious beliefs to inform what the government has to do…The Constitution is explicitly godless. It’s a secular document. The government is anything but founded on religion. A lot of the founding fathers were deistic,” Vacula said.
“They weren’t Christians, and they realized by leaving God out of the Constitution that we could have a secular government for everyone. These people are talking about religious freedom, but if they’re really for religious freedom, it wouldn’t be about their Christian beliefs…Healthcare is about patients, not the people who are providing it.”
Vacula hopes to organize NEPA Freethought Society members to protest future religious-based events like this in a peaceful, non-violent, and civil fashion.