Religious Rights Rally to Be Held on July 4

June 27, 2006

Source: U.S. Newswire

On June 27, 2006 U.S. Newswire reported, "A religious rights rally will be held at Farragut Square Park in Washington, D.C. between noon and 4 p.m. on America's birthday, the Fourth of July. The rally is in support of universal religious tolerance and free exercise for all religions, as guaranteed in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. Speakers include: Rev. Barry Lynn, spokesperson of Americans United for Separation of Church and State; Jared Leland, Esq., spokesperson for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty; Phyllis Curott, Esq., author and priestess; Rev. Selena Fox, senior minister of Circle Sanctuary; Caroline Casey, radio host and author; H. Byron Ballard, United Religions Initiative; Roberta Stewart, widow of Sgt. Patrick Stewart. The special guest is Roberta Stewart, widow of Sgt. Patrick Stewart, who was shot down in Afghanistan in 2005. Sgt. Stewart was Wiccan. Currently, the Veterans Administration has approved 38 symbols of faith that may appear on veterans' memorial plaques, but the Wiccan pentacle is not among them. Roberta Stewart is coming to Washington for the first time to speak out about this violation of her husband's Constitutional rights."