Catholics, Protestants rally in Oklahoma City for religious freedom.

A religious gathering punctuated by fiery speeches and standing ovations brought Catholics and Protestants together Saturday, united against a common enemy.

Rally for Religious Freedom speakers, including a Roman Catholic archbishop, a Pentecostal leader and a Southern Baptist pastor, said threats to religious liberty should trouble all people of faith.

The rally at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City was hosted by a group of Catholic laity called St. Peter’s Fellowship, and it drew about 3,200 people. Organizers said it was held in conjunction with the “Fortnight For Freedom,” a faith initiative born out of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ outrage over a U.S. Health and Human Services mandate that effectively requires faith-affiliated organizations to pay for contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs.

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