Despite being virtual, “Rose Day” hopes to make a difference

‘Rose Day,” a series of activities aimed at promoting and supporting anti-abortion legislation in Oklahoma, will be virtual this year.

Brian Hobbs, Rose Day committee chairman, said the 2021 rally will be a video livestreamed program at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday but instead of taking place at the state Capitol, Oklahomans are being encouraged to participate online.

“For nearly 30 years, Rose Day has brought many people of faith and pro-life citizens together annually to address the tragedy of legalized abortion in Oklahoma and across this land,” Hobbs said.

“While this gathering will not be able to happen in person in 2021, we believe the virtual and online event will be used by the Lord to make a huge difference in protecting unborn children.”

Here are several reasons why Rose Day matters in Oklahoma.

• Rose Day is a faith-based initiative, galvanizing hundreds of Oklahomans of faith each year to flock to the state Capitol to urge their legislators to support anti-abortion legislation. The event is open to the public regardless of faith tradition, but the anti-abortion program is by and large a Christian event.

• Notably, most participants are from churches associated with Oklahoma Baptists, the Southern Baptist Convention state affiliate. Oklahoma Baptists, also known as the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, is the largest faith group in Oklahoma. Another large group of participants come from the Catholic faith community. Each year, Rose Day visitors take roses to the state Capitol to present to their elected leaders as symbols of the sanctity of the unborn. This year, people will have an opportunity to send virtual roses to their legislators.

• Hobbs said the “Rose Day Pro-Life Rally” which typically takes place after the distribution of roses, is the “largest annual pro-life event in Oklahoma.”

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