AP Religion Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - Roman Catholic groups are starting a two-week campaign of prayer vigils, rallies and other events to draw attention to religious freedom.
The bishops organized the education effort to fight what they consider government attacks on religious liberty. The immediate target of their fight is the mandate that President Barack Obama announced in January requiring most employers to provide health insurance that covers birth control.
Called "Fortnight for Freedom," the campaign starts Thursday and runs through July Fourth. Independent advocacy groups such as CatholicVote.org and Women Speak For Themselves, are joining in with TV ads, videos, Facebook appeals and petition drives.
Critics are accusing the bishops of organizing the campaign as a partisan assault on Obama. But church leaders say their only goal is to protect religious freedom.
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