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The Manhattan Declaration

Posted by princessxxx on November 26, 2009

The Manhattan Declaration

A Call of Christian Conscience

Christians, when they have lived up to the highest ideals of their faith, have defended the weak and vulnerable and worked tirelessly to protect and strengthen vital institutions of civil society, beginning with the family.

We are Orthodox, Catholic, and evangelical Christians who have united at this hour to reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good, and to call upon our fellow citizens, believers and non-believers alike, to join us in defending them. These truths are:

  1. the sanctity of human life
  2. the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife
  3. the rights of conscience and religious liberty.

Inasmuch as these truths are foundational to human dignity and the well-being of society, they are inviolable and non-negotiable. Because they are increasingly under assault from powerful forces in our culture, we are compelled today to speak out forcefully in their defense, and to commit ourselves to honoring them fully no matter what pressures are brought upon us and our institutions to abandon or compromise them. We make this commitment not as partisans of any political group but as followers of Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen Lord, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. 



7 Responses to “The Manhattan Declaration”

  1. dorian said

    oh, just say it like it is! they know and we know this is what they’re really saying:

    1) make abortion illegal
    2)make same-sex marriage illegal and ban homosexuality altogether
    3)make everyone christian

    the point is america was founded as a secular nation and it should remain a secular nation. freedom of religion does not mean turning this nation into a theocracy. oh lead us not back into the inquisition and deliver us from persecution, amen. because the puritan rebels who came to this country to escape religious persecution are back in spirit and are forgetting why they fled england. they are wanting to hunt and burn witches again!
    we need thomas jefferson back.


  2. 1minionsopinion said

    Quoting someone else’s ethical take on this:

    In this declaration, the authors state that Christian doctrine requires that they obey the law and to engage in civil disobedience when the law is unjust. However, this is a Christian doctrine. To impose this doctrine on others would, it seems, be a violation of the prohibition on “worshiping God according to the dictates of conscience.” So, even though a Christian who would sign this declaration may not be an advocate of the use of this type of violence, the declaration gives moral sanction and permission to those who would.

    Should a person whose conscience permits such violence be prohibited from worshipping God according to those dictates? If the answer is “sometimes yes”, then the prohibition can clearly sometimes be violated.

    Part of part one of http://atheistethicist.blogspot.com/2009/11/manhattan-declaration-part-i-religious.html


  3. princessxxx said

    oh, you should go to their website and read their manifesto.
    apparently christians are the only ones that ended slavery.
    and christians are the only ones helping starving children in africa
    and the sex trade workers and unwanted children.
    christians are responsible for the civil rights movement.

    yep, just the christians.

    oh and i love this one, they are bringing compassionate care to AIDS sufferers, in africa. i wonder why not in the US?


  4. kay~ms said

    Yes, Christians would like to make abortion illegal. We desire to protect the rights of the unborn.

    Yes, Christians who sign this document, want to protect the sanctity of marriage. Because it is “foundational to the well being of society”.

    No, Christians who sign this document are not trying to “ban” homosexuality… you’re confused here. Christians understand that God gave us free will. If God wanted us to be made to obey Him then that is what He would have done.. make us obey Him. True Christians understand this.

    And No, Christians don’t want to force everyone to be Christians thru a theocracy. What exactly are you referring to here? I explained the case for abortion.. protecting the rights of the unborn, doing that doesn’t force others to become Christian. I explained the reason for those who are against gay marriage… they want to protect the sanctity of marriage and family… that doesn’t mean they are trying to prevent gay couples from uniting and trying to force them to become Christians.

    Sure, Christians want others to follow Christ but not by force… you are paranoid here Dorian…and as usual yet more delusional views of Christians by liberals.

    And P, no one stated that Christians were the only ones who ended slavery or helped starving children… again, more distortions based on biased views. Why does everyone want so badly to make Christians out to be bad people? I don’t get it. What exactly are the problems you all are having with New Testament scripture that defines Christianity? If your points are that Christians have faults… no kidding! Guess what?.. liberals do to! Yeah.. really. Liberals are hypocritical and biased and ignorant too. Like I’ve stated before… these faults aren’t exclusive to Christians. All humans have these traits. But, I’ll bet that you’ll find a higher percentage of Christians who are not as quilty of these things as non Christians (liberals).

    And it seems to me that it’s a liberal theocracy that we have in place now… doctors are going to be forced to perform abortions??? Or go to jail?? The government will put you in jail for what you say or think?? And you’re worried about a Christian theocracy??


  5. princessxxx said

    kay, i read the whole 4000 plus words of the Manhattan Manifesto, did you? NO.

    yes, it does say that it was christians that ended slavery and help starving children.
    doesn’t say one word about none christians that do that.

    the funny thing is, the christians think they run the show.


  6. princessxxx said

    this free will god gave us,
    why do christians fight so hard when others choose to exercise that free will?

    they should concern themselves with their own “faults”.

    a christian theocracy would be the worse.


  7. princessxxx said

    here is what bill keller thinks of the manhattan declaration…
    a publicity stunt.



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