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:
- the sanctity of human life
- the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife
- 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.
These words appear on the Home Page of the Manahattan Declaration. This declaration was made public on November 20, 2009. At this moment (0849 on 24 November 2009) there are 76,430 signatures. I was signature 75,987. In the time it took me to read the declaration over 500 persons had added their signatures.
I encourage you to do as I did. Read the declaration. Pray over it and seek God's guidance. Read it again. If God so leads you, sign it, and share it with your congregation.
- Manhattan Declaration Home
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- Sign the Manhattan Declaration
Yours in Christ,