Friday, November 20, 2009

United We Stand: The Manhattan Declaration

(Update II: You may download the Manhattan Declaration)
(Update: The Manhattan Declaration's website)

This, just over the AP wire:
Christian leaders issue 'call of conscience'

WASHINGTON — More than 150 Christian leaders, most of them conservative evangelicals and traditionalist Roman Catholics, issued a joint declaration Friday reaffirming their opposition to abortion and gay marriage and pledging to protect religious freedoms.

The 4,700-word document, called "The Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience," sounds familiar themes from political and social debates over the health care overhaul and gay marriage battles.

While acknowledging that "Christians and our institutions have too often scandalously failed to uphold the institution of marriage," the group rejects same-sex marriage. The declaration states that opening a legal door for gay marriage would do the same for "polyamorous partnerships, polygamous households, even adult brothers, sisters, or brothers and sisters living in incestuous relationships."

President Barack Obama's desire to reduce the need for abortion is "a commendable goal," but his proposals are likely to increase the number of elective abortions, the document contends.

"The present administration is led and staffed by those who want to make abortions legal at any stage of fetal development, and who want to provide abortions at taxpayer expense," it says.

Obama has said he wants to strike a balance on abortion coverage in the health care overhaul. The declaration also cites threats to health care workers' conscience clauses and anti-discrimination statutes it argues impinge on religious freedoms.

Signatories include 15 Roman Catholic bishops, including New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl; Focus on the Family founder James Dobson; National Association of Evangelicals president Leith Anderson; seminary leaders, professors and pastors.

Once the Manhattan Declaration is online, I will post a link to it.


Truth Unites... and Divides said...

Hi Francis,

You have previously termed Frank Turk as being "anti-Catholic." Hmmmmmm....

Here's his post on the Manhattan Declaration titled "I Respectfully Decline."

Truth Unites... and Divides said...

Dr. Beckwith,

Thanks for posting your article, "Wise as Serpents:
Christians, Politics, and Strategic Voting." Your example of Ms. Johnson, Mr. Adams, and Mr. Baker was interesting. And I also note that you wrote that article while you still a Protestant.

Anyways, there looks to me to be some anti-Catholic sentiment on Frank Turk's thread. And as a Protestant under Trent's anathemas, I still nonetheless wince when I read sentiments like Mary Elizabeth Tyler's comments in #67:

"Rome’s hope is to rise from the ashes from the very sins that seem to be inextricably intrinsic to a dead, lifeless faith. It is no surprise to anyone here as to the bad fruit that this false religion has been producing over centuries, pedophilia, homosexuality, and lesbianism. ...

If Rome’s stamp is on this document, I respectfully decline, as well.

Also, as you know Phil Johnson is a co-blogger with Frank Turk over at their Pyromaniacs blog. In comment #9, he merely writes "Word" in affirmation to what Frank Turk wrote.

To be fair and to let you know what you're up against, Phil Johnson wrote to me on this comment thread that:

"As a matter of fact, Rome's denial of the gospel, together with her catalogue of extrabiblical superstitions and manmade doctrines that keep untold millions from trusting Christ alone, strike me as far grosser evils than abortion. That's not to minimize the evil of abortion; but hopefully it puts the wickedness of damning false religion in perspective."

To make a slight twist on an old phrase... "With Protestant Brethren like this, who needs enemies like the Roman Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox?"