On Novemebr 20, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., I and a dozen evangelical, Catholic, and Orthodox leaders faced the microphones to announce the release of an historic document-one of the most important documents produced by the American church, at least in my lifetime.
It is called the Manhattan Declaration, and signed by over 140 leaders representing every branch of American Christianity. The Manhattan Declaration is a wake-up call-a call to conscience-for the church. It is also crystal-clear message to civil authorities that we will not, under any circumstances, stand idly by as our religious freedom comes under assault.
The Declaration begins by reminding readers that for 2,000 years, Christians have borne witness to the truths of their faith. This witness has taken various forms-proclamation, seeking justice, resisting tyranny, and reaching out to the poor, oppressed, and suffering.
Having reminded readers about why and how Christians have spoken out in the past, the Declaration then turns to what especially troubles us today-the threats to the sanctity of human life, the institution of marriage, and religious freedom.
The Declaration notes with sadness that although “public sentiment has moved in a pro-life direction,” pro-abortion ideology “prevails today in our government.” Both in the administration and in Congress, there are many “who want to make abortions legal at any stage of fetal development, and…provide abortions at taxpayer expense.”
The Declaration isn’t a partisan statement. It acknowledges that since Roe v. Wade, “elected officials and appointees of both major political parties have been complicit in giving legal sanction to the ‘Culture of Death.’”
The result of this bipartisan complicity is an increasingly prevalent belief that “lives that are imperfect, immature, or inconvenient are discardable.” This lethal logic produces such evils as euthanasia and the “industrial mass production of human embryos to be killed” for their stem cells.
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