Religious conservatives ponder resistance to abortion, gay marriage

The Manhattan Declaration
Facing what they consider “threats” from American culture, prominent Cath olic, evangelical and Orthodox leaders are vowing unspecified civil disobedience against abortion, same-sex marriage and limits on religious liberty.

“We are Christians who have joined together across historic lines of ecclesial differences to affirm our right—and more importantly, to embrace our obligation—to speak and act in defense of these truths,” reads the seven-page “Manhattan Declaration.”

“We pledge to each other, and to our fellow believers, that no power on earth, be it cultural or political, will intimidate us into silence or acquiescence.”

More than a dozen Christian leaders—including Catholic bishops, officials of evangelical organizations and an Orthodox priest—endorsed the document November 20 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Organizers claimed a week later that more than 150,000 persons had signed the declaration posted online.


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