The Manhattan Declaration

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The Manhattan Declaration is a Christian initiative, a statement of solidarity to speak with one voice on the most pressing moral issues of our day. In Manhattan, New York September 2009 a meeting of Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, and Evangelical religious leaders released an early draft of the statement. In summary,

We are Orthodox, Catholic, and Evangelical Christians who have united at this hour to reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good, and call upon our fellow citizens, believers and non-believers alike, to join us in defending them. These truths are: (1) the sanctity of life, (2) the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife, and (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. We will fully and ungrudgingly render to Caesar what is Caesar’s. But under no circumstances will we render to Caesar what is God's.

Christians across the nation are signing the new Manhattan Declaration in an effort to let our leaders and the culture know that the religious will not be silenced. The hope is that the Declaration grows into a major movement to defend, as never before, life, marriage, and religious liberties.

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