Citing the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call to civil disobedience, 145 evangelical, Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian leaders have signed a declaration saying they will not cooperate with laws that they say could be used to compel their institutions to participate in abortions, or to bless or in any way recognize same-sex couples.It's a pretty creepy document. You can read the whole thing at Good As You. (I won't give the haters' site any hits)
“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,” it says....
The manifesto, to be released on Friday at the National Press Club in Washington, is an effort to rejuvenate the political alliance of conservative Catholics and evangelicals that dominated the religious debate during the administration of President George W. Bush.......
The document says, “We will not comply with any edict that purports to compel our institutions to participate in abortions, embryo-destructive research, assisted suicide and euthanasia, or any other antilife act; nor will we bend to any rule purporting to force us to bless immoral sexual partnerships, treat them as marriages or the equivalent.”
One of the signatories is Abp Peter Akinola of Nigeria.
Thus providing yet another link in the chain between right-wing anti-gay extremists in the US and the African churches that has led to the Ugandan Gay Death Bill. I blogged on this and so has Fr Jake as well as many others.
The signatories of the Manhattan Declaration purport to represent Christianity. We know they represent conservative Christianists, Roman Catholics, and Mormons. It's PAST TIME for the forces of good to stand up to them and say NO MORE. It's PAST TIME for the leadership of liberal, progressive Christian denominations (Yes I am talking to you PB Jefferts Schori, yes I am talking to you ABP Williams) to SPEAK OUT against intolerance and divisiveness and hatred masquerading under God's name.
Because, truly, this is a matter of life and death.