Skip to comments.Religious leaders vow civil disobedience
Posted on 11/21/2009 5:12:09 AM PST by markomalley
More than 150 leaders across a spectrum of conservative Christianity on Friday released a 4,700-word document vowing civil disobedience if they are forced to take part in "anti-life acts" or bless gay marriages.
Called the "Manhattan Declaration," the six-page, single-spaced document was drafted by Prison Fellowship founder Charles Colson, an evangelical, and Princeton University professor Robert P. George, a Roman Catholic, and included a bevy of Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox bishops, archbishops and cardinals as signatories along with dozens of clergy and laity.
Archbishop of Washington Donald W. Wuerl is one of the signatories.
"Throughout the centuries, Christianity has taught that civil disobedience is not only permitted, but sometimes required," says the document which cited civil rights icon Martin Luther King and his willingness to go to jail for his beliefs.
"Because we honor justice and the common good," it states, "we will not comply with any edict that purports to compel our institutions to participate in abortions, embryo-destructive research, assisted suicide or euthanasia or any other anti-life act; nor will we bend to any rule purporting to force us to bless immoral sexual partnerships, treat them as marriages or the equivalent, or refrain from proclaiming the truth, as we know it, about morality and immorality and marriage and the family."
When pressed to say what sorts of civil disobedience the writers were proposing, its originators were vague on the details at Friday's news conference during which the document was released.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
The call for civil disobedience will extend beyond the abortion and gay marriage issues if socialists in the three branches of government continue to shove this unconstitutional bill and other unconstitutional bills down the throats of the American people.
I believe you are quite correct.
This is an excellent statement!
There are plenty of CPAs that I know that will use their talents to minimize the taxes paid by their clients.
I want to scream, "Why Wait?" The leftists in governemnt are hardly going to listen after the passage of the monstrosity called Obamacare. The "war" is at hand, not after the law is enacted. Strike Now.
I feel compelled to point out a couple of things to my fellow FReepers:
The primary PR firm handling the propagation of this “manifesto” is owned and operated by very wealthy Mitt Romney supporter Mark DeMoss. A number of the original signatories have taken very large sums of money from Romney and his cronies, and either actively covered politically (lied) for Romney or hushed up publicly about Romney’s true record and attempts to deceive Christian conservatives.
If you sign this, you’re on Romney’s list.
Personally, I’ll pass.
Why do they need 4,700 words to say this?
I am for that but wonder how to do it if this bill passes. In what manner would it be possible to disobey this insane legislation.
Unfortunately, they are absolutely right.
Our Pastor believes he will not be able to preach a sermon where the text comes from the book of Romans in the next 5 years without going to Jail.
He says “Looks like I’m goin to jail then”.
I tend to agree with him that the book of Romans will be outlawed before long.
Wonder if he goes, if any protesting islamic muslims will go as well?
The time for the 6th Crusade is NOW!
Our grievances today against the Marxist government in Washington are at least as great as those of the American Colonists against the Tyranny of England.
..you NEED to give facts & proof..
....rather than innuendo & disparaging doubts.
Obama is capable of what these men fear?
“Why do they need 4,700 words to say this?”
Why did the Declaration of Independence need 1337 words to say FUKG
I want to scream, "Why Wait?" The leftists in governemnt are hardly going to listen after the passage of the monstrosity called Obamacare. The "war" is at hand, not after the law is enacted."
I know. We have waited far too long to stand strong against abortion and all the other leftist garbage that now permeates America. This is a wonderful statement from the various bishops, but it seems too little too late. Pity, because the majority of Americans have been waiting for just such courageous leadership for a long time.
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