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Religious Leaders Call for Civil Disobedience if Laws Donít Respect Faith
NewsMax ^ | Nov 21, 2009

Posted on 11/22/2009 3:08:18 PM PST by Jim Robinson

A formidable coalition of 150 Catholic, Orthodox and evangelical leaders are calling on Christians in a new manifesto to reject secular authority – and even engage in civil disobedience – if laws force them to accept abortion, same-sex marriage and other ideas that betray their religious beliefs.

On Friday, these leaders released a 4,700-word document – called the "The Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience."

The document was signed by leaders ranging from evangelical leader Chuck Colson to two of the leading Catholic prelates in the U.S., Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. and Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, and calls on Christians to engage in civil disobedience to defend their doctrines.

The document also blasts the Obama administration, saying that social ills have grown since the election of President Obama, an abortion rights advocate, along with an erosion of what it calls "marriage culture" with the rise of divorce, greater acceptance of infidelity and the uncoupling of marriage from childbearing.

Colson says the project is aimed at instilling social conservative beliefs in a new generation of believers.

"We argue that there is a hierarchy of issues," he told The New York Times. "A lot of younger evangelicals say they're all alike. We're hoping to educate them that these are the three most important issues" – abortion marriage and religious liberty.

"We are Orthodox, Catholic, and evangelical Christians who have united at this hour to reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good, and to call upon our fellow citizens, believers and non-believers alike, to join us in defending them," says the declaration, which was drafted by Colson, an evangelical, and Princeton University professor Robert P. George, a Roman Catholic.

The declaration lists the "fundamental truths" as the "sanctity of human life, the dignity of marriage...

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1 posted on 11/22/2009 3:08:19 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

Count me in.


2 posted on 11/22/2009 3:09:50 PM PST by 43north (BHO: 50% white, 50% black, 100% red)
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To: Jim Robinson

I’m already in.
Spread the word.


3 posted on 11/22/2009 3:10:04 PM PST by humantech ("No one wants to live to see such evil times. Its what you do with the time you are given")
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To: Jim Robinson

Related kind of

Bishop bars Patrick Kennedy from Communion over abortion

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/11/22/kennedy.abortion/index.html


4 posted on 11/22/2009 3:11:38 PM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: Jim Robinson

I am too

All it takes is one of me to shut down a three state region.


5 posted on 11/22/2009 3:12:12 PM PST by dila813
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To: Jim Robinson
The Barmen Declaration

See just how much good it did for the Germans.

6 posted on 11/22/2009 3:12:23 PM PST by Publius (Do you want the people who run Amtrak to take out your appendix?)
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To: Jim Robinson

Its about time.


7 posted on 11/22/2009 3:12:45 PM PST by svcw (The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves. GW)
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To: Jim Robinson

Interesting. I wonder if these are the same religious leaders pushing ‘compassionate amnesty’.


8 posted on 11/22/2009 3:13:37 PM PST by Kimberly GG ((Come On Sarah - NO PATH TO CITIZENSHIP & ATTRITION THROUGH ENFORCEMENT))
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To: Jim Robinson

Hey, hey, HEY!

Only White House associates can bomb the Pentagon, attain virtually worthless doctorate degrees (or in some cases just drop out) , and advise the Kenyan Klod.

You religious types even think of saying a word about disobeying the law and we’ll take you down.


10 posted on 11/22/2009 3:15:33 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Jim Robinson

Count me in, as well.


11 posted on 11/22/2009 3:16:20 PM PST by rae4palin
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To: Jim Robinson

I am in. Tell me where and when.


12 posted on 11/22/2009 3:16:27 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: Jim Robinson
Now this is good news. When will political leaders rise up and say the same about Our Constitution, the law of the land....and even engage in civil disobedience – if laws force them to accept...
13 posted on 11/22/2009 3:17:04 PM PST by presently no screen name
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The time has come ...


15 posted on 11/22/2009 3:17:54 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: svcw

We can expect o-bow-man to soon declare marital allowing, or demanding, that the military arrest American citizens that oppose him in any way.


16 posted on 11/22/2009 3:19:14 PM PST by chiefqc
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To: Jim Robinson

Count me in, too.


17 posted on 11/22/2009 3:19:51 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Morgana

Maybe Raymond Arroyo could get a campaign going for that too

http://www.aim.org/aim-column/catholic-tv-host-challenges-bishops/


18 posted on 11/22/2009 3:20:14 PM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: Jim Robinson

Perhaps now Churches can see the dangers of colluding with liberals on “social” issues. Liberals are NO friends of religion. One only has to pick up a history book.


19 posted on 11/22/2009 3:21:37 PM PST by rbosque (10 year Freeper!)
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To: Da Coyote
You religious types

Religious types are a dime a dozen - there is one in a hospital in TX. This is about the God of the Bible - the laws of the Creator of the universe. His rules reign!
20 posted on 11/22/2009 3:22:11 PM PST by presently no screen name
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