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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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To: Jim Robinson
And I too am counted in as a signer. About time.
61 posted on 11/22/2009 4:23:34 PM PST by francesco525
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To: francesco525
The numbers are growing fast.

20874 signatures in support

62 posted on 11/22/2009 4:27:33 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: Jim Robinson; Alamo-Girl; airborne; Amityschild; AngieGal; AnimalLover; annieokie; aragorn; ...

EXCELLENT ARTICLE, JIM. THANKS TONS.

Christ is not coming back to a wimpy, ineffectual, scardy-cat, hobbled, crownging-fear-mangled, lifeless, church.

HE IS COMING BACK FOR THE CHURCH TRIUMPHANT. AND FATHER GOD, SON, SPIRIT WILL BE TRANSFORMING THE CHURCH EVER MORE INTO THE CHURCH TRIUMPHANT AS BELIEVERS SEEK GOD AND GOD ALONE.

The Romans were familiar with the import of brutal force.

The new globalist tyrants will fear prayer and THE CHURCH MILITANT ADVANCING IN CHRIST’S BLOOD, IN CHRIST’S SPIRIT, IN CHRIST’S POWER, IN THE MANIFEST PRESENCE OF GOD.


63 posted on 11/22/2009 4:31:21 PM PST by Quix (POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 TRAITORS http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: Jim Robinson; Alamo-Girl; airborne; Amityschild; AngieGal; AnimalLover; annieokie; aragorn; ...

HERE, imho,

IS A CAUSE WE WOULD BE WISE AND DO WELL TO STAND UP AND BE COUNTED ON:

RIFQA BARY:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2392284/posts

The thread includes an address to send cards and letters to.

May all who touch her case with anything less than the most honorable and protective intent and actions

QUICKLY LEARN TO FEAR THE WRATH OF ALMIGHTY GOD DIRECTLY.

May they have little sleep and little peace. May they have great complications and troubles in their jobs if they dare to hazard this girl in the least.

In Jesus’ name.


64 posted on 11/22/2009 4:35:53 PM PST by Quix (POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 TRAITORS http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: Publius

Good catch....


65 posted on 11/22/2009 4:41:24 PM PST by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: MrLee; Jim Robinson

Christ said to render unto Ceaser what was Ceaser’s and unto God what was God’s.

If you think Christ advocated worshipful total kowtowing submission to a satanic global government/state, you are sadly mistaken.

Peter asked the RELIGIOUS rulers . . .

should Christians obey God or man.

Satanic government will be increasingly offering great and stark choice between eternal death and eternal life.


66 posted on 11/22/2009 4:42:07 PM PST by Quix (POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 TRAITORS http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: livius

Well put.

The evil demonized tyrants will learn . . .

The prayers of those imprisoned will be more powerful to the tyrants’ serious hurt.

The angelic forces attending those martyred will be most empowerd to take vengeance.

God’s supernatural Presence and minifestations will be far more dramatic than during the Exodus and more dramatic than most events of the Gospel times 2000 years ago.

Whatever fires or fire power they bring to the festivities, God’s fires will be bigger and more devastating to the enemy and empowering to His Kids.

WE SHALL OVERCOME. WE SHALL DO GREAT EXPLOITS FOR GOD’S KINGDOM.

LOVE WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL OF GOD’S EMPOWERMENTS. FIERCE AND YET GENTLE LOVE MOSTLY UNSEEN HERETOFORE WILL BECOME MORE THE NORM FOR HIS CHURCH TRIUMPHANT.

SOMETIMES, LOVE MAY MEAN TAKING SOMEONE OUT BEFORE THEY RACK UP MORE PUNISHMENT FOR THEMSELVES.

SOMETIMES Love may mean choosing sacrificial martyrdom to save others.

Regardless, CHRIST’S CHURCH TRIUMPHANT WILL NOT LOSE OUT IN THIS ERA OF THE FINAL BATTLES.


67 posted on 11/22/2009 4:50:59 PM PST by Quix (POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 TRAITORS http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: Quix
Regardless, CHRIST’S CHURCH TRIUMPHANT WILL NOT LOSE OUT IN THIS ERA OF THE FINAL BATTLES.

Yes!

68 posted on 11/22/2009 4:58:38 PM PST by livius
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To: mware
20874 signatures in support

The impressive thing is that this is happening entirely without the media. I have not read one single thing in the MSM about this. They're hoping they can pretend it never happened and we'll never find out about it, but they're wrong.

69 posted on 11/22/2009 5:00:06 PM PST by livius
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To: Jim Robinson

I can’t think of two people I would trust more to bring Evangelicals and Catholics together in a good cause than Robert P. George and Chuck Colson.


70 posted on 11/22/2009 5:04:55 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Jim Robinson

“The Buggery Blitzkrieg that started in 2003 came fast and furious. Not unlike the French of World War II, traditionalists were quickly overrun and astonished at the lightening-fast strike that came from the homosexual lobby. From Lawrence v. Texas to Gavin Newsom’s weddings by the bay, traditionalists were overwhelmed by the war that was unleashed on them.”

Joe Murray, writing for the American Family Association

The solution:

“...to defend American traditions and the values of faith, family, and country, from any and all directions. And, together, we will chase the purveyors of sex and violence back beneath the rocks whence they came.”

Pat Buchanan, 1996


71 posted on 11/22/2009 5:08:24 PM PST by aSeattleConservative
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To: SuperLuminal; Publius

Um, the Barmen Declaration was part of the slightly off-track task of trying to preserve the autonomy of the major confessing churches as against direct Nazi control of faith and practice. Those were good goals, but they were not, as the Manhattan Declaration is, a virtual declaration of war, a clear proclamation of outright defiance on specific and critical issues of conscience. Barmen didn’t even address the single most egregious offense of the Nazi’s, their murderous anti-Semitism, largely because so many of the German churches had already quietly absorbed the same repugnant mentality.

By contrast, the Manhattan Declaration, due its intensely focused energy, has the potential to generate a remarkably dynamic resistance effort that will be a genuine thorn in the side of the would-be tyrant. Unlike the people of the prewar Weimar Republic, we have the benefit of hindsight. We have, I believe, learned from their mistakes, and from our own. That was then. This is now. Note the difference, and keep moving that flag forward into the conflict.


72 posted on 11/22/2009 5:12:12 PM PST by Springfield Reformer
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To: livius

Thanks for your kind reply.


73 posted on 11/22/2009 5:17:29 PM PST by Quix (POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 TRAITORS http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: mware

Signed it, it is now done.


74 posted on 11/22/2009 5:21:17 PM PST by Biggirl (Throw The Turkeys Out In 2010!=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: Jim Robinson; Quix

Signed the declaration, and forwarded it on!! Time to take a stand!!
Thanks Jim!

And thanks for the ping, Quix! I am sooo ready to rise up!!! At least it’s a start!!!


75 posted on 11/22/2009 5:24:26 PM PST by jackv
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To: livius

21700 at 8:28 est!!!


76 posted on 11/22/2009 5:28:33 PM PST by jackv
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To: jackv

INDEED. THX THX.


77 posted on 11/22/2009 5:38:04 PM PST by Quix (POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 TRAITORS http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: jackv
21849 signatures in support. And growing...

It is averaging 1000 per hour.

Wait till I mention this to my parish priest.

78 posted on 11/22/2009 5:40:09 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: Jim Robinson

about time the churches start to fight back.

The catholic church should not give anything to any elected official if they vote for this crap.

we have protested and protested, we have spoke up and yet we are still ignored.


79 posted on 11/22/2009 5:46:37 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman, end of. -end racism end affirmative action)
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To: buccaneer81

homosexuals and the left loons use the unitarian crap to get a tax free place where they can plan and meet for their agenda


80 posted on 11/22/2009 5:48:21 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman, end of. -end racism end affirmative action)
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