The Manhattan Declaration: Christians Unite on Life, Marriage, & Liberty

by Tobin Grant

Yesterday, a coalition of Christian leaders (some political, some not) announced the “Manhattan Declaration“.  Most of the leaders were Evangelicals, but conservative leaders from Anglican, Catholic, and Orthodox churches were also signatories.

The Declaration is a call “to reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good…These truths are:

  1. the sanctity of human life
  2. the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife
  3. the rights of conscience and religious liberty.”

You can read more about the Declaration at the NYT.

Most of the signatories are conservatives, both politically and religiously.  However, there were many influential conservative groups that are part of this coalition.  Here is a breakdown of which of the groups we tracked signed the Declaration.

Groups that were original signatories:

  • ADF
  • Al Mohler
  • Chuck Colson/Break Point
  • Ethics and Public Policy Center
  • Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Richard Land
  • Evangelicals for Social Action
  • Family Research Council
  • Focus on the Family Action
  • Institute on Religion and Democracy
  • National Association of Evangelicals
  • Susan B. Anthony List

Groups that were not original signatories:

  • ACLJ
  • AFA
  • AUL
  • CBN
  • Center for Just Society
  • Center for Moral Clarity
  • CWA
  • Faith in Public Life
  • Liberty Counsel
  • National Right to Life Committee
  • Relevant’s “Reject Apathy”
  • Sojourners
  • Traditional Values Coalition

CBN: Gay marriage on, off, on again

by Ruth Moon

California will now recognize gay marriages performed in other states during the brief window gay marriage was legal in Calif.

Rifqa Bary, a Muslim convert to Christianity, appeared in court again Tuesday to determine whether she would return to Ohio or stay in Florida.

Two Iranian women have been thrown in prison for apostasy and spreading Christianity.

Rush Limbaugh will be one of seven judges at this year’s Miss America pageant.

Neighborhood complaints silenced some Arizona church bells this week.

CBN: Mojave cross in the spotlight

by Ruth Moon

The Mojave Desert cross case before the Supreme Court is causing debate.

President Obama might name an openly gay ambassador to New Zealand; it would be the administration’s first.

A city council in Calif. voted to allow prayer in Jesus’ name before council meetings.

Muslims make up nearly a quarter of the world’s population, a new study finds.

CBN: Court case roundup

by Ruth Moon

A Wisconsin couple will serve jail time for praying over their diabetic daughter instead of seeking medical care for her.

The Supreme Court will hear a case Wednesday involving a cross on display in the Mojave Desert.

Cheerleaders at a Georgia high school signed a petition to be able to wave a banner with Bible verses on it at football games.

A new bill would legalize gay marriage in Washington, D.C.

President Obama will address a gay rights group Saturday.

Public school sex ed is starting at younger ages.

CBN: Marriage, abortion, property

by Ruth Moon

The Christian Defense Coalition and other anti-abortion groups are using the number “71,” representing the number of people opposed to taxpayer-funded abortion in a recent poll, to protest abortion to government officials.

The California Supreme Court refused to hear a church property rights case.

Maine residents will vote Nov. 3 on the state’s new gay marriage law, and an ethics commission is investigating fundraising related to the law.

CBN: Abortion, free speech, abortion, gays, abortion

by Ruth Moon

Two anti-abortion amendments were defeated Wednesday by the Senate Finance Committee.

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The Family Research Council is calling for the resignation of school czar Kevin Jennings, who has a history of gay activism and allegedly approved underage gay sex.

A lesbian couple settled out of court with several Christian doctors who refused to artificially inseminate the women.

“In God We Trust” will be engraved on the Capitol Visitor Center.

New Hampshire will not ban the phrase “Under God” from its schools, a judge ruled Wednesday.

The GOP is calling for an apology from Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), who said Tuesday the Republican health care plan involves “dying quickly” if you are sick.

CBN: Religion on the docket

by Ruth Moon

One of the first cases for the reconvened Supreme Court will deal with a religious display in California.

The Senate Finance Committee will examine amendments related to abortion Wednesday.

High school cheerleaders in Georgia are no longer allowed to carry a banner with Bible verses on it at their home games.

The U.S. military needs more chaplains.

An Arizona church is leaving the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America over its policy toward gays, among other things.