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

Ethics and Public Policy Center

by M. Pulliam

One article explains that that are legitimate reasons for excluding gays from military service, resisting the trend to “moralization” politics that the Age of Obama has on issues like health-care, torture, abortion, etc.

EPPC criticizes the Baucus legislation as the same old misguided Democratic health plan and that Republicans have much better ideas that keep existing plans for the majority of Americans that are happy with their current health-care.

EPPC raises concerns that the new health-care plan will require religious individuals and organizations to fund abortion.

EPPC: Laments of Obama’s interrogation regulations

by M. Pulliam

An article highlighted by the Ethics and Public Policy Center laments how the advances in intelligence gathering since 9/11 have been reversed by the Obama administration.

“…the suspect CIA will no longer question high-value terrorists. Now, a committee of experts from several intelligence and law enforcement agencies – a committee housed at the FBI – will decide whether and how to question the enemy, or should I say “alleged perpetrators.” This group will report directly to the White House.”

Coming Soon…

This is the blog for a new project by the SIU Religion and Politics Lab.  Starting next week, we will be presenting daily and weekly updates of what major evangelical political organizations are doing and discussing.