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

Pro-Life Groups 9/14/2009

by E. Carroll

National Right to Life Committee: Reported on Condition Red” which is what they are calling government funding for “on-demand” abortions if the current health care bill passes.

Democrats for Life: “Assert” that abortion is included in Obama’s health care reform.

Feminists for Life: In mourning over the death of Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

Americans for Life: Launched “Back to the Hill” campaign to “educate lawmakers and Americans on the current health care proposals’ threat to the lives of the elderly,ill, and unborn”.

Christian News Wire: Reported on the murder of pro-life activist Jim Pouillon.  The article encourages activists not to be intimidated and to continue the fight against Planned Parenthood.

Life News:  Obama to meet with pro-life leader to discuss abortion funding.

Pro-life community upset that Obama waited 2 days before releasing a brief statement about the shooting of pro-life activist James Pouillon.

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.