The Manhattan Declaration

I don’t get on Twitter very often, but today I decided to check it out today, and thanks to Dave the Happy Singer‘s tweets, found out about this disgusting document called the Manhattan Declaration.

The subtitle of this document is “A Call of Christian Conscience”. If this document is any indication of the Christian conscience, well…I’m speechless.

Here are some exerpts from the declaration, but I suggest you read it yourself to get a glimpse into the mind of some of these people who are opposing gay marriage and womens’ rights to abortions, as well as trying to insert their religious beliefs into America’s secular government:

[…]the institution of marriage, already buffeted by promiscuity, infidelity and divorce, is in jeopardy of being redefined to accommodate fashionable ideologies; that freedom of religion and the rights of conscience are gravely jeopardized by those who would use the instruments of coercion to compel persons of faith to compromise their deepest convictions.

Allowing gay marriage does not compel any person of faith to do anything. It’s as if they think that providing this right to someone else is tantamount to forcing them to marry someone of the same sex. Nobody is asking you to be gay! You don’t even have to like gay people, just let them have their rights and keep your nose out of their business.

For example, human embryo-destructive research and its public funding are promoted in the name of science and in the cause of developing treatments and cures for diseases and injuries.

Hmm, are they taking about stem-cell research? Honestly…if you’re going to oppose something, at least makes sure you understand what it is. Stem-cells used for research aren’t, and will never be, babies. And using them to develop treatments and cures, they say that like it’s a bad thing! I thought they were pro-life, yet they don’t want to allow for potentially life-saving research?

Oh dear FSM…they go on to equate stem-cell research with assisted suicide:

Eugenic notions such as the doctrine of lebensunwertes Leben (“life unworthy of life”) were first advanced in the 1920s by intellectuals in the elite salons of America and Europe. Long buried in ignominy after the horrors of the mid-20th century, they have returned from the grave. The only difference is that now the doctrines of the eugenicists are dressed up in the language of “liberty,” “autonomy,” and “choice.”

Wow, there are some parts of this document that I won’t even copy over to my blog, it’s gross.

Vast human experience confirms that marriage is the original and most important institution for sustaining the health, education, and welfare of all persons in a society.

Does all persons include women? Because maybe they didn’t read about the possible lifting of the ban on spousal rape in the Bahamas, or maybe they missed the Islamic guide to beating your wife without leaving marks? The document talks about how we need to stop the spread of AIDS, do they think marriage does this? I guess they haven’t heard about unfaithful husbands in Africa bringing spreading AIDS to their wives. But I suppose they would say these people aren’t Christians…well the document quotes Ephesians 5:32-33. Did they happen to notice Ephesians 5:22-23? The part where it says that womens should submit to their husbands? I suppose that’s for their welfare. (barf).

At least they admit that they aren’t doing so well when it comes to marriages:

We confess with sadness that Christians and our institutions have too often scandalously failed to uphold the institution of marriage and to model for the world the true meaning of marriage. Insofar as we have too easily embraced the culture of divorce and remained silent about social practices that undermine the dignity of marriage we repent, and call upon all Christians to do the same.

Maybe they’ll be able to model the true meaning of marriage by focusing on their own damn families, and by not worrying about what gay people are doing.

No one has a civil right to have a non-marital relationship treated as a marriage. Marriage is an objective reality—a covenantal union of husband and wife—that it is the duty of the law to recognize and support for the sake of justice and the common good. If it fails to do so, genuine social harms follow.


I have no more words. I want to believe that most of the purported 333,642 people who have signed so far just got bored after the first paragraph and signed not realizing what it actually said, but give the United States’ record on gay rights, I doubt it.

[Note: Hopefully this hasn’t been too incoherent…I’ve been listening to anti-atheist podcasts all day and now this, my brain is turning to mush]

6 Responses to “The Manhattan Declaration”

  1. 1 Tsuken January 12, 2010 at 3:15 am

    As far as I’ve got thru that manhattan declaration, I’m disgusted. I really don’t see myself being any less repulsed by the rest of it 😐 The stupid and the irony, they burn so strong with that manhattan declaration

  2. 2 An Idle Dad January 12, 2010 at 3:56 am

    I tweeted something similar eariler, but these guys lay claim to being behind the anti-slave movement, women’s equal rights push and the civil rights movement…
    Ah, I think at the time these guys would have been against each and every one of these movements. These guys haven’t been progressive and now suddenly decided to put the breaks on! They were against freeing slaves, against freeing women and against equal rights for all.
    Gay rights are just the next civil rights movement. These guys are just the opposition, doomed to failure because they are unjust. Equal rights for all.

  3. 3 Beachbum January 12, 2010 at 4:59 am

    I keep seeing this passage over and over again in Christian literature; “rights of conscience,” as if it is in the Bill of Rights. In the original ‘draft’ of the First Amendment James Madison included a similar line,”No state shall violate the equal rights of conscience, or the freedom of the press, or the trial by jury in criminal cases.” But this was not included by Congress originally and until acceptance of the Fourteenth Amendment (1868) which was followed by Supreme Court case Gitlow v. New York, 268 U.S. 652, (1925) that made most, but not all, of the provisions of the Bill of Right’s restrictions applicable to the states under the doctrine of selective incorporation, states had some leeway with the Constitution. My point is that this “rights of conscience” is a canard, in Madison’s original it is “equal rights of conscience” which would include those of us against religious encroachment into private lives. This by itself isn’t the point though, it is that the rights of individuals are being impeded by those using their supposedly threatened “rights of conscience” as a battle cry. I am so sick of majority power feigning persecution while persecuting every minority in sight. The Nationalist Socialist Party used this same tactic more than 80 years ago, by proclaiming Catholics the persecuted minority and attacking the gays, gypsies, foreigners, and finally Jews, remember the Nazis. I know reductio ad Hitlerum, but I do see a correlation.

  4. 4 EnlightningLinZ January 31, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Tsuken – shortly after I put this post up I subscribed to a Google alert for “Manhattan Declaration”, and I’ve been disgusted to find that not a single article that pops up in there has been critical of it. It’s sickening to see that so many people support it, but I’m hoping the fact that there’s no criticism means that it’s not making any mark outside of their in-group of fundamentalists.

  5. 5 EnlightningLinZ January 31, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    An Idle Dad – I agree and wish the people who signed the Manhattan Declaration would open their eyes and see that!

  6. 6 EnlightningLinZ January 31, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Beachbum – the persecuted minority thing is so annoying and completely unsupported by evidence…atheists are the least trusted minority in the US, and when atheists speak up or post billboards they’re chastized and often silenced. But if they keep saying it people will keep believing it, unfortunately.

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