Religion in Society

Manhattan Declaration Asks Christians to Stand Firm on Key Issues

| by FRC

WASHINGTON --- Today, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins will join a group of prominent Christian clergy, ministry leaders and scholars including Dr. Robert George, Dr. Timothy George, and Chuck Colson to release the Manhattan Declaration, which addresses the sanctity of life, traditional marriage and religious liberty. The 4,700-word declaration issues a clarion call to Christians to adhere to their convictions and informs civil authorities that the signers will not-under any circumstance-abandon their Christian consciences. The Manhattan Declaration will be made public at a noon ET press conference held in the Lisagor Room at the National Press Club.

"At the heart of the Manhattan Declaration is a very significant message from Christian leaders that they will not wait to respond to efforts that would limit or curtail religious liberty in America, rather they will be pro-active in exercising and defending this first freedom," said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.

"Additionally, the commitment remains to promote a culture of life to counter the 'culture of death' that has been advanced by the courts over the last 35 years," added Perkins. "Christian leaders are also resolute in upholding biblical and historical man woman marriage despite the efforts of rogue judges and pandering politicians to redefine it."

"Standing in the shadow of the cross, Christian leaders have drawn a cultural and political line in the sand from which they have pledged they will not be moved."

"Without question there will be critics yelling 'separation of church and state.' This is silly: we are imposing our denominational views on no one. We are bringing our faith to bear on public policy because we see the efforts of the Left as a frontal assault on human dignity, the American family, and the future of our children. For this reason, we will not retreat an inch and will make the case for life, marriage, and religious liberty in the public square," concluded Perkins

MEDIA NOTE: The 4,732-word text of the Manhattan Declaration with a list of the 125+ signers will be posted at noon on Friday, Nov. 20, at