A Little Help, Please

Posted: November 23, 2009 in Justice, Peace

Let me say up front that I haven’t the time to read the 4,700 word document, nor much time to engage in a discussion of it either (which is why I need a little help here). But I’ve noticed in the news that 150 religious leaders have published “The Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience.” A quick skim of an article about it reveals that it urges Christians to engage in acts of civil disobedience in regard to issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage.

Alright, first of all, let me say that I’m a big fan of civil disobedience in general and that it’s not something Christians have been very proficient at over the years. In fact, the best civil disobedience stories out there are times when they were used against Christian opposition (think Gandhi, think King).

But someone will have to help me out here. What are these leaders urging Christians to do? I’m guessing that they already assume anyone that might listen to them would not run out and have an abortion or marry someone of like gender. So how are they urging their listeners to non-violently disobey abortion and same-sex marriage laws?

Again, don’t know that I’ll have much chance to respond. But any help in understanding this will give me one less thing to scratch my head about right now – and with finals approaching, I already have more than enough. 🙂

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Comments
  1. alsturgeon says:

    Never mind.

    Turns out they weren’t really calling for civil disobedience.

    Here’s what an article from The Washington Post related:

    “The declaration notes that Christianity has taught over the centuries ‘that civil disobedience is not only permitted, but sometimes required.’ People who signed the declaration, however, were vague about how they hoped Christians would respond to it. Wuerl’s office played down the civil disobedience wording, saying he wasn’t urging Catholics to ‘do anything specific,’ said his spokeswoman Susan Gibbs. ‘That wasn’t something we had talked about.'”

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