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From The Manhattan Declaration

Good As You has posted the complete text of The Manhattan Declaration, the anti-gay screed issued today by a pan-denominational group of Christian clergy that vows disobedience of laws that protect gays from discrimination. Excerpt titles are mine.

The Threat-
We are Christians who have joined together across historic lines of ecclesial differences to affirm our right—and, more importantly, to embrace our obligation—to speak and act in defense of these truths. We pledge to each other, and to our fellow believers, that no power on earth, be it cultural or political, will intimidate us into silence or acquiescence. It is our duty to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in its fullness, both in season and out of season. May God help us not to fail in that duty.
Gay Marriage Encourages Incest and Polygamy-
The assumption that the legal status of one set of marriage relationships affects no other would not only argue for same sex partnerships; it could be asserted with equal validity for polyamorous partnerships, polygamous households, even adult brothers, sisters, or brothers and sisters living in incestuous relationships. Should these, as a matter of equality or civil rights, be recognized as lawful marriages, and would they have no effects on other relationships? No.
Gays Want To Kill Babies, Seniors, And The Disabled-
It is ironic that those who today assert a right to kill the unborn, aged and disabled and also a right to engage in immoral sexual practices, and even a right to have relationships integrated around these practices be recognized and blessed by law—such persons claiming these “rights” are very often in the vanguard of those who would trample upon the freedom of others to express their religious and moral commitments to the sanctity of life and to the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife.
It just goes on and on, with the copious ladling on of "hate the sin, not the sinner" type of bullshit.

UPDATE: Among the signatories are Maggie Gallagher, Bishop Harry Jackson, Gary Bauer, James Dobson, Bill Donohue, and nine Catholic archbishops including NY Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

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