The recently-released Manhattan Declaration, a nearly 5,000 word document, explains how throughout history, Christians have steadfastly, persistently held to certain fundamental truths of their faith; these truths are not political, nor are they ideals newly imagined by bigots wanting to suppress other people. Instead, as the Manhattan Declaration documents in unambiguous detail, Christians have been unwaveringly committed to certain moral principles for over 2,000 years. Far from being ancillary issues, these Biblically-based truths are a part of the very foundation of the Christian faith: the sanctity of life, the divinely-ordained nature of marriage, and religious liberty. Considered to be instances of divine revelation, they are open neither to compromise nor revision.
The Manhattan Declaration explicates these truths thusly:
1) the profound, inherent, and equal dignity of every human being as a creature fashioned in the very image of God, possessing inherent rights of equal dignity and life;
2) marriage as a conjugal union of man and woman, ordained by God from the creation, and historically understood by believers and non-believers alike, to be the most basic institution in society and;
3) religious liberty, which is grounded in the character of God, the example of Christ, and the inherent freedom and dignity of human beings created in the divine image, grounded in Holy Scripture, in natural human reason (which is itself, in our view, the gift of a beneficent God), and in the very nature of the human person.
In recent years, the left (or as they want to be called, “progressives”) has launched a campaign to convince the public that those beliefs are some sort of unsavory extremism, a newly-minted product of “right wing values.” Nothing could be further from the truth, as the Manhattan Declaration, points out. These fundamental principles of the faith — that are central to the Judeo-Christian tradition — are mainstream values with a proven and glorious history. They are part of the fabric of our society, the glue that holds communities together, and the foundation stones on which civilization thrives.