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11-27-2009, 04:02 PM
Here’s a break with the past that Barack Obama should have made, but instead as president he chose to continue the culture war that radical leftists ignited beginning in the 1960s.

For all his reputation as an appeaser of foreign terrorists and dictatorial socialists, the battle strategy of Obama against U. S. social stability keeps orthodox believers wide awake and on guard.

Believers know they’re in a deadly fight, not only for moral values as Obama packs the government with unhinged radicals on everything from abortion to homosexual militancy, but also for their very lives as he rams forward death- dealing Obamacare.

They won’t be lulled into sleep on the watchtower, enabling Obama’s culture warriors to batter down the fortress gates.

Unlike the frogs in the story that boiled to death because they didn’t realize their water temperature was so imperceptibly rising, Obama keeps the scorching heat pouring on his targets every second.

It’s baptism of fire with a twist.

If British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was fooled into believing in a false “peace in our time” in the 1930s, orthodox Christians in 2009 know Obama’s radicals offer no peace but only a sword.

It’s not that Obama initiated the war himself.
Culture-poisoners and radical abortionists were pushing to capture the legal system when Obama was little more than a former fetus himself, lucky to havegotten out in one piece from a pregnancy thatRoe v. Wade’s Justice Harry Blackmun surely would have pronounced to be rife with “ distressful life and future.”

But the radicals hoped that Obama in the White House could cement their revolution.

Big failure.
When Christians start talking anew about civil disobedience and begin signing a declaration that quickly gathers tens of thousands of signatures, the Obamaites should know their culture war has miscalculated quite fatally.

The week before Thanksgiving, traditional- morality leaders gathered in the nation’s capital on November 20 to announce the “ Manhattan Declaration,” a statement of conscience decrying the accelerating trends against morality.

From A to Z, from Dr. Daniel Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina, to Bishop David Zubik, of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, there were 149 signers, both church officials and laity, to begin.

By the predawn hours of the following Tuesday, November 24, there were 73,710 signatures online at the web site, manhattan declaration. org. The declaration had caught fire.

The first signers included
Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap.,of Denver,

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, Calif.,

James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family,

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List,

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York,

Senior Pastor Jonathan Falwell of the Thomas Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, Va.,

Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ, founder of Ignatius Press,

Bishop Harry Jackson Jr., senior pastor of Hope Christian Church, Beltsville, Md.,

Josh McDowell, founder of Josh McDowell Ministries,
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Dr. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, David Neff, editor- in- chief of

Christianity Today, Rev. William Owens, chairman of the Coalition of African- American Pastors,

and Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D. C.

The six- page declaration concluded: “ Because we honor justice and the common good, we will not comply with any edict that purports to compel our institutions to participate in abortions, embryodestructive research, assisted suicide and euthanasia, or any other anti- life act;

nor will we bend to any rule purporting to force us to bless immoral sexual partnerships, treat them as marriages or the equivalent, or refrain from proclaiming the truth, as we know it, about morality and immorality and marriage and the family.

We will fully and ungrudgingly render to Caesar what is Caesar’s.

But under no circumstances will we render to Caesar what is God’s.”

Citing the Christian teaching that civil disobedience sometimes not only is permitted but required against tyranny, the Manhattan Declaration noted the efforts to compel pro-life institutions, physicians, nurses, and other health care personnel not only to refer for abortion but even to participate in it.

The declaration also pointed to “the use of anti-discrimination statutes to force religious institutions, businesses, and service providers of various sorts to comply with activities they judge to be deeply immoral or go out of business.

After the judicial imposition of ‘ samesex marriage’ in Massachusetts, for example, Catholic Charities chose with great reluctance to end its century- long work of helping to place orphaned children in good homes rather than comply with a legal mandate that it place children in same- sex households in violation of Catholic moral teaching.

“ In New Jersey,” the declaration continued, “after the establishment of a quasi- marital ‘ civil unions’ scheme, a Methodist institution was stripped of its tax- exempt status when it declined, as a matter of religious conscience, to permit a facility it owned and operated to be used for ceremonies blessing homosexual unions.

In Canada and some European nations, Christian clergy have been prosecuted for preaching Biblical norms against the practice of homosexuality. New hate- crime laws in America raise the specter of the same practice here.”


Constitutionally Speaking
11-27-2009, 07:59 PM
HEAR HEAR!!!!!!!!

It is about time!!!

11-27-2009, 08:01 PM
HEAR HEAR!!!!!!!!

It is about time!!!

I read it and signed it a couple of days ago. Its one of the best Christian documents to be turned out in a while.

Constitutionally Speaking
11-30-2009, 09:38 PM
I read it and signed it a couple of days ago. Its one of the best Christian documents to be turned out in a while.

I agree 100%. This is long overdue.