Daily Archives: November 25, 2009

The Manhattan Declaration – A Choice to foster a moral society

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. — John Quincy Adams

“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity…to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” – James Madison

“Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure (and) which insures to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.” – Charles Carroll, signer of the Declaration of Independence

What is the The Manhattan Declaration: It is; A Call of Christian Conscience in the form of a manifesto issued by evangelical, Catholic, and Orthodox Christian leaders to affirm support for the pro-life movement, defense of traditional marriage (as contrasted to e.g., same-sex marriage), and one’s right to freedom of religion. The document calls for civil disobedience against laws which contradict Christian doctrines. It was drafted on October 20, 2009 and released November 20, 2009, having been signed by more than 150 American religious leaders.

The drafting committee includes evangelical leader Charles Colson, Princeton University professor Robert P. George, and Beeson Divinity School dean Timothy George. Notable signatories include Timothy Dolan, Justin Francis Rigali, and Donald Wuerl (Archbishops of New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, respectively), along with political activist Tony Perkins, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, National Association of Evangelicals president Leith Anderson, and Orthodox Church in America primate Jonah (Paffhausen).

My goal with this posting is not to preach or imply that Christian morales are the only way to live a principled and morale life. I struggle with endorsing the all of the positions of this group 100% because I also believe that some elements of this are personal choices. However, I do support the ideals of morality and the concept that moral behavior is a key to an ethical, civilized society. When a society becomes immoral, it’s leaders become corrupt and is often said afish rots from the head down. The down fall of  most great societies throughout history has been moral decay. It is time to rethink our values.

There is another reason that this group has banded together to take up this cause. The recent hate crimes legislation passed in the military spending bill opens the door for “thought crimes” and some religious leaders fear that their church teachings could be construde as hate speech if it offends a specific group that disagree with them. All of which leads to the even more worrisome issues around free speech and freedom of religion.

At the end of the day I believe that the majority of Americans want freedom, liberty and the right to pursue happiness. I also believe that we all generally agree with the principles of the constitution, the 10 Commandments and a higher power. We expect those that honored with the opportunity to lead us to be ethical and upright members of society not crooks. Our values made us strong before and they will again. If nothing else The Manhattan Declaration serves as a reminder that our country was founded on religious and moral principles and that we need to reconnect with those values. There is no political correctness in right or wrong, they are what they are.

Below you will find the Declaration itself and a link to go and sign the document if you so desire:

The Manhattan Declaration

Christians, when they have lived up to the highest ideals of their faith, have defended the weak and vulnerable and worked tirelessly to protect and strengthen vital institutions of civil society, beginning with the family.

We are Orthodox, Catholic, and evangelical Christians who have united at this hour to reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good, and to call upon our fellow citizens, believers and non-believers alike, to join us in defending them. These truths are:

  • the sanctity of human life
  • the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife
  • the rights of conscience and religious liberty
  • Inasmuch as these truths are foundational to human dignity and the well-being of society, they are inviolable and non-negotiable. Because they are increasingly under assault from powerful forces in our culture, we are compelled today to speak out forcefully in their defense, and to commit ourselves to honoring them fully no matter what pressures are brought upon us and our institutions to abandon or compromise them. We make this commitment not as partisans of any political group but as followers of Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen Lord, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

    If you are inclined you can sign the Declaration here: http://manhattandeclaration.org/

    “A constitution founded on these principles introduces knowledge among the people, and inspires them with a conscious dignity becoming freemen; a general emulation takes place, which causes good humor, sociability, good manners, and good morals to be general. That elevation of sentiment inspired by such a government, makes the common people brave and enterprising. That ambition which is inspired by it makes them sober, industrious, and frugal”.  – John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776

    The breakdown of morality and the family in our society is taking its’ toll on our country. Great societies throughout history often murder themselves through corruption and immorality. It is time to return to the values that made our country strong and helped us survive the major challenges to our freedom and sovereignty throughout our history.

    “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religion but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We shall not fight alone. God presides over the destinies of nations.” – Patrick Henry

    Restore American Values and our Faith in God,  only he can help us Restore the Republic! God Bless America & In God, we trust!

    Obama Under Fire… Matthews & Rasmussen

    The President’s numbers are tanking again. He is making such a mess of things that he has lost ground in almost every major area. Things are so bad that even MSNBC’s Chris Matthews a normally staunch supporter of President Obama recently referred to him as “Carteresque”.

    Here is a transcript from the that show:

    CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: Welcome back. The word these days is optics, visuals, signals. In the Carter presidency, the optics were not exactly robust, and Ronald Reagan rode that to a big victory in 1980. Is the Obama White House sending some Carteresque signals these days? Some see that in the deep bow to the Emperor of Japan, an unforced error say critics. Then there was, there was what happened in China: Obama got nothing in the way of concessions over there in spite of playing the polite visitor. And his effort to speak directly to the Chinese was jammed by the government. Third, that decision to try the terrorists up in that federal court in New York City. Again, nothing that had to be done, and critics say it shows that Obama, his team doesn’t understand this is a war we’re in. David, that’s the question. These optics are everything in a president. Carter used to carry that garment bag over his shoulder. This president is he making mistakes like in China like in Japan? 

    DAVID IGNATIUS, WASHINGTON POST : I think he is coming across as stiff. He is talking too much sometimes and communicating too little. So the opposite of what we saw during the campaign. Although the decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York apparently was Eric Holder’s, it strikes me that it really is a mistake. I mean, there are too many bad things that could happen. There is no reason to have to have done this. And, you know, it’s a political feel for decision-making. That wonderful thing you just did about President Johnson’s feel for the moment. That’s what I think is missing now with this group in the White House. I don’t know where it’s gone. They certainly had it during the campaign. Maybe they’ll get it back. But it’s missing now.

    MATTHEWS: It’s the political touch. You were in China. You just got back. Tell me about that. The president tried to speak to the Chinese people and apparently it was jammed. Tell me about that.

    ANNE KORNBLUT, WASHINGTON POST: This was the big moment of the whole trip to Asia in fact, eight days in Asia he was going to speak to Chinese students in Shanghai unfiltered at least in his answers, and in fact the Chinese government, you know, they allowed the event to take place, but it was only shown locally on Shanghai television. People didn’t see it. The one piece of news he made in it saying that the internet should be free and people should have access dribbled out to the Chinese public and then started being deleted from all the Chinese websites. So, then, the following day he held a quote unquote press conference with the Chinese President Hu Jintao in which there were no questions and they read statements. Now, this is of course, this is the Chinese, it’s their home turf. They were allowed to do what they wanted to. That was the White House’s argument. And the White House haggled with them to get it more open. 

    MATTHEWS: The White House got jammed here.

    The once untouchable president is beginning to struggle with the public’s growing discontent with his policies and job performance. This administration has demonstrated an ongoing attitude of superiority and an apparent disregard for the wishes of the people by continuing to push unpopular programs and spending down our throats.

    If you need proof look no further than the numbers below from the most recent Rasmussen Reports Daily Presidential Tracking Poll. Also note that Republicans are currently beating the Democrats in every policy category and that leaders on both sides of the aisle in Congress have major problems with their “Unfavorable” ratings. For the record, the Republicans have done nothing to deserve this turnaround. The country is mostly conservative and independent – this is more a vote against the Democrts than for the Republicans. See numbers below:

    Perceptions of Obama

    Obama Approval Index -15

    Strongly Approve 27%

    Strongly Disapprove 42%

    Taxes Will Go Down 19%

    Gov’t Spending Will Go Up 66%

    Obama on Economy – Ex/Good 34%

    Trust on Issues

    Education  Dem 38%   GOP 43%

    Health Care  Dem 40%   GOP 46%

    War in Iraq  Dem 38%   GOP 45%

    Social Security  Dem 37%   GOP 45%

    National Security  Dem 37%   GOP 50%

    Economy  Dem 36%   GOP 48%

    Taxes  Dem 35%   GOP 50%

    Abortion  Dem 35%   GOP 47%

    Immigration  Dem 33%   GOP 45% 

    Gov’t Ethics/Corruption  Dem 31%   GOP 34%

    Congressional Leadership

    Nancy Pelosi  Fav 33%   Unfav 57% 

    John Boehner  Fav 27%   Unfav 34% 

    Mitch McConnell  Fav 26%  Unfav 32%

    Harry Reid  Fav 25%  Unfav 47%

    The numbers speak for themselves with 64% of Americans saying the country is on the wrong track. It’s time to go back to what works; a constitutional government and a free market economy.

    Restore the Republic, Reject the Agenda of the Radical Left!

    “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” — Patrick Henry

    SNL Obama’s U.S.- Chinese News Conference

    The President’s personal popularity may be holding but his job performance and policies are starting to come under fire from all directions. Over the last few weeks even NBC has allowed SNL to take the gloves off and PBO is finally starting to feel the pressure of his office. Kudos for nailing the policy problems in the skit. Originally I had the skit posted but shockingly NBC pulled it back!

    Sometimes the truth is UGLY!