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'Christian' Manifesto Comparing Liberals to Nazis Gathers Signatures of Religious Right Leaders -- and Catholic Bishops

Right-wing Christian leaders are making a concerted push to gain thousands of new signatures for their hate-filled Manhattan Declaration.

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If, as these and other conservative Christians have declared, their positions on abortion and end-of-life issues and marriage are "inviolable and non-negotiable," where does that lead? Clearly, it may lead to the Archdiocese of Washington decreeing that its supposed need not to provide health care benefits to the partner of a gay employee is more important than its multi-million-dollar partnerships with the District of Columbia government to provide services to the homeless and hungry.

And it could lead to worse. The editors of the Los Angeles Times called the Manhattan Declaration's "apocalyptic argument for lawbreaking" both disingenuous and dangerous, and asked, "Did the Roman Catholic bishops who signed the manifesto consider how their endorsement of lawbreaking in a higher cause might embolden the antiabortion terrorists they claim to condemn?"

The signers, concludes the editorial, "need to be reminded that this is a nation of laws, not of men -- even holy men."


Peter Montgomery is a senior fellow at People For the American Way Foundation.