"Unprecedented coalition of religious leaders call Americans to stand for sanctity of life, marriage, and religious freedom"I am very impressed that so many religious leaders - many of whom are not Catholic - were willing to sign "the Manhattan Declaration."
Catholic News Agency (November 20, 2009)
"An unprecedented coalition of prominent Christian clergy, ministry leaders, and scholars has crafted a 4,700-word declaration addressing the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty. The declaration issues 'a clarion call' to Christians to adhere to their convictions and informs civil authorities that the signers will not “under any circumstance” abandon their Christian consciences.
"The statement, called 'the Manhattan Declaration,' has been signed by more than 125 Catholic, Evangelical Christian, and Orthodox leaders, and will be made fully public at a noon press conference in the National Press Club in Washington DC on Friday.
" '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,' the statement says.
" 'We recognize the duty to comply with laws whether we happen to like them or not, unless the laws are gravely unjust or require those subject to them to do something unjust or otherwise immoral,' the signatories explain...." [emphasis mine]
I think more people are coming to realize that there's an authority higher than the United States Congress - and even more powerful than the United States Supreme Court.
As I've explained to my kids from time to time, sometimes it's necessary to consider whether, at the end of all things, you'd rather be in trouble with the U. S. Supreme Court: or God the Almighty.
Just a thought.