Religious Right issues bullshit manifesto

There’s a bit of an ideological war going on in the Christian faith, and if you weren’t paying close attention, you wouldn’t even know it’s waging. Take the “Manhattan Declaration” for instance (not the one on climate change), a frightening manifesto by religious conservatives that claims equality and anti-discrimination laws are destroying people’s freedom of religion. Their biggest issues, unsuprisingly, are gay marriage (which they equate to bestiality, polygamy and incest), abortion rights, and assisted suicide:

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, embryo-destructive 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 [NOTE: are they referring to taxes here, cuz they usually hate that shit]. But under no circumstances will we render to Caesar what is God’s

The whole document is an attempt by Conservatives to paint themselves as martyrs fighting for people’s rights. In reality, they’re resisting the way society is changing; namely, how it’s becoming more tolerant and egalitarian. It’s taken a long time, but we’re finally beginning to understand human sexuality is not a covenant with a supreme being, but rather the product of biological impulses. You can no more chose your sexuality than you can your eye color, although there are plenty of ways people try to cheat this (think colored contacts and gay-to-straight “therapy”).

You want to know why it’s a bad idea to let religious institutions dictate what marriage is all about?

Yet it is critical that the impulse be resisted, for yielding to it would mean abandoning the possibility of restoring a sound understanding of marriage and, with it, the hope of rebuilding a healthy marriage culture. It would lock into place the false and destructive belief that marriage is all about romance and other adult satisfactions, and not, in any intrinsic way, about procreation and the unique character and value of acts and relationships whose meaning is shaped by their aptness for the generation, promotion and protection of life…Some who enter into same-sex and polyamorous relationships no doubt regard their unions as truly marital. They fail to understand, however, that marriage is made possible by the sexual complementarity of man and woman, and that the comprehensive, multi-level sharing of life that marriage is includes bodily unity of the sort that unites husband and wife biologically as a reproductive unit.

You hear that? Marriage isn’t about romance, love or wanting to share your life with someone else. It’s all about procreation, and if you aren’t happy about that, too fucking bad! Your body was made by God to create offspring, and if you think otherwise, you’re committing a sin against him. So, rather than divorce the man who fathered your children and who lovelessly sticks his seed-squirter into your baby-receptacle, you should stick it out for the good of mankind; happiness and love be damned!

To read a great summary of just what this piece of shit document is all about, check out this article.

Comments (6)

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    Tom T

    Check out this article I found in The Toronto Star…—bearded-cross-eyed-divorce-case-grips-dubai

    Makes you wonder if Dubai will be the first to ban burkas, hijabs, and the whole ‘cousin it’ costume women wear…

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    I’ve said it many times…
    There is at this time only 2 differences between islam & Xtians.
    1-there aint many islamics here YET!
    2-the xtians have been put under the thumb of law, & have been diluted down to lip-wagging.
    But don’t be deluded they are both willing to try to take over and push their agendas onto everyone else. They are so full of self-hate and self-loathing they cannot stand to have others living free. They will continue to push their hate onto all…We must keep pushing back!!!

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    Matt B

    Their argument is particularly insulting to couples who have fertility issues. Just because their bodies can’t reproduce, that invalidates their marriage? How ignorant and heartless can people be? it’s just sad.

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    So does this mean that if a man wants to marry a woman who cannot get pregnant that their marriage will not be recognized? Dumb rules. I think they make them up as they go.

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    “or any other anti-life act” the right is against war and executions and lack of healthcare and homelessness and free-for-all gun use and expensive perscriptions and toxins in the environment, and climate change and…

    wait… oh, they were lying again.

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    In addition to the overall asshattery of their manifesto, I find the mention of polyamory particularly puzzling. They state that “the comprehensive, multi-level sharing of life that marriage is includes bodily unity of the sort that unites husband and wife biologically as a reproductive unit.” as though polyamorous relationships don’t involve having and raising children. This simply isn’t so, and I’m personally acquainted with at least two poly families that are successfully raising happy, healthy, intelligent, well-adjusted, and ethical children.

    Polyamory isn’t just about getting it on. It’s about sharing and intertwining lives just as deeply (or more so) than a married Christian couple.

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