Manhattan Declaration

visit Manhattan Declaration websiteWe’ve talked to so many thoughtful people during the course of our interviews. Many are inspired; they sign the Declaration immediately and they encourage others to sign. Yet, we all know that it is not enough simply to add one’s ‘unit’ to the increasing number of signers. We must not only sign the Declaration, we must live declaratively, so to speak.

According to many, the reason they hesitate is that they don’t feel comfortable taking the social risk of stating ideas that are controversial and outside the so-called mainstream. They fear a confrontation in which they would be unable to defend their convictions. In many cases, that is because they just don’t have the talking points and the practice that would let them feel comfortable stating and defending their position. Well, you don’t enlist in the army and go into battle the next day.

Training is essential. We have some suggestions in our talk. Start with a friendly crowd. Find (or start) a study group either in your church, your home or on the Internet. Work with each other to discuss the ideas, begin to be comfortable talking about these truths that we live by and, bit by bit, you will feel able to live them boldly in the world.

Of course, there are some great books to help you along the way. Chuck Colson’s books are a great start, especially “Lies that Go Unchallenged” and “Answers to your Kids’ Questions.” Of course, we humbly recommend our own book, “Get Serious!”

If you are involved in study or discussion groups, please let us know!

These videos contain words of inspiration, advice and suggestions regarding signing the Declaration yourself, talking to others about the crucial issues it addresses and suggestions on how to begin your own discussion or study groups. These are personal statements from those who have already signed. We hope you will add your signature to the thousands already supporting the declaration.

Sign the Manhattan Declaration as an acknowledgement that the foundation of civilization is under assault by nihilist trends in contemporary (elite) culture. As citizens, not subjects, we still have a principled role in our own governance, and we will exercise it with Christian responsibility to our neighbors, as ourselves, to preserve and promote the moral liberty that makes the pursuit of happiness possible. Click here to sign the Manhattan Declaration. If you have a website or a Facebook page, please link to this page to inspire as many people as possible sign the Manhattan Declaration.

Igumen Sergius (Boyer)
Abbot of St Tikhon of Zadonsk Orthodox Monastery
“People need to know that there is a right and there is a wrong. There is a way that leads to life and a way that leads to death.”
Chuck Colson
Founder of Prison Fellowship
Co-author of the Manhattan Declaration.
“Freedom of conscience… if it’s compromised for anyone, it’s compromised for everyone.”
Robert P. George
Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University
Co-author of Manhattan Declaration.
“Too few Christians understand how to defend what we believe. It’s great to believe, but we need to defend it, because it is under attack in the culture.”
Timothy George,
Dean of the Beeson Divinity School
Co-author of Manhattan Declaration.
“The best dialogue occurs among people who are of great conviction about what they believe. … I do not believe in an ecumenism of accommodation. I do believe in an ecumenism of conviction.”
Bishop Harry Jackson Jr
Senior Pastor of Hope Christian Church, Washington, DC.
“I believe America’s greatest problem is not un-godliness. It is not spiritual darkness. It is an un-repentant church who has decided that it is more important to be politically correct than it is to proclaim the principles of the Word.”
Jim Jatras
Washington Lobbyist
“Marriage is not the creation of the state. The reason I signed, is for the preservation of our society.”



Dr. Richard Land
President of Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
“There are certain non-negotiables for those of us who are believers…There are certain things we will not be compelled to take part in, certain things we will not be compelled to do, and you’d better understand that right up front.”
Faith McDonnell
Director of Religious Liberty Programs at the Institute on Religion & Democracy
“The persecution of Christians is really the worst religious persecution that’s going on in the world today.”



Fr Thomas Palke
Priest of St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Mission, Centreville, VA.
“The time is always right for Christians to give an account of their faith. The time is NOW for Christians to draw the line in the sand… to say that this is what we believe and this is what we teach.”
Tony Perkins
President, Family Research Council.
“We’re not going to change America by changing our laws. We’re going to change America by changing the hearts and minds of people. … We want to see people have the best life.”
Fr. Valery (Shemchuk)
Assistant Priest at St Nicholas Cathedral, Washington DC
“I was impressed by the spirit of this inter-confessional document…. Not being abusive, not being aggressive, but being firm.”
Peter Shinn
President of Pro Life Unity
“In Christianity, we know not everybody agrees on everything, but we have our common issues that we should come together on and unite in our efforts. The Manhattan Declaration definitely does that.”
Jim Tonkowich
I.R.D. Scholar, lecturer and writer.
“The Manhattan Declaration helps us address the critical question of the 21st Century, “What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be one of us?”
Mark Tooley
President, Institute on Religion and Democracy
“I hope it has a wide and on-going influence on America, and especially on America’s churches. . . who should remain faithful to their traditional doctrines and beliefs.”
Fr. Alexander (Webster)
Archpriest in the Orthodox Church of America
“Politics is not a dirty word… These are issues that are political to some extent, because they deal with matters of power and governance, but they deal particularly and especially with matters of soul.”
Alan Wisdom
Vice President, Intitute on Religion & Democracy
“I signed it because it’s counter-cultural. Because it’s willing to take a stand against the powerful currents in our culture that are taking us away from the respect for human life.”
Frank Wolf
Representing Virginia’s 10th Congressional District.
Evans: “Do you think it will have an impact on politicians?”
Wolf: “I think it will have a major impact on everybody.”
Bishop Thomas Bishop Thomas (Joseph)
Antiochian Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic
November 24, 2009“Beloved in Christ,
As I promised you, we are forwarding you information on the Orthodox approach to issues that have been recently addressed in the Manhattan Declaration.”
Gary Palmer Gary Palmer
President Alabama Policy Institute;”Obviously, this is a direct challenge to the power of the government at every level but especially the federal government under the current dominant liberal regime.”
Fr. John A. Peck
Pastor at St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Prescott, AZListen here:

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Mike Pence (IN)
House Republican Conference Chairman“We all share a solemn responsibility to preserve marriage as the union between one man and one woman, stay in the fight for the sanctity of human life, and defend our religious liberties. People of faith must remain vigilant in the fight for freedom and traditional moral values.”

“The Manhattan Declaration is an important document that will pull together individuals who share a belief in the Christian faith and a concern for the direction our country is heading. I applaud the leaders who signed this declaration. It is my hope that this critical effort will help renew the founding principles of our country and preserve for our children a land that is both just and free.”

Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon
Fr. Reardon is a prolific author, pastor of All Saints Orthodox Church, and a Senior Editor of Touchstone Magazine.”Dear Peter and Helen, I signed the Manhattan Declaration because I agree with its contents and trust the people who composed it (all of whom I know personally). Fr. Pat”