Why The Manhattan Declaration rankles me

The PG offers up a front page explanation why I dislike this project.

This is the headline: Christian leaders vow to resist gay marriage, abortion

This is the line that gets me.  The lines, rather.

The marriage section decries heterosexual promiscuity and
infidelity. It says that churches often failed to provide good models
and clear teaching.

“The impulse to redefine marriage in order to recognize same-sex and
multiple partner relationships is a symptom, rather than the cause, of
the erosion of the marriage culture,” the declaration said. “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.”

The churches OFTEN failed to provide good models and clear teaching, but let's twist the little anti-gay marriage dagger just to remind us where the imminent threat lies …

This document is one series of falsely humble statement of faith after another, not to mention a wonderful duck and weave.  We aren't doing so hot with marriage, sayeth the heterosexuals, but let's continue to invest our vast resources into the effort which won't actually save any heterosexual marriages, shall we? I mean, that makes sense, right?  No need to take actual ownership of your institutional fail if you still have a scapegoat after all.  Plus, you can float along on the willingness to go to jail to defend marriage and/or your tax exempt status without actually doing something. 

Cause that's what Jesus would do. 

Same thing with abortion … false modesty and bullshit media coverage.

The section labeled “Life” criticizes President Obama for saying he
wants to reduce the number of abortions while also dropping
restrictions on abortion. But it continues that responsibility for “the
culture of death” belongs to both political parties. It includes
genocide, labor exploitation and racial discrimination as life issues.

“We see these travesties as flowing from the same loss of the sense
of the dignity of the human person and the sanctity of human life that
drives the abortion industry,” it said.

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