Saturday, March 31, 2012

An Opportunity For Prayer & Action

Manhattan Declaration
March 2012
Manhattan Declaration
Breaking the Spiral Of Silence
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The current administration’s effort to force religious institutions to adopt practices that violate their conscience is perhaps the biggest threat to religious liberty in our nation’s history. It should spur every serious Christian into action.
We don’t want you to be just the signer of a petition; we need you to be actively engaged in this battle. Here’s how: We’ve prepared a powerful DVD, “Breaking the Spiral of Silence,” with interviews and appeals by a broad spectrum of Christian leaders; Sammy Rodriguez, Harry Jackson, Eric Metaxas, Robby George, Timothy George, and I. We are setting aside April 28 for the first showing of this video across the country.
And we’re asking you to be an ambassador, to sign up now to receive the DVD and to premiere it in your home or church to as many friends as you can assemble. Will you please join us? The DVD will equip you and your friends to articulate the reasons why religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and traditional marriage are so important--not just from the standpoint of our Christian faith but for the right ordering of society.
We need nothing less than a movement of Christians organizing across America. Here’s what you can do now:
· Hold a Breaking the Spiral of Silence event in your home or church (host fee is $24.95 for churches, $9.95 for homes). Register at Urge each person who attends to get it for their friends
· Brief others on these issues. Use every occasion to talk about it in the coming months. This issue is not going to go away. We will either beat back the administration’s mandate or religious freedom will be undermined. There’s no in-between.
· Recruit active Christians to network in this movement.
As a host you will receive one-page briefs on life, marriage, and religious liberty for your church or home gathering, along with tools to help you engage your community.
When people watch the DVD in your home or church, ask them to sign the Manhattan Declaration. We will follow up and get them involved.
This is the way movements are fueled. If you show the video to ten people and equip them to defend these issues, they in turn can take your DVD or purchase another one and show it to their friends. Groups of ten can very rapidly multiply and impact the whole country.
We are never going to be able to get a fair shake in the national media. Politicians are dodging the issue. We can win this fight, but we have to create strong public pressure. Now that people are beginning to understand this is a fight for religious liberty, the polls are turning our way. So we need you to be more than a name on a petition; we need you to be an activist, an ambassador. Please sign up.
It is vital we defend religious freedom—along with the sanctity of life and traditional marriage. These three foundational principles are the foundations of a healthy society, and of the freedoms we enjoy. Please reply today. Register at
Yours in His Service,
Charles W. Colson

The Manhattan Declaration is a non-partisan statement of conscience in defense of human life, traditional marriage and religious freedom.

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