Apple-Application Controversy over the Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience

Well, Apple apparently had an application with the Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience built into it. Pro-homosexuality people complained to Apple. Apple pulled the application. Now there is a backlash from those who support the Declaration or support greater intellectual honesty and so forth.

I remembered being invited to sign onto the Declaration when it first came out, but I decided to revisit the Declaration to refresh my mind as to what it says.

While I don't agree 100% with the document, there is a whole lot of truth contained in it. To arrive at what I could put my name to would require very little tweaking along with the addition of several other main issues such as war, greed, and coercion.

To be consistently Christian and prolife (albeit anti-coercive) requires being anti-war and anti-militant/military. Furthermore, Jesus was and is for sharing all with all who can accept righteousness. He preached the Golden Rule. Hence, greed is out of the question. Capitalist hoarding in the face of want and the like is utterly immoral and decidedly anti-God. It is interesting that the Declaration speaks about anti-coercion but calls for people to vote in secular-coercive elections to decide "the laws" one way or the other. I don't see anything in the Gospels suggesting that this is the approach Jesus advocates.

I do find a great deal of truth in this excerpt from the Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience:

Christians confess that God alone is Lord of the conscience. Immunity from religious coercion is the cornerstone of an unconstrained conscience. No one should be compelled to embrace any religion against his will, nor should persons of faith be forbidden to worship God according to the dictates of conscience or to express freely and publicly their deeply held religious convictions. What is true for individuals applies to religious communities as well.

It is ironic that those who today assert a right to kill the unborn, aged and disabled and also a right to engage in immoral sexual practices, and even a right to have relationships integrated around these practices be recognized and blessed by law—such persons claiming these "rights" are very often in the vanguard of those who would trample upon the freedom of others to express their religious and moral commitments to the sanctity of life and to the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife.

via Read the Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience.

Those who seek to censor this document wholesale are intellectually weak and flaccid and will not be able to withstand close scrutiny of their own views and positions, which are very hypocritical.

There is no doubt that there are fascist homosexuals afoot in the land and in much larger numbers than the vast majority realizes.

Also, the mass of youth who have been gullible and naive by reason of their youth will come to rue the day that they leaned so much to libertinism and were duped by those who convinced them that there is no harm in all this hatred against straightness the antonym of which is crookedness (connoting fake, contrived, unreal).

From Jesus's Sermon on the Mount (the greatest speech ever given):

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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