I had to read these lines twice. And then I had to read them again. The L.A. Times thinks this is, yes, that’s the word they used, “dangerous”. Dangerous, as in, scary dangerous? As in, pull out the big guns to protect us from them, dangerous?
The signers of the new Manhattan Declaration put pen to paper to articulate their concerns about conscience issues for medical professionals. What they regard as a right — making sure doctors and nurses aren’t forced to participate in abortions — the Los Angeles Times is calling “dangerous.”
Here’s a quote from the Manhattan Declaration itself. Caution: Don’t read this alone! May be too frightening for anyone under the age of four.
“Like those who have gone before us in the faith, Christians today are called to proclaim the Gospel of costly grace, to protect the intrinsic dignity of the human person and to stand for the common good,” it says.
Oh, yeah. Scary. Uh huh. If we were talking about left-wing radicals and civil disobedience, we’d be talking heroes and demigods. But if we’re talking preachers, pastors and priests, then it’s “Danger, Will Robinson!” Gimme a break.
In a recent editorial titled, “Christian leaders’ stance on civil disobedience is dangerous,” the Times says they are “going too far when they declare they will break laws on abortion.”
And this may be my favorite line of all:
They need to be reminded that this is a nation of laws, not of men — even holy men. [Emphasis mine.]
Really? A nation of laws, not men? Really?! I thought we were a nation of human beings who made laws. That laws were made by mankind for mankind, not the other way around. Interesting take, L.A. Times. Very interesting.
Related posts at this blog:
- Religious declaration that the state of religion is dire (about the “Religious” Institute)
- The Manhattan Declaration, A Call of Christian Conscience
- Four Questions to Ask Yourself When Seeking Truth