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    Signatories to Manhattan Declaration on Marriage, Religious Liberty and Life

    WASHINGTON (BP)--A diverse group of Christian leaders joined together Nov. 20 to declare a commitment to defend the sanctity of human life, biblical marriage and religious liberty without compromise.

    In a 4,700-word statement named the Manhattan Declaration, about 150 evangelical, Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox signers said they were coming together to "embrace our obligation" to speak and act in support of the dignity of all human beings, marriage as the union of a man and a woman, and the freedom to express religious convictions.

    Here is a current list of the signatories to the "Manhattan Declaration" dealing with Religious Liberty and Life issues.

    Signers (as of November 19, 2009)
    1.Dr. Daniel Akin
    President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, N.C.)

    2.Most Rev. Peter J. Akinola
    Primate, Anglican Church of Nigeria (Abika, Nigeria)

    3.Randy Alcorn
    Founder and Director, Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM) (Sandy, Ore.)

    4.Rt. Rev. David Anderson
    President and CEO, American Anglican Council (Atlanta)

    5.Leith Anderson
    President of National Association of Evangelicals (Washington, D.C.)

    6.Charlotte K. Ardizzone
    TV Show Host and Speaker, INSP Television (Charlotte, N.C.)

    7.Kay Arthur
    CEO and Co-founder, Precept Ministries International (Chattanooga, Tenn.)

    8.Dr. Mark L. Bailey
    President, Dallas Theological Seminary (Dallas)

    9.Gary Bauer
    President, American Values; Chairman, Campaign for Working Families

    10.His Grace, The Right Reverend Bishop Basil Essey
    The Right Reverend Bishop of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America
    (Wichita, Kan.)

    11.Joel Belz
    Founder, World Magazine (Asheville, N.C.)

    12.Rev. Michael L. Beresford
    Managing Director of Church Relations, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (Charlotte, N.C.)

    13.Ken Boa
    President, Reflections Ministries (Atlanta)

    14.Joseph Bottum
    Editor of First Things (New York)

    15.Pastor Randy & Sarah Brannon
    Senior Pastor, Grace Community Church (Madera, Calif.)

    16.Steve Brown
    National Radio Broadcaster, Key Life (Maitland, Fla.)

    17.Dr. Robert C. Cannada, Jr.
    Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando, Fla.)

    18.Galen Carey
    Director of Government Affairs, National Association of Evangelicals (Washington, D.C.)

    19.Dr. Bryan Chapell
    President, Covenant Theological Seminary (St. Louis)

    20.Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput
    Archbishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver

    21.Timothy Clinton
    President, American Association of Christian Counselors (Forest, Va.)

    22.Chuck Colson
    Founder, The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview (Lansdowne, Va.)

    23.Most Rev. Salvatore Joseph Cordileone
    Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland, Calif.

    24.Dr. Gary Culpepper
    Associate Professor, Providence College (Providence, R.I.)

    25.Jim Daly
    President and CEO, Focus on the Family (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

    26.Marjorie Dannenfelser
    President, Susan B. Anthony List (Arlington, Va.)

    27.Rev. Daniel Delgado
    Board of Directors, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; Pastor, Third Day Missions Church (Staten Island, N.Y.)

    28.Dr. James Dobson
    Founder, Focus on the Family (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

    29.Dr. David Dockery
    President, Union University (Jackson, Tenn.)

    30.Most Rev. Timothy Dolan
    Archbishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of New York, N.Y.

    31.Dr. William Donohue
    President, Catholic League (New York)

    32.Dr. James T. Draper, Jr.
    President Emeritus, LifeWay (Nashville, Tenn.)

    33.Dinesh D'Souza
    Writer and Speaker (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.)

    34.Most Rev. Robert Wm. Duncan
    Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church in North America (Ambridge, Pa. )

    35.Joni Eareckson Tada
    Founder and CEO, Joni and Friends International Disability Center (Agoura
    Hills, Calif.)

    36.Dr. Michael Easley
    President Emeritus, Moody Bible Institute (Chicago)

    37.Dr. William Edgar
    Professor, Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia)

    38.Brett Elder
    Executive Director, Stewardship Council (Grand Rapids, Mich.

    39.Rev. Joel Elowsky
    Drew University (Madison, N.J.)

    40.Stuart Epperson
    Co-Founder and Chariman of the Board, Salem Communications Corporation (Camarillo, Calif.)

    41.Rev. Jonathan Falwell
    Senior Pastor, Thomas Road Baptist Church (Lynchburg, Va.)

    42.William J. Federer
    President, Amerisearch, Inc. (St. Louis)

    43.Fr. Joseph D. Fessio
    Founder and Editor, Ignatius Press (Ft. Collins, Colo.)

    44.Carmen Fowler
    President and Executive Editor, Presbyterian Lay Committee (Lenoir, N.C.)

    45.Maggie Gallagher
    President, National Organization for Marriage (Manassas, Va.)

    46.Dr. Jim Garlow
    Senior Pastor, Skyline Church (La Mesa, Calif.)

    47.Steven Garofalo
    Senior Consultant, Search and Assessment Services (Charlotte, N.C.)

    48.Dr. Robert P. George
    McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University (Princeton, N.J.)

    49.Dr. Timothy George
    Dean and Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School at Samford University (Birmingham, Ala.)

    50.Thomas Gilson
    Director of Strategic Processes, Campus Crusade for Christ International (Norfolk, Va.)

    51.Dr. Jack Graham
    Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church (Plano, Texas)

    52.Dr. Wayne Grudem
    Research Professor of Theological and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary (Phoenix)

    53.Dr. Cornell "Corkie" Haan
    National Facilitator of Spiritual Unity, The Mission America Coalition (Palm Desert, Calif.)

    54.Fr. Chad Hatfield
    Chancellor, CEO and Archpriest, St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary (Yonkers, N.Y.)

    55.Dr. Dennis Hollinger
    President and Professor of Christian Ethics, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (South Hamilton, Mass.)

    56.Dr. Jeanette Hsieh
    Executive Vice President and Provost, Trinity International University (Deerfield, Ill.)

    57.Dr. John A. Huffman, Jr.
    Senior Pastor, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (Newport Beach, Calif.); Chairman of the Board, Christianity Today International (Carol Stream, Ill.)

    58.Rev. Ken Hutcherson
    Pastor, Antioch Bible Church (Kirkland, Wash.)

    59.Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr.
    Senior Pastor, Hope Christian Church (Beltsville, Md.)

    60.Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse
    President, American Orthodox Institute; Editor, OrthodoxyToday.org (Naples, Fla.)

    61.Jerry Jenkins
    Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Moody Bible Institute (Black Forest, Colo.)

    62.Camille Kampouris
    Publisher, Kairos Journal

    63.Emmanuel A. Kampouris
    Editorial Board, Kairos Journal

    64.Rev. Tim Keller
    Senior Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church (New York)

    65.Dr. Peter Kreeft
    Professor of Philosophy, Boston College (Mass.) and at the Kings College (N.Y.)

    66.Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz
    Archbishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville, Ky.

    67.Jim Kushiner
    Editor, Touchstone (Chicago)

    68.Dr. Richard Land
    President, The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC (Washington, D.C.)

    69.Jim Law
    Senior Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church (Woodstock, Ga.)

    70.Dr. Matthew Levering
    Associate Professor of Theology, Ave Maria University (Naples, Fla.)

    71.Dr. Peter Lillback
    President, The Providence Forum (West Conshohocken, Pa.)

    72.Dr. Duane Litfin
    President, Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.)

    73.Rev. Herb Lusk
    Pastor, Greater Exodus Baptist Church (Philadelphia)

    74.His Eminence Adam Cardinal Maida
    Archbishop Emeritus, Roman Catholic Diocese of Detroit

    75.Most Rev. Richard J. Malone
    Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, Maine

    76.Rev. Francis Martin
    Professor of Sacred Scripture, Sacred Heart Major Seminary (Detroit)

    77.Dr. Joseph Mattera
    Bishop and Senior Pastor, Resurrection Church (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

    78.Phil Maxwell
    Pastor, Gateway Church (Bridgewater, N.J.)

    79.Josh McDowell
    Founder, Josh McDowell Ministries (Plano, Texas)

    80.Alex McFarland
    President, Southern Evangelical Seminary (Charlotte, N.C.)

    81.Most Rev. George Dallas McKinney
    Bishop, Founder and Pastor, St. Stephen's Church of God in Christ (San
    Diego)

    82.Rt. Rev. Martyn Minns
    Missionary Bishop, Convocation of Anglicans of North America (Herndon, Va.)

    83.Dr. C. Ben Mitchell
    Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy, Union University (Jackson, Tenn.)

    84.Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, Ky.)

    85.Dr. Russell D. Moore
    Senior Vice President for Academic Administration and Dean of the School of Theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, Ky.)

    86.Most Rev. John J. Myers
    Archbishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, N.J.

    87.Most Rev. Joseph F. Naumann
    Archbishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City, Kan.

    88.David Neff
    Editor-in-Chief, Christianity Today (Carol Stream, Ill.)

    89.Tom Nelson
    Senior Pastor, Christ Community Evangelical Free Church (Leawood, Kan.)

    90.Niel Nielson
    President, Covenant College (Lookout Mt., Ga.)

    91.Most Rev. John Nienstedt
    Archbishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

    92.Dr. Tom Oden
    Theologian, United Methodist Minister; Professor, Drew University (Madison, N.J.)

    93.Marvin Olasky
    Editor-in-Chief, World Magazine; Provost, The Kings College (New York)

    94.Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted
    Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix

    95.Rev. William Owens
    Chairman, Coalition of African-American Pastors (Memphis, Tenn.)

    96.Dr. J.I. Packer
    Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College (Canada)

    97.Metr. Jonah Paffhausen
    Primate, Orthodox Church in America (Syosset, N.Y.)

    98.Tony Perkins
    President, Family Research Council (Washington, D.C.)

    99.Eric M. Pillmore
    CEO, Pillmore Consulting LLC (Doylestown, Pa.)

    100.Dr. Everett Piper
    President, Oklahoma Wesleyan University (Bartlesville, Okla.)

    101.Todd Pitner
    President, Rev Increase

    102.Dr. Cornelius Plantinga
    President, Calvin Theological Seminary (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

    103.Dr. David Platt
    Pastor, Church at Brook Hills (Birmingham, Ala.)

    104.Rev. Jim Pocock
    Pastor, Trinitarian Congregational Church (Wayland, Mass.)

    105.Fred Potter
    Executive Director and CEO, Christian Legal Society (Springfield, Va.)

    106.Dennis Rainey
    President, CEO, and Co-Founder, FamilyLife (Little Rock, Ark.)

    107.Fr. Patrick Reardon
    Pastor, All Saints' Antiochian Orthodox Church (Chicago)

    108.Bob Reccord
    Founder, Total Life Impact, Inc. (Suwanee, Ga.)

    109.His Eminence Justin Cardinal Rigali
    Archbishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia

    110.Frank Schubert
    President, Schubert Flint Public Affairs (Sacramento, Calif.)

    111.David Schuringa
    President, Crossroads Bible Institute (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

    112.Tricia Scribner
    Author (Harrisburg, N.C.)

    113.Dr. Dave Seaford
    Senior Pastor, Community Fellowship Church (Matthews, N.C.)

    114.Alan Sears
    President, CEO, and General Counsel, Alliance Defense Fund (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

    115.Randy Setzer
    Senior Pastor, Macedonia Baptist Church (Lincolnton, N.C.)

    116.Most Rev. Michael J. Sheridan
    Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs, Colo.

    117.Dr. Ron Sider
    Director, Evangelicals for Social Action (Wynnewood, Pa.)

    118.Fr. Robert Sirico
    Founder, Acton Institute (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

    119.Dr. Robert Sloan
    President, Houston Baptist University (Houston)

    120.Charles Stetson
    Chairman of the Board, Bible Literacy Project (New York)

    121.Dr. David Stevens
    CEO, Christian Medical and Dental Association (Bristol, Tenn.)

    122.John Stonestreet
    Executive Director, Summit Ministries (Manitou Springs, Colo.)

    123.Dr. Joseph Stowell
    President, Cornerstone University (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

    124.Dr. Sarah Sumner
    Professor of Theology and Ministry, Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, Calif.)

    125.Dr. Glenn Sunshine
    Chairman of the History Department, Central Connecticut State University (New Britain, Conn.)

    126.Luiz Tellez
    President, The Witherspoon Institute (Princeton, N.J.)

    127.Dr. Timothy C. Tennent
    President, Asbury Theological Seminary (Wilmore, Ky.)

    128.Michael Timmis
    Chairman, Prison Fellowship and Prison Fellowship International (Naples, Fla.)

    129.Mark Tooley
    President, Institute for Religion and Democracy (Washington, D.C.)

    130.H. James Towey
    President, St. Vincent College (Latrobe, Pa.)

    131.Juan Valdes
    Middle and High School Chaplain, Florida Christian School (Miami, Fla.)

    132.Todd Wagner
    Pastor, WaterMark Community Church (Dallas)

    133.Dr. Graham Walker
    President, Patrick Henry College (Purcellville, Va.)

    134.Alexander F. C. Webster
    Archpriest, Orthodox Church in America; Associate Professorial Lecturer, The George Washington University (Ft. Belvoir, Va.)

    135.George Weigel
    Distinguished Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center (Washington, D.C.)

    136.David Welch
    Houston Area Pastor Council Executive Director, US Pastors Council (Houston)

    137.Dr. James Emery White
    Founding and Senior Pastor, Mecklenburg Community Church (Charlotte, N.C.)

    138.Dr. Hayes Wicker
    Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church (Naples, Fla.)

    139.Mark Williamson
    Founder and President, Foundation Restoration Ministries/Federal Intercessors (Katy, Texas)

    140.Parker T. Williamson
    Editor Emeritus and Senior Correspondent, Presbyterian Lay Committee

    141.Dr. Craig Williford
    President, Trinity International University (Deerfield, Ill.)

    142.Dr. John Woodbridge
    Research Professor of Church History and the History of Christian Thought, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, Ill.)

    143.Don M. Woodside
    Performance Matters Associates (Matthews, N.C.)

    144.Dr. Frank Wright
    President, National Religious Broadcasters (Manassas, Va.)

    145.Most Rev. Donald W. Wuerl
    Archbishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

    146.Paul Young
    COO and Executive Vice President, Christian Research Institute (Charlotte, N.C.)

    147.Dr. Michael Youssef
    President, Leading the Way (Atlanta)

    148.Ravi Zacharias
    Founder and Chairman of the Board, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (Norcross, Ga.)

    149.Most Rev. David A. Zubik
    Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh

    150.James R. Thobaben, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Professor, Bioethics and Social Ethics, Asbury Theological Seminary (Wilmore, Ky.)
    Dennis E. McFadden, Ex Mainline Baptist (in Remission)
    Atherton Baptist Homes, Alhambra, CA, President/CEO, Retired
    Emmanuel Lutheran Church, LCMS

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    Man... call me a cynic, but this kind of stuff really just makes me shrug my shoulders. I guess it's good to have written declarations that clearly and systematically spell out biblical positions on issues like this, but ... meh.
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    Practically it doesn't do much, but it is nice to see a broad spectrum of "religious" leaders support biblical teaching on these issues...
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    This is a good start. I pray more things like this will take place.
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