Manhattan Declaration

Over 530,800 signed the Manhattan Declaration, released in 2009. The Declaration offers a brash misrepresentation of reality:

Christian women stood at the vanguard of the suffrage movement.

Women’s rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a skeptical woman, followed more for her logic than religion. Lucretia Mott  opposed historic Christian doctrine and befriended atheists. Margaret Fuller was a Protestant transcendentalist who fought for women’s rights on rebellious, not religious grounds. Lucy Stone said of Christianity: “A wall of Bible, brimstone, church, and corruption has hitherto hemmed women into nothingness.” Matilda Joslyn Gage published a book about how Christianity oppresses women. By the 1880s, Susan Brownell Anthony, chastised by Christian religious groups, became agnostic. Ernestine Rose, a major women’s rights advocate, was an atheist who questioned God at the age of five.

Women’s Suffrage vanguards found Christianity contemptible.

The Manhattan Declaration promotes homophobia (“call on the entire Christian community to resist sexual immorality”), arrogance (“human beings created in the divine image”), and bigotry (“place orphaned children in good homes rather than comply with a legal mandate that it place children in same-sex households in violation of Catholic moral teaching”).