Quotation Marks

Recent remarks on the Manhattan Declaration, Christians in Turkey, and invoking Jesus.

"Because the sanctity of human life, the dignity of marriage as a union of husband and wife, and the freedom of conscience and religion are foundational principles of justice and the common good, we are compelled by our Christian faith to speak and act in their defense."
The Manhattan Declaration, issued by 150 Christian leaders November 20.
ManhattanDeclaration.org

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"By reserving the right to resist laws they don't like, they forfeit the authority to intervene in the enactment of those laws, as they have done in the congressional debate over healthcare reform[.]"
The Los Angeles Times, on those who signed the Manhattan Declaration, in an editorial. The paper also said the declaration "might embolden … antiabortion terrorists."
The Los Angeles Times

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"For the first time, Turkish Muslims have witnessed Christians, not as tourists, but as praying pilgrims, whose devotion has made a lasting impression on the Turkish people."
Bishop Luigi Padovese, head of Turkey's Roman Catholic bishops' conference. Turkey last year allowed Christian services at St. Paul's Church at Tarsus.
Ecumenical News International

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"The injunction of Jesus to love others as our-selves is an endorsement of self-interest."
Brian Griffiths, member of the House of Lords and adviser to Goldman Sachs International, speaking in St. Paul's Cathedral.
Bloomberg



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