[quote author=ytterbiumanalyst link=topic=24897.msg385538#msg385538 date=1260750527
We all know that "sanctity of human life" is conservative code for "supportive of a federal ban on abortions." If you want to talk about life issues beyond abortion, why not mention capital punishment? Poverty relief? Universal education? Universal health care? Banning of practices such as strip mining that harm the life of our planet and its inhabitants? Where are these life issues? No, the writers of this declaration are too caught up in the politics of sex to think about any of these issues.
Do we all really all know what is code for this or that?
You are being too cynical. The Declaration refers to some of the very things you mentioned. Furthermore, many in the pro-life movement have adopted a seamless garment ethic that opposes capital punishment.
Here are some things the Declaration actually states:
"A culture of death inevitably cheapens life in all its stages and conditions by promoting the belief that lives that are imperfect, immature or inconvenient are discardable."
"Our concern is not confined to our own nation. Around the globe, we are witnessing cases of genocide and “ethnic cleansing,” the failure to assist those who are suffering as innocent victims of war, the neglect and abuse of children, the exploitation of vulnerable laborers, the sexual trafficking of girls and young women, the abandonment of the aged, racial oppression and discrimination, the persecution of believers of all faiths, and the failure to take steps necessary to halt the spread of preventable diseases like AIDS."
"There is no more eloquent defense of the rights and duties of religious conscience than the one offered by Martin Luther King, Jr., in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Writing from an explicitly Christian perspective, and citing Christian writers such as Augustine and Aquinas, King taught that just laws elevate and ennoble human beings because they are rooted in the moral law whose ultimate source is God Himself. Unjust laws degrade human beings."
Finally, take a look at the signers. Yes there are some long-time culture wars warriors but the vast majority are people who have concentrated their labors in The Church or various Christian ministries, not politics. Some of the signers, such as Ron Sider, have urged a progressive leaning social agenda for decades. Not all are political conservatives.
Perhaps you should not be so knee-jerk against this and take the signers at face value as people of good will making a statement about issues that deeply concern them.