When religious right activists announced their Manhattan Declaration back in November 2009, they thought they'd have millions of signatures to the document which called for civil disobedience over issues like gay marriage and abortion. Supposedly, the numbers of enthused supporters were rising by the second.
Despite the fanfare and claims of enthusiastic support, some observers were skeptical. The document was characterized by Americans United for Separation of Church and State as a call to impose one form of religion over all others in America.
By September 2010, there were still less than 500,000 signatures. Jim Garlow wrote followers of the 40-day, 7 Mountains dominionist-endorsed Pray & A.C.T., urging them to sign and complaining that:
Allow me to be blunt. Since the majestic Manhattan Declaration was released in November 2009, less that one half million people have [electronically] signed it. How many believers are there in America? Tens of millions? A hundred million?
We need to commit to something that is well articulated and make it a “riveting” factor in our civic and national life. Frankly, there should be such a groundswell of support for the Manhattan Declaration, that it would actually become an election issue, with candidates referencing it in debates.
Trying social media to get support, Manhattan Declaration sponsors created an iPhone application in late 2010 to get more people to sign on to the declaration. iPhone users were so disgusted by it that they successfully petitioned Apple stop carrying the application.
The last time we reported on this was in March of this year, when the signature count listed on the Manhattan Declaration's website was 487,128.
Since March, another 3,076 have signed the application. The Manhattan Declaration website shows 490,204 signatures as of September 11, 2011.