Subscribers to Reddit's atheist community approach the number of signatories to the religious right's Manhattan Declaration
On January 15, 2012 At 10:03 pm
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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 "of Christian conscience" were rising by the second. In 2010, the Kentucky House of Representatives introduced a resolution that "united their hearts in common purpose" to the Manhattan Declaration.
Despite all the fanfare in announcing the Manhattan Declaration, which organizers proclaimed to be "as close to being inspired as anything outside the Bible and similar to the Constitution in its authenticity and its authority," it is still short of 500,000 signatures. As of this writing and more than two years after its introduction, the Manhattan Declaration website shows that there are 492,610 signatories.
The atheism community on Reddit was created on January 24, 2008, without the fanfare and publicity that the Manhattan Declaration received. Unlike the churches, religious groups and state legislatures standing behind the Manhattan Declaration, r/atheism does not have an official promoter and grows on its own, from user interest.
As of this posting, the subscribers to r/atheism number 404,743 — just 87,867 less than the fans of the Manhattan Declaration.
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