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Imago Dei coalition to encourage respect for all people comment (0)

January 30, 2014


NEW YORK — A group of Christian leaders has set up a new campaign to emphasize that all people — gay, liberal, undocumented or otherwise — reflect the image of God.

Six Christian leaders, including Focus on the Family President Jim Daly, “Touched by an Angel” star Roma Downey and her producer husband, Mark Burnett, have created a coalition called Imago Dei, Latin for “image of God,” to encourage people to treat each other with respect.

“If we had the image of God in mind for every human being, we could change the world,” said Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, who is leading the cause. 

The campaign is intended to include all human beings, but it offers specific examples. “For the image of God exists in all human beings: black and white; rich and poor; straight and gay; conservative and liberal; victim and perpetrator; citizen and undocumented; believer and unbeliever,” the campaign states.

Rodriguez said it is not intended to target a specific group or issue. “We intentionally listed groups to capture the idea that there’s no exception to the rule,” he said. 

Rodriguez and Daly were included in a movement of religious leaders that created the Manhattan Declaration, a 2009 manifesto that emphasized protecting religious liberty and resisting abortion and gay “marriage.” 

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