Christian Party

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The Christian Party (incorporating the Scottish Christian Party and Welsh Christian Party) is a political party whose primary purpose "is to Proclaim the Lordship of Christ"[1]. Founded in 2005, the party has entered candidates for UK Parliament, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and European Parliament elections.

The current leader is Jeff Green.

Stance on Skeptical Issues

The party's 2009 Pre-Election Manifesto Draft, and apparently final Manifesto for the 2010 UK general election, is available at: http://www.scottishchristianparty.org.uk/documents/Draft_Manifesto_2009.pdf

Freedom of Religion

The party's website includes a Statement of Faith which includes the following points[2]:

3. We believe the Holy Bible to be the inspired, infallible, written Word of God to whose precepts, given for the good of nations and individuals, all man’s law must submit.
4. We believe all government to be under the authority of God and that the purpose of government is the maintenance of freedom and justice solely in accordance with biblical principles.

Abortion

In their 2009 Pre-Election Manifesto Draft, in the section on "Respect for the Human Person"[3][4] a series of bullet points state the party will:

  • Oppose abortion.
  • Seek the nationwide provision of pro-life pregnancy care services, including provision of accommodation for women made homeless by pregnancy, pregnant women with special needs and one-parent families.
  • Oppose moves to impose abortion on Northern Ireland.
  • Introduce random audits of abortion cases to verify compliance with present legislation. Where breaches are found prosecutions should follow and clinicians investigated by their appropriate professional bodies.
  • Call for the legal acknowledgement of post-abortion trauma as a women's disease, thereby ensuring recognition for the millions of women who have been violated, and make available funding for post-abortion counselling.
  • Withdraw government aid from any agency which promotes abortion or euthanasia.
  • Challenge the culture of death by seeking legislation which confers the full protection of the law on all human life from the conception until natural death.

The Scottish Christian Party website states that:

"The Scottish Christian Party believes that the life of the unborn child should be protected to the full extent of the powers available to the Scottish Parliament. We will campaign for full human rights to be given to the unborn child, thus acknowledging the child’s humanity from conception."[5]

Science Education

The party's 2009 Pre-Election Manifesto Draft, in the section on Education, states that:

The Science curriculum should reflect the evidence of creation/design in the universe.[6]

And that the party will:

Ensure that proper balanced teaching and debate occurs in schools around the concepts of ‘Evolution’ and ‘Creation/Design in the universe’.[7][4]

Sex Eduction

The party's 2009 Pre-Election Manifesto Draft, in the section on Education, states that the party will:

  • Call a halt to plans to give sex education lessons in Primary Schools.
  • Call for sex education classes to be given only to secondary schoolchildren on a parental opt-in basis.
  • Ensure that chastity before marriage and faithfulness within marriage as the best and safest sexual practice will be taught and promoted as an integral part of any sex education curriculum.
  • Call for the end of the promotion and teaching in schools of homosexuality as a family relationship.[7][4]

Climate Change

In their 2009 Pre-Election Manifesto Draft, in the section on the Environment[8][9], it states that:

The Christian Party recognises that there are very simple God-given ways to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. For example, the observance of a weekly Sabbath day of rest would create a huge reduction of carbon emissions.

and:

The planting of trees would provide a natural mechanism for extracting excess CO2 from the atmosphere. As natural consumers of CO2 trees render unnecessary high technology solutions for reducing the levels of CO2. The Christian Party will promote the planting of trees throughout the United Kingdom and the world and oppose the destruction of the world’s forests.

It also states that the party will:

  • Press for substantial cuts in CO2 and other greenhouse gases to meet the imperative of keeping global average temperature increases as far below 2C as possible. This requires cuts in the range of 25-40% below 1990 levels by 2020.

Science Research

The party's 2009 Pre-Election Manifesto Draft, in the section on "Respect for the Human Person", states that:

"We also seek to end the conception of human beings for destructive experimentation. With regard to embryonic stem cell research, there are other ways of finding stem cells for medical research that are not morally and ethically questionable. Our aim is to end the intentional conception of human embryos purely that they may be killed for their parts. Medicine, especially gynaecology and obstetrics, has been corrupted as it has moved away from the age-old principles of Hippocrates."[10][11]

References

  1. http://www.christianparty.org.uk/
  2. http://www.christianparty.org.uk/purpose.html
  3. http://www.scottishchristianparty.org.uk/documents/Draft_Manifesto_2009.pdf page 46
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 http://www.christianparty.org.uk/policies.html
  5. http://www.scottishchristianparty.org.uk/policies/health-in-scotland/
  6. http://www.scottishchristianparty.org.uk/documents/Draft_Manifesto_2009.pdf page 20
  7. 7.0 7.1 http://www.scottishchristianparty.org.uk/documents/Draft_Manifesto_2009.pdf page 24
  8. http://www.scottishchristianparty.org.uk/documents/Draft_Manifesto_2009.pdf page 35
  9. http://www.scottishchristianparty.org.uk/policies/environment/
  10. http://www.scottishchristianparty.org.uk/documents/Draft_Manifesto_2009.pdf page 46
  11. http://www.scottishchristianparty.org.uk/policies/respect-for-the-human-person/

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