Christian People's Alliance warns of 'secularist capture of political parties'
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Britain’s political order is moving further and further away from its Christian roots and needs the church community to respond by bringing renewal and hope, says the new leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance, Sid Cordle MBE. In an end of year message to the party’s thousands of supporters, Mr Cordle said that the forces of secular fundamentalism had captured Britain’s ruling political elites.So, let us be clear about this. The CPA's proposed solution to the 'secularist capture of political parties' is to call all Christians out of those political parties and urge 'people of goodwill in the churches' to campaign for them. Believers are to cease being salt and light in the darkness, and huddle around the illuminating vision of Sid Cordle MBE 'to promote the social teachings of the churches'.
Pointing to the deliberate targeting of the least well off to carry the burden of the Coalition’s deficit reduction plan, to the commitment to spend billions on renewal of the Trident nuclear missile system and to the attack on Christian marriage as examples of a skewed moral outlook, Mr Cordle said Christians in 2013 need to re-engage with the political order:
“Our party is planning a serious fight in the 2014 European elections, where voters nationally will have the opportunity to give their verdict on the Coalition. As PR voting will be used, I urge people of goodwill in the churches to come forwards as candidates and campaigners for the Christian Peoples Alliance. It is in European elections that other smaller parties have first made a break through and we must do the same."
Speaking to a church congregation in London which gave loud cheers to his address, Sid Cordle explained that Christian Democratic parties had emerged across Europe in response to the advance of secularism and need for a Christian voice in politics. Christian Democrats are now present in almost every national assembly.
He said Britain needed a party such as the Christian Peoples Alliance to promote the social teachings of the churches. And Mr Cordle pointed to same-sex ‘marriage’ plans that were not in any party manifesto or the Queen's Speech, as the prime example of the Coalition’s abandonment of Christian morality.
"By contrast witjh the emerging secular establishment, the Queen in her Christmas message encouraged the nation to respect the teachings of Jesus Christ. The CPA is seeking to do this in ways which other parties aren't - and that includes parties on the far right who love to wave the flag - but who show scant regards to Jesus's teaching of care for the foreigner in our midst."
The Christian Peoples Alliance is also pointing to how the ‘lists’ of EU candidates that will be entered in PR elections in 2014 will be controlled by the secular party elites, who are responsible for the attack on church teaching.
Meeting in its final National Executive meeting of the year, the CPA made selection of European and Westminster candidates a priority for the New Year. It approved a 6 Point Election Plan:
1. Candidates will be selected as soon as possible in every region for the next European elections and preparation made for putting a leaflet through every door.
2. Candidates to be selected from now on with the aim of having one in every seat in the country in the General Election 2015 and again a leaflet through every door in the country.
3. All God's people all over the country to be invited to engage with the vision.
4. All elections between now and then to be used as a means of advertising the party and increasing awareness of it. That includes local elections where we should encourage all activists in the party to get their names on the ballot paper.
5. To revive area parties focusing first on Newham and to select candidates now for local elections in 2014.
6. To believe God at every level that He will provide the resources we need to fulfil the vision. We must not put money first. We must put the vision first and trust God to provide resources for it.
Sid Cordle, who last year completed the London Marathon in under 3 hours plans to do his first ultra run of 50km, over 30 miles, on 17th February 2013 to help raise funds for the party. He is hoping for sponsors from a broad spectrum of people. He concluded:
"With a lot of people giving something we can raise the necessary finances. We are not a party who rely on a few wealthy backers. We need a large number of people to vote with their wallets and we think they will."
The CPA will now start urgently looking for candidates for the European Parliamentary elections in 2014 with a view to completing the selection process shortly after Easter 2013.
Will this be the corporatist, collectivist Roman Catholic Social Teaching, or the more Protestant Anglican version? And what of the even more Protestant Puritan or Calvinist views? What do they advocate of capitalist economic organisation? What of militarism, nationalism and expansionism? Which church rejects as dogma renewal of the Trident nuclear missile system?
That's the problem with Christian parties: the spirit of authoritarianism lurks somewhere and someone has to play pope. Only the elite are invited to join the conclave, or, failing that, they develop a committee for nominations, theology and policy to exert an authoritarian moral worldview. You will not address the 'secularist capture of political parties' by forming a separatist political God-squad.