Saturday, August 30, 2008

Christian Heritage Party solicits pro-life support

Christian Heritage Party leader Ron Gray is trying to garner pro-life support and has written this public letter.

He writes:

The Conservative Party now stands fully exposed: they are just as anti-life as the Liberals, NDP, Bloc, Greens, and Marxist-Leninists.

Well, no. The Conservative Party is as "anti-life" as those other parties. Their caucaus has large numbers of pro-lifers, and they do not have a pro-abortion platform.

What is more, they are anti-democratic, imposing their dogmatic pro-abortion views on Parliament—even denying their own MPs a chance to debate the most important issue before the nation.

Not true. Bill C-484 is not dead, as far as I know. It's that the Conservative government will be working towards a bill similar to C-543, to make pregnancy an aggravating factor in sentencing.

Of course, there's a punchline. Ron Gray wants more members:

First, as many pro-lifers as possible should generate a massive wave of memberships in Canada’s only pro-life, pro-family party, the CHP.

There's a problem with that, Ron.

It's in the Guiding Principles of the party.

This is a party intended for Protestant Christians.

The Guiding Principles says:

The Holy Bible to be the inspired, inerrant written Word of God and the final authority above all man's laws and government.

According to whose interpretation? The Catholic interpretation, the Evangelical interpretation, the Anglican interpretation?

Are we going to allow gambling in this country? Alcohol? Dancing?

See, this is problematic.

I believe that signing on to that would be heretical.

I also have a problem with a party that has a religious litmus test. I do not believe that a party should exclude on the basis of religious faith (or lack thereof). All people of good will who share the policy goals of the party should be allowed to be members.

This is the policy of my party, the Family Coalition Party of Ontario.

Second, all pro-life organizations should publicly declare their support for the CHP in the soon-to-be called federal election.


I have this really radical idea: if you want a group to support you, you have to do something for them.

What has the Christian Heritage Party done for pro-life groups? Has it managed to get anyone elected? No. Has it engaged in wide-scale activism? No. Has it launched any other initiatives to further the pro-life agenda? No.

I feel an overweening sense of entitlement, here. You earn votes, you don't expect them.

Conservative MP's have tried to advance the pro-life agenda in parliament. In other words, they are further ahead than the CHP on this matter.

Third, every Canadian deserves an opportunity to vote CHP. We still have some openings for candidates in electoral districts across Canada.

And who's going to provide the money for that? And the signatures?

I'm not saying this to be mean. Take it as constructive criticism.

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