General Election 2010

With the general election being only weeks away, I thought it was time to see if there’s a political party that shares my views on religion.
I can’t find one, which is hardly surprising, considering religion is not something the UK electorate votes on, apart from in Northern Ireland, and having an anti-religion stance is likely to be a vote loser.

The problem with this of course is that if politicians don’t make their religious views known – and don’t tell us how this would affect the way they do their job, we may end up with another Tony Blair situation. Few people knew of Blair’s religious convictions when he became prime minister in 1997, but his religion played a big part in the way he ran the country, particularly regarding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also instigated the big rise in faith schools, something that is divisive, exclusive, and very much against what the Labour party has always stood for.

The three main political parties all have their own humanist / secularist groups, they may represent a minority at the moment, but it’s a start.

Conservative Humanist Association: http://conservativehumanist.net/

Labout Humanists: http://www.labourhumanists.org.uk/

Humanist and Secularist Liberal Democrats: http://hsld.org.uk/

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One Response to “General Election 2010”

  • There is a good article in the latest issue of New Humanist that compares the parties on religious issues. The Lib Dems are the most humanist friendly but they still have a long way to go. Look up Dr Evan Harris who is the LD MP for Oxford, a good friend of Dawkins, science and skepticism. It’s a shame I don’t live in a marginal constituency where the Lib Dems have a chance.

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