Christian party seeks Holyrood candidates
The Christian Peoples Alliance party in Scotland is looking for Christian activists to stand as candidates in this May’s Scottish Parliament elections.
The party ran cross-denominational candidates across Scotland in the last parliamentary elections in 2007, when it received backing from Bishop Devine of Motherwell and Bishop Tartaglia of Paisley.
Rob Smith is the new national co-ordinator for CPA in Scotland and says the contribution of Christians is vital to the future of Scotland.
“As Christian Democrats, we believe political pluralism is fundamental to the character of Scottish political and public life. So, to the challenge posed by Pope Benedict of how to answer ‘aggressive secularism,’ we urge Scottish Christians to get organised and seek an electoral mandate for Christian teaching,” he said.
“The Christian Peoples Alliance also exists to offer a democratic voice in Holyrood that will call the Scottish Parliament back to its historic roots in the Christian faith. We seek candidates and votes for that vision, who understand the times in which we live and how to answer the drive to secularise Scottish politics by winning votes.”
Mr Smith, a former tax collector, said he was standing as a list candidate for Mid Scotland and Fife in May to challenge secularisms creeping dominance of Scottish life.
“I want to stand up against creeping secularism and help Christians marginalised for their beliefs. I have ‘university of life’ experience and dislike the present law student/ political bag carrier/researcher approach of professional politicians,” he said. “Some will argue for being salt and light within the main parties but my view is that when money, power and position are offered, Christian principles are often dropped. We can challenge this.”
The Christian Peoples Alliance is asking Scottish Christians to consider supporting the party in various ways like prayer, financial support, standing on a regional list, visiting Church leaders and meetings and serving on a Scottish committee.
To find out more visit the Christian People’s Alliance website at http://www.cpaparty.org.uk.