Sorry I came late to this post. I get where you’re coming from with the ‘not being comfortable with espousing anti-Christian rhetoric.’ That’s at least 2 ppl on these boards who’ve basically left because of it & who knows how many more didn’t join in the first place, because of it.
We have to look at this & find an agreed strategy.
What has religion [ any religion; mainstream, alternative or otherwise ] got to do with politics? You can be one or the other in my book, but not both. So is M Party a religion or a political party & movement?
I think we’ll mostly agree it’s a political party & movement. You just have to look at the problems thrown up previously in Northern Ireland & on-going in the Middle East to realize the mess that evolves when mixing religion with politics.
If most ppl agree so far, then as a political party we can’t be seen to favour or denounce any religions over any other. Banning them would only drive them underground & lead to hatred & resentment of the M Party.
If we’re against the influence of mainstream religions in schools, we can only promote the restriction of the amount of time spent on religous studies in mainstream state schools.
We can also promote that religious worship should stay in the churches & other places of worship, outwith schools & colleges. But i reckon that’s about it, in realistic terms. The Christian churches are 2000 years old in the founding & M Party will be turning up in the voters lives relatively 5 mins ago, in the grand scheme of things. Likewise with Judasm & Islam, which are even older than Christianity.
The ideas on this thread about setting up soup kitchens, helping the poor & the homeless etc… are defo on the right track though. That would be ‘playing [ & hopefully beating ] religion at its own game’ - if it were to come to fruition. That part would probably be better to be organized & promoted by meritocracy ‘movement’ rather than ‘party.’
Thanks for lending your ears