The Christian Institute

News Release

Christians publish votes of MPs on moral issues

The Christian Institute is today publishing the voting records of MPs on fourteen important moral issues ranging from human cloning and abortion to divorce law reform and the age of homosexual consent. In each case we say whether the vote was morally right or morally wrong according to our Christian beliefs.

Anyone can look at the Institute’s website (http://www.christian.org.uk) and get the voting record of any MP in the last Parliament.

Colin Hart, Director of the Institute said today

“Many ordinary people care a great deal about moral and family values.

At the last election many MPs spoke in Church meetings and pledged their support for family values. Our website gives people the opportunity to see what actually happened.

We want to encourage Christians to question all their candidates on their beliefs. We are highlighting twenty moral issues where we believe MPs in the next Parliament are going to have to make a choice one way or another.

The Labour and Conservative Parties have certainly made strenuous efforts to interest Church people in their policies. The Christian Socialist Movement and the Conservative Christian Fellowship have held high profile events with their respective party leaders and invited prominent Church leaders along. The Liberal Democrat leader has made no secret of his Roman Catholic roots, his opposition to euthanasia and his support for reducing the time period for abortions.

We welcome the fact that many Christian charities are raising concerns such as International Development. We believe it is also right and proper that Christians raise some of the basic moral issues affecting the young and the old in this country.

Some of the issues of concern

The election is a good opportunity for Christian people to raise their concerns with politicians. For example, Christians are concerned about the growing pressure to legalise euthanasia or to further de-regulate gambling. They do not support laws which unfairly restrict religious broadcasting or attack the freedom of Churches to employ Christians. Christians also want to see marriage, family values and the Christian sexual ethic supported in public policy. That means rejecting attempts to liberalise the divorce laws and give homosexuals the right to adopt children and marry.”

Examples of voting records from the internet database:

Sample Voting Record #1 (A Labour MP who has served for two parliaments):

Voted against ‘no-fault’ divorce

Voted for a 2 year waiting period prior to divorce

Abstained or was absent on the vote for removing the ban on homosexuals joining the armed forces

Voted against reducing the homosexual age of consent from 18 to 16

Abstained or was absent on the vote for allowing greater freedom for religious broadcasting

Voted against repealing Section 28 in 2000

Voted against research using human cloning

Voted for preventing euthanasia

Sample Voting Record #2 (A Labour MP who has served for three parliaments):

Voted against “mainly Christian” Religious Education throughout England and Wales in 1988

Voted against Section 28 in 1988

Voted against banning experiments on human embryos

Voted for keeping the abortion limit at 28 weeks

Voted against making doctors specify the handicap when allowing abortion up to birth

Voted for a public register of pro-life doctors

Voted for ‘no-fault’ divorce

Voted against an 18 month waiting period prior to divorce

Abstained or was absent on the vote for removing the ban on homosexuals joining the armed forces

Voted for reducing the homosexual age of consent to 16

Abstained or was absent on the vote for allowing greater freedom for religious broadcasting

Voted for repealing Section 28 in 2000

Voted for research using human cloning

Voted for preventing euthanasia

KEY:

According to our Christian beliefs:

= A morally right vote.

= A morally wrong vote.

= No vote cast either through absence or abstention. Under the Parliamentary system it is not possible to say which. (This symbol is also used where the notes need to be consulted).

For Example:

Voted for mainly Christian Religious Education

Voted against mainly Christian Religious Education

Absent or abstained on vote for mainly Christian Religious Education