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Religion and Politics

Religion and politics are not compatible in modern society.

For all those who think we get our morality from religious texts, we, at the NPP understand this to be incorrect.

There is a lot of research into this area from the fields of psychology and social psychology. Moral psychology has been researched extensively, and a theory has been organised:

Moral Foundations Theory

With the understanding that religion is a superstition, not a way of life, from our perspective, we would prefer to keep religion out of politics. So if your particular religion is also a way of life, then our party isn’t for you, as we use a more scientific, rational and logical approach to policy.
We believe that good people are divided by religion and politics. Here is a book about it:

The Righteous Mind

There are also a number of videos on that site.

Religion and Education

We believe that education and religion are also incompatible. Evidence in child psychology studies shows that children under the age of 8 cannot differentiate between fact and fiction. It is thus our policy to remove all forms of religious education for under 10 year old children.

We will post studies on this in due course. Suffice to say, fewer than 2% of children under 16 identify as Christian, which extends to being religious. Is it then fair and representative for the CoE to run one third of all schools in the UK, and have Christian influences in the remaining schools? We think not!

If you read the studies, you will see that it is not in the interests of children to have mythology forced upon them at such young ages.  No child chooses religion. It is always by way of the parents.
Not having the cognitive capabilities to differentiate fact from fiction is considered a mental disability under the age of reason, and it is with this in mind that all policies for religious studies are aimed at affording only rational adults the theological education necessary for religion.

This does not prevent a family from following their religion in the confines of their own home or place of worship. It is simply stating that it will not be taught in any public arena outside of religious buildings.

As a policy-maker, it is not our place to remove religion. That is your choice. But it is our place to represent the best place for religion to flourish and the only way to do this going forward is to ensure a secular government that allows the freedom of expression for ALL religions.

By now you are getting the point about our Non-Partisan Party and what we stand for. We are not dictators who say they wish to ban all religion. We are saying it is not right for children to be taught religion in schools if the bent is towards “truth” and morality. Instead, we do what is best for the population of the country, and in numerous studies, the best solution for a country is secularism. If you disagree with this sentiment, then feel free to vote for another party. Or simply look at the evidence. In a country run by any religion, the other religions suffer. In a country that is secular, ALL religions benefit equally. Britain is becoming more secular as time passes.

Why aren’t there any humanist schools?

Faced with the proliferation of faith-based schools this is a question that humanists often ask.

The primary answer is this:

  • Because the BHA campaigns positively for integrated inclusive schools for children of all faiths and none. It would be no less ethically unsound and socially divisive to set up overtly humanist schools in a pluralistic society than it is to set up religious schools.

And in addition:

  • Because many schools without a religious character more or less meet our ideal in their ethos and values. If collective worship was ended and RE became universally objective, fair and balanced (and included non-religious views such as Humanism), community schools would indeed be exactly what we would want a school to be – open and accommodating to all.

Religious faith is a private matter for families and communities, to be accommodated but not supported or favoured by the state and its schools. The BHA respects human rights and has no objection to optional worship or optional religious instruction.

 

Islam and England

A controversial topic and one that causes the Left to kowtow to all kinds of faux-liberal pressure. The NPP offers the following as the most appropriate way forward for Europe as well as England. We do not speak for Scotland and Wales. When we say we are Non-Partisan, this includes non-religious bias. It has been argued that the only way to allow the future of religious freedom in the UK is to ensure a secular government under which all religious ideolgies are protected. We obviously respect your right to believe, even if we do not believe ourselves.

Islam is not merely a religion, it is a totalitarian ideology with global aspirations. Islam uses the religious element as a means to project itself onto non-Islamic societies, which is manifest in the historical and ongoing expansion of Islam.

A multitude of groups, movements and multi-national organisations are actively pursuing this agenda globally, including in the UK.  These organisations differ in their strategies, tactical approach and their message, but the common denominator is the desire to promote Islam and project Islam’s societal model of a divinely ordained theocracy across the world.

Islam does not accept the separation of religion from state, but seeks dominance over all aspects of human life and society. Whereas we see religion as part of life, Islam sees life as part of the religion. This is not ‘Islamism’ or a minority view by extremists, this is basic Islamic doctrine. While only a small number of Muslims actively pursue this agenda, Islam’s divine law makes it the duty of all Muslims to contribute to this effort according to their abilities. No other religious ideology in our time has both the doctrinal aspiration as well as the economic and demographic muscle to impose itself globally.

It is our core policy that all attempts to impose Islam’s theocracy and Shari’ah law on our Non-Partisan society must be stopped by democratic means, before the demographic, economic and socio-political realities make a peaceful solution impossible.

The Non-Partisan Party will seek to enact the policy proposals outlined in the white paper “Practical Steps to Stop Islamisation”, published by Q Society of Australia Inc in February 2014.

These proposals include a 10-year moratorium on all resident visa categories for applicants from member countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Exceptions shall apply to the humanitarian intake of persecuted non-Islamic minorities from OIC countries.

Further, we will require for accredited Islamic organisations in the UK to formally accept the supremacy of English law (excluding Scotland) and universal human rights over Islamic doctrine and Shari’ah law. For example: full face coverings in public spaces shall be prohibited.

We will seek to prevent the implementation of any aspect of Shari’ah finance, Shari’ah courts and the influence of local or foreign Shari’ah councils over English institutions, our economic system and our supply chain. Among the proposed measures is the mandatory labeling of products and services from companies that have taken out halal certification, the implementation of the ‘user pays’ principle for halal certification schemes and an end to religious discrimination in England’s secular organisations.

Christianity and England

You will hear many people state that ours is a Christian country. This is not strictly true. Before Christianity was forced upon us, first by Roman Catholicism, then diluted to the Church of England, there were Pagans. How far back should we go?

The point is: secularism is the way forward for every thinking human in the UK. Only under a secular government can all religions expect equal rights.

Taxation and The Church

We sometimes hear from such people as the ArchBishop of Canterbury about how the government should distribute its taxes to be more inclusive of the poor, but fail to mention their £8 Billion in assets and more land ownership than anyone else in the country. The Church of England could end poverty in the UK tomorrow, but they prefer to invest in Amazon shares whilst decrying Amazon’s employment standards.

The hypocrisy of the church knows no bounds, and it is for many reasons that we feel the church should be taxed, and lose its charity status. There is more to come on this topic, as we build the case for our position.