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School childrenA new booklet from the Scottish Government telling schools to promote ‘gay rights’ has prompted concern that parents will be denied a say in what their children learn.

It tells Scottish schools to teach pupils about homosexual issues, run ‘diversity events’ for teachers and parents, and adopt a specific lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) ‘charter of rights’.

The booklet advises that “in some cases – and probably very rarely – a small minority of parents/carers may not agree with the school’s position on these issues and the necessity for this work.

“However, this does not mean that it should not go ahead.”

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Christian Institute, 28/01/2009

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Peter Carr (Guest) 05/02/2009 12:23
"Could a message such as “vote for family values and morality”” Vote SCP” combined with a brief resume of our policies for work and the economy have had more impact?"

You, have hit the nail on the head, and I do hope that your fellow SCP'ers listen to your wisdom!

I was also involved during that campaign whilst living in Inverness, and was very aware of the negative responses that SCP were getting from both inside and outside of the church.

SCP really do have a wonderful God given opportunity in the current moral and economic climate to be a force for good, if they can cut their evangelical cloth to suit!

Let's hope others pick up on this valuable conversation that we are having.
Penny Lee 05/02/2009 12:39
I tend to agree here. I think some of the comments about SCP by other Christians were a bit harsh but I do agree that they should be focussing more on the moral stance. It would, I feel, be perfectly acceptable to say that they stand for the Christian values which have been such a cornerstone of our society and want to try and restore them.

This way, they are unashamedly Christian but also aware of the political changes which desperately need to be made. Were they to rethink how they put themselves forward, I would definitely vote for them. Please ditch the "Proclaiming the Lordship of Christ" slogan. It means nothing to the average voter and puts many off as it smacks of 'loony religious sect.'
Peter Carr (Guest) 05/02/2009 14:20
Is there scope to explore this more widely in a deicated thread?
Peter Carr (Guest) 05/02/2009 14:25
"I tend to agree here. I think some of the comments about SCP by other Christians were a bit harsh..."

It depends on where they were coming from with their comments, i.e. were they like me involved in the campaign? Did they have insider knowledge? Critism is often helpful if given with the right motives and can lead to real change required to move things/people/movements on.
Penny Lee 05/02/2009 15:26
't depends on where they were coming from with their comments, i.e. were they like me involved in the campaign? Did they have insider knowledge? Critism is often helpful if given with the right motives and can lead to real change required to move things/people/movements on.'

Agree, but sometimes the criticism has to be given straight between the two parties. I just feel that non-Christians take great joy in seeing disagreements between Christians and, for that reason alone, it is maybe better to keep it out of the public domain.
Peter Carr (Guest) 05/02/2009 15:34
"...for that reason alone, it is maybe better to keep it out of the public domain."

Disagree, it would be lacking integrity and transparency in my opinion to give false impressions about the Christian faith that we are perfect, goody 2 shoes who never have fallouts or disgreements. Surely the Reformation taught us that if nothing else!
Tom Forrest (Guest) 05/02/2009 16:26
We should not be seen as being some sort of secret society, the SCP should be seen to be a truly democratic party where the opinions of others are taken into account. Perhaps now is the time to discuss the SCP in a dedicated thread, we are now detracting from the original point of this one.
Editor 05/02/2009 17:45
Just an 'admin' note. If you wish to discuss this openly then (a) start a new threat in the "Debate" area of the site (Go to 'Home>Forums>Debate') or (b) I can put a short article (just a 'header') in the 'Christians and Politics' section of the site. The article and evolving discussion could be made public or private (and the 'privacy' status can be changed back and fore at any time).
Perhaps those who are interested to have the discussion could supply me with a 'header' question to get it kicked off. From where I sit, it seem that three of the main issues are (a) should there be a Christian party at all (b) if so how should it formulate and present its policies and (c) how do Christians engage with and support Christian politicians in the mainstream parties.

I will also shortly be sending out a note inviting expressions of interest from those (site members) who are particularly interested in the political domain.

However if you wish to have a private discussion, then I will create a short article (just as a 'header') and put it into the 'site-members-only' section
Tom Forrest (Guest) 05/02/2009 21:15
Perhaps the question should read: How do we take the SCP forward as a credible political party?

The general concensus as I understand it is that the SCP can evolve and fight the next election with the correct policies and a more open approach to the electorate.I personally feel that the discussion should be as open and public as possible. A dedicated thread would be most appropriate.
Editor 06/02/2009 11:46
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