Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Religion and the Law - secular questions for the party? 

Now then, following the various strong secularist words inspired by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s recent remarks, do we have a problem with people seeking candidate approval if they have a religious background?

Let’s for example take the Quakers. Individual Quakers have been known to break the law as a matter of religious conscience in the past, and others may do so in the future.

The Religious Society of Friends offers its members the ‘Advices and Queries’ for their comfort and discomfort. This is what A&Q 34 and 35 say:

34 Remember your responsibilities as a citizen for the conduct of local, national, and international affairs. Do not shrink from the time and effort your involvement may demand.
35 Respect the laws of the state but let your first loyalty be to God's purposes. If you feel impelled by strong conviction to break the law, search your conscience deeply. Ask your meeting for the prayerful support which will give you strength as a right way becomes clear.

Are Quakers too dangerously religious to be accepted as LibDem representatives?

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