Christian Union Party
|Christian Union Party|
|Leader||Dermot Halligan, MP|
|Deputy leader||John McHugh, MP|
|Founded||31 August 1973|
|Headquarters||3 St.Catherine's Road, Sanctus, Sanctaria|
|Ideology|| Christian Right|
|International affiliation||National Sovereignist|
The Christian Union Party (also known as the CUP) is a Christian democratic political party in Sanctaria. Founded in its present form in 1973; it grew out of mainly Sanctarian Catholic fundamentalists and supporters of the Papal States. It also found voters in those who were anxious of the move from Church control to a state ran by the people.
Public awareness of the party was first achieved due to the Church of Sanctaria officially backing the party in the first ever elections in 1974. With the Papal States dissolved, most voters flocked to the Christian Union Party, weary of change and hopeful of continued catholic leadership.
As part of Christian social teaching, the party emphasises social justice; commitment to the "poor, the elderly and the vulnerable". Based on Church of Sanctaria, it also supports reconciliation between classes, nations and peoples. The CUP has also voiced advocation of environmentalism when considering economic policies. An important part of the party's outlook is respect for life, manifested in opposition to "abortion as a form of contraception, euthanasia, cloning and practices that directly or indirectly violate or de-value human life". The CUP holds that traditional marriage and the family in general are essential bases for all social cohesion.
Policies and Stances
All of the CUP's policies can be summarised as:
- Recognition of Christ's sovereignty (supreme authority) over the nations and in politics.
- Respect of [the Judeo-Christian]-God's law as the basis for constitutional government and a stable society.
- Reconciliation among nations, races, religions, classes, gender and communities [with god]
- Respect for human life given by the God.
- Social Justice to address wrongs and provide restitution to the wronged.
- Peacemaking, by addressing the causes of wars.
- Open, transparent government, which subjects itself to debate and critique.
Christian democracy is sometimes described as to the left economically, however it is social, not "socialist". The Christian Union Party rejects class struggle doctrine and supports a mixed market economy, with an emphasis on the community, social solidarity, support for social welfare provision and some regulation of market forces. The central theme being social justice, responsible charity and an emphasis on "people before profit". A holistic approach to care, which moves beyond mere financial assistance, as well as help for those in danger of being pushed to the margins of society, like the homeless and disabled.