Tim Montgomerie: The Conservative Party can’t afford to lose core churchgoing voters

Interesting article over on ConservativeHome written by Tim Montgomerie urging the Conservative Party to build better relations with Christians and other faith communities, who have “similar moral outlooks”.

Aside from the “Gay Marriage” aspect of the article which is a topic I simply will not engage with further, it’s an encouraging piece and one the Labour Party could do with taking serious note of.

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10 Responses to “Tim Montgomerie: The Conservative Party can’t afford to lose core churchgoing voters”

  1. Gordon Says:

    In Ghana the evangelicals, charismatics and Muslims cooperate because they have a shared moral position on sexual issues. Not so in the UK – yet.

  2. Phil Wood Says:

    Thanks for drawing my attention to this. Montgomerie rather assumes a latent ‘Tory party at prayer’ approach to the Christian constituency. Our church is more the Green Party at prayer, so not inclined to bribery by way of tweaks to charity law. I agree that there is an issue around the funding of religious organizations but it would make far more difference if the ‘Big Society’ meant something other than a smokescreen for draconian budget cuts.

    As for the Christian constituency and political affiliation, I doubt God carries any party membership. That said, I’m glad to suggest heaven is a left of centre kind of place: http://radref.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/do-tories-make-bad-christians.html

  3. Goy Says:

    In hoc signo vinces†

    @Gordon,

    Scratch the vox pop surface and you will find some scary theopolitical alliances in the U.K. right now.

  4. webmaster Says:

    That was an interesting comment Goy.

    Can you say any more on the theopolitical alliances?

  5. Goy Says:

    In hoc signo vinces†

    @webmaster,

    Your rapid response was a shock, at this point because of the deliberate convoluted politicking, heterodoxy and moral ambiguity it is difficult to describe the political shape that is forming, definitely not christian thats for sure.

  6. webmaster Says:

    “definitely not christian thats for sure”

    Oh OK, I thought you meant alliances across the religions which took me by surprise.

  7. Goy Says:

    In hoc signo vinces†

    Multi-theopolitical mysticism appropriating parts of all the religions to justify their warped political ideology.

    Who knows what to call this shapeshifting political beast?

  8. Gordon Says:

    Goy does have a point here. There is a lot of sucking up to religious bodies going on at the moment. Especially where a religion’s moral view may suit someone else’s political view. There is an increased recognition that the churches and religions are still quite powerful in forming opinions and government and politicians are starting to jump on this.

  9. Phil Wood Says:

    I return to Montgomerie’s root assumption: that there is a fundamental connection between Conservative and Christian moral outlooks. Presumably he means to translate the supposed latent Christian majority into an actual Tory majority. So, is Christian ‘mainstream’ right or left of centre? How do Christian values like social justice, peacemaking, family values or the dignity of human life translate into political form? It isn’t as simple as religious conservatives joined at the hip to political Conservatives. How do ecological commitments play out for example when we take account of political, ethical and spiritual issues? When I’m rubbing shoulders with the local Greens I’m very much aware of that ‘theopolitical mysticism’ and interfaith alliances, though I don’t regard either negatively.

  10. Goy Says:

    In hoc signo vinces†

    To clarify ‘multi-theopolitical mysticism’ was particularly aimed at the present day Conservative Party and its deep blue halo.

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