The Christian Democratic Party "Salt and Light" newsletter has just come out. The first section is about the recent federal election. Titled "CDP SUCCESSFUL FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN", it puts an interesting interpretation on the word successful. I would have thought a successful campaign meant candidates actually won seats.
What is not explored in the newsletter is:
Could it be that Rev Fred Nile's hard line anti-gay approach over the years has been an embarrassment to many who call themselves Christians. And that Rev Nile has failed to realize that he is no longer considered the spokesperson for Christians or the Church in Australia.
- Why are other Christian political partys starting up?
- Why would current Christian political partys not want to be aligned with Fred Niles Christian Democratic Party?
- Why would current Christian political partys give their preferences to other parties instead of the Christian Democratic Party?
1. CDP SUCCESSFUL FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN
NSW Senate Team, led by Robyn Peebles, have achieved close to 68,000
first preference Number 1 votes and thousands (?????????) of Number 2
votes. However, due to unfavourable preferencing by other Christian values parties, we were prevented from having Robyn elected.
It is a tragedy that other minor parties actively combine to prevent
CDP winning a Senate seat in spite of the very high CDP primary vote by
the people of NSW.
Our results showed the CDP
vote was greater than Family First, Rise Up Australia and the CDP vote
was also greater than DLP, the Shooters and Fishers’ Party, Katter’s
Australian Party and One Nation.
Sadly, in spite of the high profile of the CDP, other Christians decided to form new Christian political parties which only helps to fragment the Christian vote so no one wins!
Rev Hon Fred Nile MLC
For some reason this conversation on Twitter ended abruptly.
© Anthony Venn-Brown
Anthony Venn-Brown is the co-founder and former leader of Freedom2b, Australia’s largest network of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people from Christian backgrounds. He is also an educator and consultant on LGBT/faith issues and leader in deconstructing the ‘ex-gay’ myth. Anthony’s autobiography 'A Life of Unlearning', details his journey from married, high profile preacher in Australia’s mega-churches to living as an openly gay man. Anthony has been twice voted ‘One of the 25 Most Influential Gay and Lesbian Australians’ (2007 & 2009) and was one of four finalists for the 2011 ACON Community Hero Award. He is also the founder and director of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International.
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