Christian politicians unite to change tone of public debate

Christians in Politics and Christians in Parliament are releasing a joint statement of unity today, signed by Christian Politicians from across the political spectrum. 

Whilst already united in faith, the shocking death of Jo Cox has been a further call to change the tone of the debate and disagree well. As Christians in Politics, we have heard stories where local church life has become tense alongside other stories of fantastic discussions conducted in a spirit of unity. It is with this in mind that the #Disagreewell campaign has sought to encourage Christians and Churches to engage in a constructive manner.

David Lammy MP said this week “Disagreement shouldn’t be followed by threats of violence, inflammatory language & vitriolic abuse”. The call to disagree well is one that Christians will need to continue to demonstrate beyond this Thursday’s referendum.

Watch the video behind the #Disagreewell campaign here.


STATEMENT BEGINS

Last week, we began writing a different letter. It called for a change in tone on the EU referendum debate. It called on voters of the Christian faith to turn away from the typical political discourse dominating this decision, and to find inspiration in a kinder, deeper framework of guidance for their vote.

Tragically, the terrible death of our dear friend and colleague Jo Cox MP has now indeed marked a sea change in the tone of the referendum debate. The tensions felt up and down the nation before her death have in part been defused by a national outpouring of unity. Unity in grief. Unity in shock. Unity in condemnation of the politics of division. 

There is a Franciscan Prayer which urges "May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart. May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace." Jo Cox was blessed with endless anger at injustice. In her memory, let us vote thoughtfully for a more just and hopeful world.

Jonathan Reynolds MP, Chair, Christians on the Left.

Baroness Sal Brinton, President, Liberal Democrats & Liberal Democrat Christian Forum.

Tim Farron MP, Leader, Liberal Democrats, Vice Chair, Christians in Parliament.

Rt Hon Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP, Vice Chair, Christians in Parliament, Democratic Unionist Party.

John Glenn MP, Parliamentary Chairman, Conservative Christian Fellowship.

Rt Hon Stephen Timms, MP, Chair 2012-2016, Christians on the Left.

Jeremy Lefroy MP, Conservative Member for Stafford.

Rt Hon Sir Desmond Swayne MP, Conservative Member for New Forest West.

Mark Scott, Christians in Politics.

Claire Mathys, Director, Christians in Politics (Liberal Democrats)

Dr Andrew Flannagan, Director, Christians in Politics (Labour)

Colin Bloom, Director, Christians in Politics (Conservatives)


 

Rose

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