Will Christians swing the 2010 UK election?
By JUSTIN PARKINSON - BBC
Added: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 23:00:00 UTC
Thanks to Nozzer for the link.
Tony Blair's spokesman Alastair Campbell famously once said the prime minister didn't "do God" when talking to the media.
Religious pronouncements were kept to a minimum, for fear of risking the broad political support for the New Labour project.
Mr Campbell's simple words illustrate how Christianity is generally treated at Westminster.
Explicit mention of religion is seen as "un-British", a bit "American" and a "turn-off" to the electorate.
But, with a closely fought election in the offing and a desperate fight taking place for marginal seats, might candidates become more open about their beliefs if it means a few more votes?
The preacher Canon J John, a prominent figure within the evangelical community who wants Christians to become more politically involved, urges his fellow believers to "do our best to find out about our local candidates".
He adds: "We might want to ask whether they are genuinely committed to moral values or do they simply adopt whatever is the current fashionable view? Does the candidate place their party's ideology above everything else? Would they be prepared to vote against the party line on moral grounds?
"Are they grappling with the bigger issues or are they simply interested in small-scale, day-to-day matters? Perhaps, above all, we should ask whether potential candidates seek to be elected in order to serve their self-interest or the interest of others."