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Christian Unity Party

Christian Unity Party
Kristent Samlingsparti
Leader Morten Selven
Founded 26 September 1998
Merger of New Future Coalition Party
Christian Conservative Party
Ideology Christian right
Christian fundamentalism
Political position Far-right[1]
Colours Blue
Website
www.kristentsamlingsparti.no
Politics of Norway
Political parties
Elections

The Christian Unity Party (Norwegian: Kristent Samlingsparti, KSP) is a conservative Christian[2][3] and fundamentalist[4][5] political party in Norway without parliamentary representation. The party's ideology is based on literal interpretation of the Bible, traditional values, and opposition to reforms in the Church of Norway.

Contents

  • History and ideology 1
  • Elections 2
    • Parliamentary election results 2.1
  • Party leaders 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History and ideology

The Christian Unity Party was founded on 26 September 1998 with the merging of the New Future Coalition Party and the Christian Conservative Party.[1][6] The party won a single representative in the Kautokeino municipal council in the 1999 local elections.[7][8]

The party's first years were marked by internal strife, mainly due to conflict over whether women should be allowed to hold posts in the party. Party leader Ivar Kristianslund was against women holding posts, but gained little support for this position and founded a fundamentalist splinter party after a court ruled in 2001 that Ørnulf Nandrup was the legitimate new leader of the party.[9][10] During Kristianslund's leadership the party's ideology maintained that the Constitution of Norway was a gift from God to the Norwegian nation, stressed the divine right of the King of Norway, and wanted to abolish parliamentarism and restore Norway's original political system as of 1814.[4][11] The party had around 1,000 members before the split.[12]

After this the party has said that its ideology is very different from what it was in its early days, but the party still maintains strongly conservative Christian policies, holding the Bible as the highest authority of society.[13] The party focuses on moral Christian values such as the traditional family and protection of the weak, and the party opposes abortion, same-sex marriage and immigration, especially from Islamic countries. The party supports economic liberalism, which it believes is most in accordance with the Bible. In foreign policy it is opposed to Norway joining the European Union, wants Norway to withdraw from the European Economic Area and the Schengen Agreement, and instead maintains strong support for the United States, NATO and Israel.[14]

In the 2009 election campaign, pastor Jan-Aage Torp, the top candidate for Oslo, produced a graphic anti-abortion video that was shown three nights in a row on the TV 2 evening news, due to its controversial nature.[15][16] The party has also received attention as segments of the party have appeared as members of radical anti-Islam groups.[17]

Ahead of the 2015 local elections the party announced that it would suspend all its activities after agreeing to cooperate with The Christians Party.[18]

Elections

Parliamentary election results

Year # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/–
2001 6,742 0.3
0 / 169
0
2005 3,911 0.1
0 / 169
0
2009 4,936 0.2
0 / 169
0
2013 1,722 0.1
0 / 169
0

Party leaders

References

  1. ^ a b Samles i nytt kristent parti. Verdens Gang. 29.08.1998.
  2. ^ Allern, Elin Haugsgjerd (2010). Political Parties and Interest Groups in Norway. p. 184. ECPR Press. ISBN 9780955820366.
  3. ^ "De Kristne størst av minipartiene". Nettavisen. 10.09.13.
  4. ^ a b Brekke, Torkel (2011). Fundamentalism: Prophecy and Protest in an Age of Globalization. pp. 140-141. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781139504294.
  5. ^ "En fundamental protest". Klassekampen. 06.08.2012.
  6. ^ "Nytt parti opprettet". Dagbladet. 27.09.1998.
  7. ^ KS stiller lister i hele Norge
  8. ^ http://www.nrk.no/nordnytt/guovdageaidnu---kautokeino-kommune-1.200933
  9. ^ http://www.nsd.uib.no/polsys/index.cfm?urlname=parti&lan=&MenuItem=N1_3&ChildItem=&State=collapse&UttakNr=87&DokNr=5133&Dokumenttype=3&Partikode=217
  10. ^ http://www.idag.no/aktuelt-oppslag.php3?ID=1538
  11. ^ Fra Kristent Samlingspartis valgprogram 2001
  12. ^ "Nytt parti for menn". Stavanger Aftenblad. 02.11.2001.
  13. ^ Eskatologiske forestillinger i Kristent Samlingsparti, p. 58
  14. ^ Program - Kristent Samlingsparti
  15. ^ http://www.idag.no/aktuelt-oppslag.php3?ID=16459
  16. ^ http://www.vg.no/nyheter/innenriks/stortingsvalget-2009/gravide-trenger-ikke-abort-propaganda/a/563666/
  17. ^ http://www.dagen.no/Innenriks/Frykter_antiislamisme_kan_inspirere_til_vold-2241
  18. ^ "Kristent Samlingsparti (KSP) går inn i Partiet de Kristne(PDK)". Kristent Samlingsparti. retrieved May 2015.

External links

  • (Norwegian) Kristent Samlingsparti (Christian Unity Party) - Official website
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