Christian Unity Party
|Christian Unity Party|
|Founded||26 September 1998|
|Merger of||Christian Conservative Party and New Future Coalition Party|
|Politics of Norway
The Christian Unity Party (Norwegian: Kristent Samlingsparti, KSP) is a conservative Christian and fundamentalist 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 Norwegian Church.
History and ideology
The Christian Unity Party was founded on 26 September 1998 with the merging of the Christian Conservative Party and the New Future Coalition Party. The party won a single representative in the Kautokeino municipal council in the 1999 local elections.
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 and Finn Thoresen were against women holding posts, but gained little support for their position and left the party after a court ruled in 2001 that Ørnulf Nandrup was the legitimate new leader of the party. 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.
Today, the party says 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. 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 holds libertarian economic policies, 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.
2009 parliamentary election
During the 2009 election campaign, Pastor Jan-Aage Torp, the top candidate for Oslo, produced a pro-life, anti-abortion video, that was shown 3 nights in a row on TV2. The video was heavily criticized by leaders of Stortinget.
|Year||Result, Parliamentary elections||Year||Result, County elections|
- Ivar Kristianslund (1998–2001)
- Ørnulf Nandrup (2001–2010)
- Morten Selven (2010–)
- Political Parties and Interest Groups in Norway
- Fundamentalism: Prophecy and Protest in an Age of Globalization
- "Opplysninger fra Partiregisteret". Brønnøysund Register Centre. Retrieved 30 December 2009.
- Samles i nytt kristent parti
- KS stiller lister i hele Norge
- Eskatologiske forestillinger i Kristent Samlingsparti, p. 57
- Fra Kristent Samlingspartis valgprogram 2001
- Eskatologiske forestillinger i Kristent Samlingsparti, p. 58
- Program - Kristent Samlingsparti
- (Norwegian) Kristent Samlingsparti (Christian Unity Party) - Official website
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