Christian Unity Party

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This article is about the party named "Kristent Samlingsparti". For the minor 1993 party "Det Kristne Samlingsparti", see Christian Unity Party (1993).
Christian Unity Party
Leader Morten Selven
Founded 26 September 1998
Merger of Christian Conservative Party and New Future Coalition Party
Ideology Christian conservatism[1][2]
Christian fundamentalism[3][4]
Colours Blue
Website
www.kristentsamlingsparti.no
Politics of Norway
Political parties
Elections

The Christian Unity Party (Norwegian: Kristent Samlingsparti, KSP)[5] 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[edit]

The Christian Unity Party was founded on 26 September 1998 with the merging of the Christian Conservative Party and the New Future Coalition Party.[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 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.[9][10][11] 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.[3][12]

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.[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 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.[14]

Elections[edit]

2009 parliamentary election[edit]

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.

Election results[edit]

Year Result, Parliamentary elections Year Result, County elections
2001 0.3% 2003 0.1%
2005 0.1% 2007 0.1%
2009 0.2% 2011 0.1%

Party leaders[edit]

  • Ivar Kristianslund (1998–2001)
  • Ørnulf Nandrup (2001–2010)
  • Morten Selven (2010–)

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