human rights and electoral processes

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  • Human Rights & Electoral Processes
    • in the UK
      • 1998 the Human Rights Act was passed
      • The right to life/liberty/free-trial/respect for private life and family life/meet others/marry/civil partnership/ own property/education/ free elections
      • freedom from torture/slavery
      • freedom of though, conscience, religion and expression
    • Why it is important to Christians
      • sanctity of life- life is holy and belongs to God
      • believe that all people are made in the image of God, therefore it is important that everyone is treated fairly
      • Christians must have legal rights to belief in Christianity
        • to share their beliefs with others
          • to worship together
      • also means employers can't discriminate against Christians over jobs and pay etc
    • Why some human rights can cause problems for Christians
      • they are against the right for civil partnerships- they believe homosexuality is a sin
      • some are against the right to marry a person from a different faith
      • against the right for homosexuals to raise a family
      • if human rights were used to argue for the right for woman to become priests
    • Why is it important to take part in democratic & electoral processes
      • The UK is a democracy
        • every UK citizen over 18 is entitled to vote
      • every UK citizen over 18 is entitled to vote
      • you pay income tax on your wages and VAT and voting gives you some control on how much this is
      • The European Parliament has some control over EU spending
      • taking part gives you a chance to affect new laws which may be passed
      • the National Government is responsible for important things (armed forces, schools, NHS, benefits and pension. Voting gives you a say in these
      • your ancestors fought to have these electoral and democratic rights and so you should use them
    • Christian teachings on moral duties and responsibilites
      • The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats
        • 'At the end of the world, the Son of Man will judge everyone'
          • the parable shows it is the duty of Christians to help the poor and suffering by taking part in politics
      • The Golden Rule
        • Christians must use the Golden Rule when voting
          • Jesus said 'so in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets'


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