And now Fr Tim - His Hermeneuticalness - draws our attention to The Westminster Declaration, a UK initiative modelled on The Manhattan Declaration of which you may have heard.
The text of the Westminster Declaration reads :
We the undersigned are Christians who believe that protecting human life, protecting marriage, and protecting freedom of conscience, are foundational for creating and maintaining strong families, caring communities, and a just society.
In signing the Westminster 2010 Declaration of Christian Conscience we commit ourselves to worship, honour, and obey God, to exercise social responsibility in working for the common good, and to be subject to all governing authorities and obey them except when they require us to act unjustly.
We call upon all parliamentary candidates to pledge that they will ‘respect, uphold, and protect the right of Christians to hold and express Christian beliefs and act according to Christian conscience’.
You can sign the Declaration here, and I urge you to do so : if only to show the strength of Christian opinion to those standing in the forthcoming General Election.
(The Declaration website also has a list of lead signatories, and you can also print out hard copy pages to display in Church, get people to sign who don't have Internet access, &c.)