My home municipality of Nacka is governed by a coalition of right-wing parties. (This, in Sweden, means that our local politics are somewhat to the left [!] of the US Democratic Party.) Aard regular Lennart Nilsson is the chairman of the Nacka section of the Liberal Party, Folkpartiet. I just received a fresh copy of the local newspaper, Nacka VÃ¤rmdÃ¶ Posten, whose main front-page headline reads “Folkpartiet politician: ‘The Christian Democrats have Medieval moral views’“. Interestingly, this is one of the governing coalition’s members criticising another. And who is the Christian-bashing politician? None other than our own Lennart! Said he on his party’s blog on 30 April (and I translate):
“On the debate pages of Dagens Nyheter, the Christian Democrats demand a plan to save marriage and the nuclear family. Two of the party’s MPs, erstwhile chairman Alf Svensson and Mikael Oscarsson, continue the party’s attempts to scramble up over the 4% level [i.e. entry level for Parliament] through completely bizarre statements. The most basic societal problem in the view of these two gentlemen is divorce and the disintegration of the nuclear family. Thus far, no surprises from a right-wing Christian and morally conservative party with Medieval leanings.
But now the party wants to take this quite a few steps farther. Now ‘… Parliament and government together with the relevant administrative bodies have to take action to promote marriage and the family as institutions.’ And not only that, ‘… all areas of politics must be suffused with a family perspective. All political decisions must be accompanied by a consequence analysis demonstrating their impact on families. A plan must be set out to strengthen marriages and families.’
In short, all democratic decisions should be aligned with the Christian Democrats’ Medieval moral views. Political decisions cannot be allowed to be neutral with regard to people’s choices when it comes to forms of cohabitation. Divorce and other immorality must be abolished, that is, people should be forced to remain in crashed marriages in order to fit in with the Christian Democrats’ idea of the good life. The most basic freedoms and rights of the people should be limited and replaced with religious fanaticism.
When the authors write, “… now let us see the government take the next step, well before the 2010 elections, to show that it represents a new, modern family policy”, I cannot but agree. Though this new, modern policy should of course entail a ‘nay’ to benefits for stay-at-home parents and ‘yea’ to gender-neutral marriage legislation!”
Go Lennart! I’d personally never vote for your party because of your downsize-government ideology, but it’s great to hear a voice of reason from the sleepy hallways of Nacka Town Hall! Gotta kick the fundies out of office!
Let me tell you, Dear Reader, it’s great to live in a country where the Christian Right can hardly get into Parliament and where run-of-the-mill Dominionist statements piss the right wing off most mightily.