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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

ECPM Resolution on the reference to God in the Lisbon Treaty

A resolution on the reference to God and to the Jewish-Christian inheritance of Europe in the Lisbon Treaty has been endorsed by ECPM members during the 16th General Assembly of ECPM on the 11th of May 2018.

Europe owes its very existence as a separate continent to its embrace of Christianity after it was spread from the Middle East during the apostolic age. ECPM warns that attempts of European political powers to deny the Christian foundations of the free democratic basic order of Europe, could lead to the breach of law, freedom, common good and democracy, and therefore appeals to the European Council to reconsider and to include the reference to the Lord God and to the Judaeo-Christian inheritance of Europe in the Lisbon Treaty.

On the 11th of May 2018 during the ECPM General Assembly in Bratislava, Slovakia, Bündnis-C President Karin Heepen presented this resolution on behalf of ECPM member party Bundnis-C - Christen für Deutschland, Germany. The ECPM members have voted in favour of this resolution. The full text of the resolution is available below this article.

 

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ECPM Resolution on The reference to God and to the Jewish-Christian inheritance of Europe in the Lisbon Treaty - Tabled by Bündnis C – Christen für Deutschland, Germany
(Accepted during the ECPM General Assembly on 11 May 2018, in Bratislava, Slovakia)

The General Assembly of ECPM, gathered on the 11th of May 2018 in Bratislava,

Recalling that Europe owes its very existence as a separate continent to its embrace of Christianity after it was spread from the Middle East during the apostolic age,

Recalling that in its Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant manifestations Christianity has nourished the flowering of cultures, the striving after virtuous living and the development of both national and European identity,

Underlining that the inviolable and inalienable accredited rights of the human person, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law as well as the humanistic qualities of the European society are advanced by Biblical ethics,

Warning that attempts of European political powers to deny the Christian foundations of the free democratic basic order of Europe, could lead to the breach of law, freedom, common good and democracy,

Reminding of the refusal to include a reference to God or Judaeo-Christian heritage in the European Constitutional Treaty in 2004, and the following rejection of it by referendum in France and in the Netherlands in 2005, as well as remembering the subsequent financial and economic crisis in Europe to the point of Brexit,

Pointing out that Islam is streaming into a religious vacuum in Europe and it requires as dialogue partner strong institutions in the Christian faith,

With regard to mighty Christian revival movements within the European young generation and to the current return of European nations to their Christian inheritance, exemplified by the first publically celebrated Thanksgiving Day in the Ukraine on September 17th in 2017, incorporating 150 000 participants,

Appeals to the European Council to reconsider and to include the reference to the Lord God and to the Judaeo-Christian inheritance of Europe in the Lisbon Treaty, and to amend article 2 and 4 of the preamble as follows:

"DRAWING INSPIRATION from the cultural and Judaeo-Christian inheritance of Europe, from which have developed the universal values of the inviolable and inalienable rights of the human person, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law,

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CONFIRMING their attachment to the principles of liberty, democracy and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and of the rule of law, wherein they are bound in responsibility to the Lord God and to the people of Europe".