Back the Referendum Campaign and Sign the Petition Christianity & the European Union The European Union is becoming a new Europe needs the Gospel of Christ legal entity. But the proposed Rejection by the European As Europe attempts A Europe Union of Christ reflects a to define who we which Constitution makes deliberate decision to base EU are it cannot do so disavows its no mention of the laws upon Enlightment by denying a major past, role Christianity has humanism rather than component of our denying the played in securing Europe's Christian heritage. European identity. It fact of Good government requires is time to build on a religion, democracy and politicians to work in co- common cultural, and which preserving open and operation with the Creator God. moral and religious heritage. has no free societies. Join Ram Gidoomal CBE Europe’s history can only be recognition of the Leader, Christian Peoples Alliance understood by acknowledging spiritual dimension will this campaign for the influence of the religious This petition for a referendum be greatly impoverished. the recognition of on the draft EU Constitution components which have formed Most Rev Mario Conti Europe's shared deserves wide support. Given the identity of Europe and The Archbishop of Christian heritage the rich Christian traditions inspired the formation of the Glasgow that are imprinted upon our European Union. A reference to and for a own historic constitution, why God and our Christian Heritage is referendum of the should Britain exchange its not a threat to Europe, However I British people on own political birthright for a believe exclusion of such a proposed European mess of potage? reference is a threat to the whether to approve European Union. Lord Alton of Liverpool the draft document. Crossbench peer Dana Rosemary Scallon MEP JEREMIAH 6 VERSE 16 or email firstname.lastname@example.org • www.cpalliance.net Write to: CPA, PO Box 932, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 1HQ or call 020 8408 9304 your souls.” European Union. Join us today. The CPA needs help from supporters like you to help transform the will find rest for conception to natural death. nations. It will campaign for a Europe where life is given respect from walk in it, and you a radical approach to social justice and trading relations with developing Peoples Alliance will fight to uphold marriage and family life and will take good way is, and fresh choice. 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PLEASE PHOTOCOPY AND USE IN YOUR CHURCH OR LOCAL GROUP The Petition for the Recognition of Christ in the European Constitution and for a National Referendum To the honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled The Humble Petition of Residents of the United Kingdom Sheweth The European Constitution, drawn up by the Convention on the Future of Europe has excluded in its Preamble any mention of the role of the Christian faith in the culture, values and democratic heritage of Europe. For over a thousand years, the British Monarch has affirmed in the Coronation ceremony the central role of Christianity. Parliament in turn recognises in prayer each day its reliance on a higher authority for wisdom in reaching decisions. These acknowledgements of Christ are signs of Britain's dependence upon a sovereign God. Adoption of the European Constitution in its current form will formally end the pledge in the British Constitution by our head of state to subject the rule of government to that of Christ. Such an action would displace the recognition of Christianity in the British constitution and elevate the collective will of the European states. The European Constitution is finalised at an Inter-Governmental Conference in December 2003 and may be ratified by the Houses of Parliament early in 2004. Her Majesty's Government has stated that ratification is not required by the British electorate in a national referendum. However, the proposed constitutional treaty marks a significant change of status in the relationship of the European Union member states and the formal creation of a new state. Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your honourable House will: • Ensure the continuation of the recognition in our public life that all human power or responsibility is derived from God, • Affirm that nations and rulers are subject to God, receive their authority within God's ordinance and are accountable to God for their exercise of responsibility. • Amend the preamble to the European Constitution to recognise the sovereign Lordship of Christ over Europe and the role of the Christian faith in the culture, values and democratic heritage of Europe. • Enact legislation to allow the British electorate to express its acceptance or otherwise of the proposed constitutional treaty through a simple majority in a national referendum the outcome of which would be legally binding on the legislative and executive institutions of the state. And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c SIGNATURE NAME ADDRESS TICK to (PLEASE PRINT) (incl. 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