Good news from Europe…
Two European nations, long regarded as the vanguard of left-leaning liberalism-Holland and Sweden-are now showing signs of strong public desire for change.
According to Molly Moore of the Washington Post, Holland is re-thinking its "freewheeling" laissez-faire attitudes. She writes: "Today, with an Orthodox Christian political party in the government… the country that has been the world's most socially-liberal political laboratory is rethinking its 'anything-goes' policies."
W.B. Kranendonk, editor of a Christian newspaper (much like the legendary Abraham Kuyper-the home-schooled journalist/politician who was Prime Minister of Holland from 1901-05 as leader of the explicitly Christian ARP), notes that "People in high political circles are saying it can't be good to have a society so liberal that everything is allowed. People are saying we should have values; people are asking for more and more rules in society."
So in cities across the Netherlands, councils are closing shops where marijuana has been sold and smoked. Municipalities are shutting down brothels. Parliament may soon ban the sale of hallucinogenic "magic mushrooms". Christian MPs have introduced a bill to allow officials to refuse to perform 'gay' marriages on the basis of conscience, if they have moral objections. And authorities are working to curtail a group that sends sea-borne abortion mills to countries where abortion is still illegal.
The Christian Union Party, which now holds two of the 16 ministries in the multi-party cabinet of the coalition government formed this year, is being joined (surprisingly) by politicians from the left-centre Labour Party in an effort to rein in the Netherlands' legendary liberalism.
At the same time, Sweden-long the darling of Western socialists-is discovering, just as the Soviet Union did, that centralized "command" economies don't work. The new centre-right government of Frederik Reinfeldt is focusing on jobs and the economy, privatizing many state-owned industries and cutting Sweden's infamously high tax rates. Three cabinet portfolios in the Swedish Riksdag are now held by members of the Christian Democratic Party.
The work of openly Christian politicians in these two nations-long thought to be bastions of Secularism-shows that policies based on proven Biblical principles can win public support… if they're given a chance to be heard and considered.
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