Magazine article The Christian Century

Unholy Row on God's Place in EU Constitution. (News)

Magazine article The Christian Century

Unholy Row on God's Place in EU Constitution. (News)

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Calls for placing a reference to God in the text of a new European Union constitution have been provoking lively debate in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe.

Some members of the convention charged with drafting an EU constitution have been urging that the document mention faith in God as a source of truth and justice.

But the suggestion has baffled some participants in the constitutional convention. "What on earth has God to do with a constitution?" asked Lena Hjelm-Wallen, a former Swedish deputy prime minister and a convention member.

"I thought it was a joke when I first heard that members of the Swedish Christian Democrats wanted God and religious values to be mentioned in the preface to the new constitution," said Hjelm-Wallen.

One proposal is that the convention adapt the wording of the Polish constitution to state: "The [European] Union's values include the values of those who believe in God as the source of truth, justice, good and beauty as well as of those who do not share such a belief but respect these universal values arising from other sources. …

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