(Original post by Kolya)
- Their policy on homosexuality is a large cause for alarm. I see no problem with homosexuality, and so am strongly turned away by comments by the BNP that it spreads "moral turpitude" and that presentation of homosexuality should be kept out of schools and the mass media. The National Press Officer for the BNP said that he personally would like homosexuality to be recriminalized. It would be very difficult for me to vote for a party that supported such a position of homosexuality, no matter how much I wanted a complete halt of immigration.
Personally speaking, i have no problem with homosexual individuals or its practice as i think people should be free (where it is between consenting adults) to do what they wish in the bedroom.
BUT there is a problem with homosexuality
for the nation. Namely, homosexuality precludes reproduction and thus the continuation of an individualls genes. Theoretically, if everyone was homosexual the human race would die out. In this sense it is a defficiency in a societies fitness - a society with a lower proportion of homosexuals is a fitter society.
As i have already said i don't think homosexuality should be criminalised or denied equal rights as other citizens but it does have an effect on wider society which should not be ignored either.
From this position i think the government's pro-homosexuality rhetoric is pottentially dangerous, it should not be 'encouraged'. The BNP should be neutral on the issue, rather than pro- which i what i think labour is.
I dislike the idea of bringing back "traditional Christian values" and "traditional Christian worship" in schools. I am a strong secularist, so that policy would turn me off the BNP. A secular humanist who was strongly opposed to immigration would have to think carefully before voting for the BNP and their traditional Christian agenda. Why aren't the BNP more friendly to those of no faith?
I have no faith either and i have the same concerns as you on this point. I would prefer if the BNP took up a secular position. It would actually make most sense for them to be officially agnostic as so much of their ideology is rooted in darwinism.
I think the references to christian values are an attempt to bring on board a few christians, but i see nothing wrong with the values they want to bring back. Less promiscuity, greater care for other people, greater moral awareness etc would be good and in some ways i am not to bothered if these are derived from christianity - if they help delivery the better society we desire.
I dislike compulsory national service because I cannot see how to reconcile service in the British armed forces with a dedication to Just War Theory. How would they treat those with serious ethical objections to compulsory national service?
I imagine they would be exempt from service just like they were when britain used to have national service, you could opt out on moral grounds.
Regarding history teaching, I think it is extremely important to have a thorough understanding of world history. By understanding world history, we will be better placed to deal with diplomatic disputes, will understand the variety of cultures that exists across the globe, and will be more able to appreciate works from international writers.
I think the BNP would agree with you 100% on this, the point of that policy is not to ignore other parts of the world. It is to study BOTH british history and world history. You need to understand your own history in order to understand who your country is in the world. Present history teaching is ideologically focussed on liberalism (women's voting, black civil rights movement, 60's hippies etc), communism and the holocaust and is taught as history-lite.
I think everything should be studied in as much depth as possible for a truly broad understanding.
I think university faculty should be appointed solely on merit, rather than taking into account their ideological views.
I think the point in the manifesto was NOT to interfere with admission, infact it was to RESTORE balance to university campusses which are at the moment totally dominated by a small minority of hardcore left-wingers. Most unis have undemocratic anti platform policies in place, for example, which bar views like the BNP from being aired - pretty hypocritical huh?. This sort of thing is what should change. I think uni campuses should be politically neutral if possible, which would promote participation. Rather than the left wing whitwash we have at present and most students do not participate in student politics partly as a result of this.
Surely you don't disagree with me on these straightforward positions? There are other issues that may be more heated (such as capital punishment), but how can you support the BNP on the less fraught points that I have raised?
I hope i've addressed your concerns.