COMMENTARYThe background is a concrete case where there is no correspondence between life and learning when a Christian Democrat elected by people acts as a priest. Stortingsrepræsentant Geir Jørgen Bekkevold dedicated this summer KrF & # 39; s communications manager Mona Høvset to her female partner. It has caused a storm of criticism within the KrF. More than 100 members have signed out and have different requirements that Bekkevold is no longer the party policy spokesperson for the party. The case was discussed at the meeting of the Central Board of KrF on Thursday and Bekkevold gained full confidence.
– It was one self-critical central government that pointed out that we had underestimated the explosiveness of this matter, and not least that this could be seen as a political change from KrF's side. That's not right, KrF leader Knut Arild Hareide said. He confirmed that KrF still raised the marriage between husband and wife as a good and stable framework for the child's maturity. On the other hand, Hareide emphasized that the party also points to the importance of legal frameworks for gay people.
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KrF & # 39; s gay problem is just in these two sentences. The party tries to ride two horses at the same time. The spagat becomes extra difficult to stand in when there are wings that focus on the sentence that fits best. The conservative Christian members refer to the marriage between women and men, while the more generous can show that KrF also "has a responsibility to secure other forms of dedicated coexistence".
Will KrF again could become a great Christian festival, then the party must hijack voters in both camps. Now the problem is that KrF is losing on both fronts. In various polls KrF was under the magic barrier limit of four percent. Against this background, it will be extra exciting to see what concrete direction KRF is going to put into practice. The first signals we receive during the autumn.
KrF has tradition to distinguish between religion and politics. That is why Hareide, and now also the central government of KrF, prevented Bekkevold from working as a priest other than the electorate. The church has a more open picture of a homosexual marriage than what the KrF stands for. The challenge, however, is that many in the basic plan in KrF have difficulty accepting that two languages are spoken, because it is unclear what the political message of KrF is.
It belongs at home with the story that Bekkevold had previously informed the management and parliamentary fact that he would do the current wedding ceremony. And now Hareide admits that he has underestimated the explosiveness of the case. We have so far received no answer on what the option should have been. It hurts to clamber.