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EUobserver / Lisbon Treaty strengthens role of religion says EU

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Securing a stronger consultative role for European religions in EU policy making is another good reason to support the Lisbon Treaty, say two of the EU's most senior officials.

Speaking after a meeting with European religious leaders on Monday (11 May), European Parliament President Hans-Gert Poettering said such discussions in the future could not be guaranteed without the full ratification of the Lisbon Treaty.

A number of religious and pro-life groups in Ireland are concerned that the Lisbon Treaty could allow abortion in "through the backdoor"

Mr Pottering said the annual inter-religious dialogue between European religious leaders and the EU institutions - formalised in 2005 - were carried out on the "basis of good will" rather than because of a legal obligation.

"If the Lisbon Treaty is not ratified, with the new leaderships in the commission and the parliament, they could abolish this dialogue because legally it's not binding," he said.

by Fran on Mon May 11th, 2009 at 02:20:41 PM EST
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Remember Pottering is a Christian Democrat - part of the EPP group that attempted to have "Europe is a Christian Land" inserted into the Lisbon Treaty.


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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon May 11th, 2009 at 03:57:02 PM EST
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A number of religious and pro-life groups in Ireland are concerned that the Lisbon Treaty could allow abortion in "through the backdoor"

Yes, obviously it's preferable to let a bunch of religious fanatics hijack the legislative agenda and tell everyone how they ought to lead their lives.

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by NordicStorm (m<-at->sturmbaum.net) on Tue May 12th, 2009 at 04:22:32 AM EST
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