Christian Party of Austria
|Founded||October 15, 2005|
Social conservatism |
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It changed its name under its new chairman Rudolf Gehring in late 2009, partially due to concerns by the Catholic Church over the use of the term "Christians" to mean only the party.
The party was registered on January 23, 2006, and presented to the public on September 27, 2007, when it announced a popular initiative ("Volksbegehren") on the topic of children and families and that it would contest the 2008 election in Lower Austria.
In the 2008 parliamentary election, the party received 0.64% of the vote.
Rudolf Gehring, the party's chairman, announced he would run for president in the 2010 election. He received 5.44% of the vote for third place, the party's highest vote percentage in a national election to date.
The party is oriented mainly on Christian politics, advocating, for example:
- Revoking the recognition of same-sex unions
- Giving parents the right to vote for their children
- Maintaining religious symbols in schools
- Outlawing (or maintaining the illegality of) abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research and artificial insemination
- Protection of the belief in a Creator God, stating that the importance of this belief "demands respect from other creeds and atheists" as well
- A referendum on EU membership or withdrawal