PEACEFUL CHANGE ENCOURAGED                 Official Policy        Caveat
 
Citizens are encouraged to respect the laws and the authorities in Canada. Fundamental change is needed and is promoted, but the process of change must be peaceful. Violence, civil unrest or rebellion is not promoted by the party.
 
If the authorities of Canada decide to suppress and stifle this process, contrary to law and justice then there is no way to predict how the public might react.
 
The citizens and voters have the right to change their government and support a new constitution, if they want.
 
Hopefully the authorities of Canada will abide by democratic principles and respect the choices of the people. If they choose not to then this will cause problems.
 
 
No Religious State  and  No Combination of Church and State
 
House of Israel governments will be secular. There will be no combination of Church and State.
Our policy is to practice a strict separation of church and state.
  1. The constitution will recognize the need for a strict separation of church and state. The Governor General would be committed to insure the government remains secular.
  2. We will have a secular system, yet God's laws (some of them not all of them) as explained in the Bible shall be the foundation of our laws and policies in the constitution - but there will not be any spiritual connotations to this, since we shall defend citizens freedom of religion, and freedom of conscience.
  3. We will recognize and respect our Judeo-Christian heritage, yet will not promote officially any religion. This may on the surface appear to be a contradiction, but it isn't.
  4. The House of Israel will not officially recognize non-Christian religions. We will not cater to minorities - to the detriment of the Judeo-Christian heritage of the majority. This is to protect the Judeo-Christian heritage of the vast majority, and to insure we do not provide a beachhead for intolerant forms of religion, who may easily attempt to force their religion on us. This especially refers to militant, and fundamental Islam, and Sharia Law.
  5. We will break off diplomatic relations with Vatican City. Not because we dislike or hate Catholics, or the Pope, but simply because we shall have a policy of a strict separation of church and state. We will not have state to state relations with any religion or church.
  6. We would not permit any religious leaders to perform religious ceremonies prior to official government business, or official government ceremonies. We will not have any native elders performing any native religious ceremonies or saying prayers prior to any official government functions, ceremonies or business.
  7. We will not promote any kind of secular religion that exists now in Canada, like socialism for example.
  8. We would not cater to religious leaders, such as the Dalai Lama for example. We would not use their religious titles when addressing these people officially. Like the Dalai Lama was in Canada recently, and was referred to as His Holiness - we would not practice such things.
  9. The government would not pay for religious instruction in schools. Separate religious schools, would be required to pay for all religious instruction in their particular schools by their clergy. They would still get funding to teach the government approved official curriculum, but would have to pay out of their own pockets for religious instruction within their schools, by their own religious instructors, or clergymen. This applies to all separate religious schools be they Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, etc.
 
The HIP Leader does not intend to discuss religious matters (unless it deals with specific party policies ) at party meetings . Naturally he is prepared to discuss religion, if it has to do with a specific policy. If people are prepared to be rational and in control, a degree of discussion can be permitted on the specific policies that deal with religion.
 
Heated debates and arguments over religion at any party meetings that the Leader holds won't be tolerated.
 
The Party Leader has absolutely no intentions of preaching to the public at party meetings. Period.
 

 Changes and Further Discussions
 
The proposed Constitution of the House of Israel is simply a rough, unpolished proposal. However, there are many outstanding policies in this proposed constitution.
 
The policies are subject to public scrutiny, criticism and revision. There is room for ideas and suggestions.
 
It is very important to make sure all the policies are sound. They need to be changed, if obvious flaws can be found in them. That is why people's participation is so important.
 
It is a starting point. The basic thrust of the constitution must remain as is. God's laws as explained in the Bible must remain the foundation of the proposed new constitution.
 
However, there is room for changes in many policies. Some policies are very innovative, but untested. So in certain areas proceed with caution. In other areas it is very clear what needs to be done, since the public already massively supports a good number of those policies. So it's okay to be bold and aggressive in these areas.
 
Some policies have been just put together in a very, very, basic rough form. They may require major overhaul. Citizens who are more intimately involved in these areas need to be consulted. The aim is to get these folks involved and encourage them to share their knowledge and expertise. Then look for some sort of consensus on policy changes and options.
 
The text wording has to be clarified and refined. Legal advice is needed about how to word it. However, it won't be turned over to the Lawyers. Looking for the legal community to volunteer their support. Look for legal loopholes and flaws in the document and then eliminate them.
 
The HIP leader reserves the right to have the final say regarding what is, or is not in the constitution. Someone must make the final decision. This is done to avoid politics since certain fundamental principles absolutely cannot be compromised with, and the party leader is not a politician (this is the honest truth). There are a number of the policies that won't be changed no matter what. On the other hand there are a good number that can be altered.
 
Forming a constitutional committee may seem sensible, but the process can easily be hijacked by a few, and they would just make sure their own interest groups political agenda is carried out. Instead just have regular town hall meetings and keep the process transparent - open meetings not reserved for a small elite. A consensus should emerge on most policies. The key is to be in tune with the public, so citizen's concerns and will is clarified and understood. There will no doubt be a number of policies which folks are divided on. It will be impossible to please everyone 100%.
 
Proceed on this basis and see how things progress. There is room for changes in a large number of policies and there is room for changes in strategy.
 
The leader will act as a catalyst. Working to get people to put their collective heads together and come up with a constitution that is wise and practical. Many are crying for real change. Get the various disparate groups and individuals to work together harmoniously on this matter.
It can be done.