The Labour Party has a three page pdf on its interfaith policy. I think reducing it to its simplest form would be this:

Labour recognises

  • The importance of preserving the heritage of Christianity in New Zealand and acknowledges this as an important part of New Zealand’s cultural identity;
  • The right to religion and the responsibilities of faith communities;
  • That Religion and the State are two separate and different structures that serve the wider community.

Labour respects and upholds the non-political nature of the faith communities and this principle will serve as a basis for Labour’s on-going community engagement with the interfaith community.

Labour is committed to the pursuit and maintenance of peace, respect, tolerance, and maintaining harmonious relationships for all New Zealanders.

I had friends who were at an election meeting this weekend. The Labour spokesman did not raise the policy document when interfaith issues were raised. Maybe summarising like this would help.

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