Christian philosophy professor will be new Dutch prime minister
Christian Democrat leader Jan Peter Balkenende "is known for his sharp wit and conservative moral values about which he has written extensively," says The New York Times. And he's about to become the new Dutch prime minister as the Netherlands took a very conservative turn in yesterday's parliamentary elections.
The Washington Post notes that Balkenende "once headed a Christian broadcasting network and has expressed reservations about Holland's drug laws and euthanasia policy." However, notes the Associated Press, Balkenende's reservations won't necessarily translate to reversing those laws. "Although a majority of our party opposed the euthanasia and gay-marriage bills, Balkenende sees it as an irreversible fact," his spokesman, Hans van der Vlies, said.
One practice Balkenende probably will try to change, however, is the sale of marijuana in coffee shops. It's already illegal, but not enforced. "Associates describe Balkenende as a religious family man, but a dedicated worker who habitually makes do with six hours of sleep," says the AP. Christian Democrat official Cees van der Knaap calls him "a walking library."
He sounds great, but one wonders if American Christians will like him. After all, many have noted, he looks just like Harry Potter.
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