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The formation of the New Independent Christian Party seeks to end the current dilemma for Christians in the country who are unsatisfied with the American political system by giving them the choice to vote for a party that makes it its mission to defend Christian values.
"As the Party of No Compromise, the New Independent Christian Party intends to influence the outcome of American elections and uphold the Godly principles by which America was built and by which Christians believe, live and exist," explained Clifford Brown, Political Strategist of the NICP, in an email interview with The Christian Post.
"We will do this by identifying qualified Christian candidates to represent the views and [principles] of the NICP at all levels of government. In addition, we will educate and empower the Christian base and bring them into the reality of the depth of God's expectations of them as Christians," he added.
A press conference in Brentwood, Md., on Oct. 5 will officially announce the establishment of the New Independent Christian Party, which is chaired by Bishop Janice Fountaine and Dr. Ralph Martino, who have vowed "to build a strong political party that will illuminate the Christian voice."
Fountaine is affiliated with the Kingdom Empowerment Prophetic Worship Center in Brentwood, while Martino is the pastor of First Church of Christ Holiness, (USA) in Washington, D.C.
Making their party platform stand in contrast to the Democratic and Republican ones, a statement by the NICP reads:
"We can neither ignore the overwhelming contrast to our Godly principles of the marriage equality and abortion rights agendas, which the Democrats strongly support, nor can we be oblivious to the arrogant, greedy, unsympathetic Pharisaic practices of the Republicans."
Brown shared with CP that NICP is currently registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a 527 organization, a designation for political parties and committees. The party is headquartered in Brentwood, Md., but organizers plan to have committee offices in each state, and seek to be on the ballot in all 50.
While defending traditional Christian stances on issues such as marriage and abortion, the organization noted that it is not opposed to working with liberal Christians, as long as their views do not stand in contrast to the principles by which the NICP stands.
As for the upcoming presidential election between GOP candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, Brown insisted that neither man upholds the Christian values that believers are looking for.
"NICP recognizes the importance of all Americans to exercise their right to vote, it is however, the belief of the NICP that neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney represent the principles which are important to Christians in America," the political strategist explained. "Based upon our research and analysis of each candidate, NICP concluded that each representative brings significant risks to the principles of Christianity and the No Compromise stance of NICP."