Blair's Whimsical Irrelevancy

Blair’s Whimsical Irrelevancy

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has switched his allegiance from Henry VIII’s divorce-granting Anglican church back to the original Holy See. He had planned the conversion for many years, but waited until he was no longer Prime Minister to keep from being labeled “a nutter.”

Alastair Campbell, Blair’s director of strategy and communications, once intervened in an interview, preventing the prime minister from answering a question about his Christianity, saying, “We don’t do God”.

But in an interview on ITV in 2006, Blair referred to the role of his Christian faith in his decision to go to war in Iraq, saying that he had prayed about the issue and that God would judge him for his decision.

“I think if you have faith about these things, you realize that judgment is made by other people and if you believe in God, it’s made by God as well,” Blair said at the time.

So let me get this straight: Blair knew professing his faith would get him ridiculed as Prime minister, yet he used it shamelessly as the basis for the decision he made to take his country to war?

Now he thinks we should care which overly ornate building he visits while publicly prostrating himself before his divine fantasy? Why does he think he’s any less of a “nutter” now than he would have been while in office?

Comments (3 comments)

arcanum / December 22nd, 2007, 3:39 pm / #1

“he had prayed about the issue and that God would judge him for his decision.”

Never mind God’s opinion about His own bad advice, the British public demonstrated that they weren’t happy with God’s bad advice!

Be pleased that you live in a country where confessing to praying about political questions is regarded as evidence of nuttery!

ClintJCL / December 22nd, 2007, 4:38 pm / #2

Brilliant observation. I can think of no real solution, though, other than to not support the mainstream.

anon / December 24th, 2007, 6:37 am / #3

In countries where we can practice any religion or non at all, who cares what someone practices, like its anyone else’s business?

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