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Tuesday, 10 February 2009

We can’t be merciful without religion, says prat

Tony Blair spoke at a “prayer breakfast” (I do find that creepy) in Washington the other day. At first I chose to ignore it. Blair speaks at prayer breakfast. Wow! Paint dries! Well, I never! The Pope’s a Catholic. You’ve got to be kidding! You’ll be telling me next that bears—

Anyway, during the course of some no doubt scintillating stuff about his imaginary friend, he proceeded to damn humanists with faint praise. Get this: “Neither do I decry the work of humanists, who give gladly of themselves for others and who can often shame the avowedly religious. Those who do God’s work are God’s people.”

Er, hang on. You may regard yourself as God’s person, Mr Blair, but please don’t speak for the rest of us. You did enough of that when you were our Prime Minister. By implication, you’re saying that those who don’t believe in sky fairies are just misguided, that God’s there really, even if they don’t believe it. He goes on:

I only say that there are limits to humanism and beyond those limits God and only God can work. The phrase “fear of God” conjures up the vengeful God of parts of the Old Testament. But “fear of God” means really obedience to God; humility before God; acceptance through God that there is something bigger, better and more important than you. It is that humbling of man’s vanity, that stirring of conscience through God’s prompting, that recognition of our limitations, that faith alone can bestow.

We can perform acts of mercy, but only God can lend them dignity. We can forgive, but only God forgives completely in the full knowledge of our sin. And only through God comes grace; and it is God’s grace that is unique.

The limits of humanism, you religion-soaked prat, are only the limits of human beings.

And what greater dignity is there that a person can perform an act of mercy for his or her fellow human being? What’s this shite about how only God can lend such acts such dignity?

Why is this madman being reported in serious media, except in terms of ridicule? Why is he being given so much credibility?

This is the man who, six years ago, relied on questionable “intelligence” to take us into an immoral bombing of Iraq. It seems that the Bible was the original dodgy dossier.

1 comment:

Richard T said...

Go on. You've not mentioned his absolute personal integrity (I guess 'I'm a pretty straight guy' might not be the best phrase to use in present company!) - the formula 1 cash for cigarette advertising; 'selling peerages'; the enthusiastic sponging off the rich. Then there's the toleration of torture and special rendition flights through UK airports. There's now also what is looking suspiciously like lettting the CIA into Britain to spy on UK citizens - sorry subjects of her Maj.

All this when he now admits talking to his special friend - not GW - but the imaginary one. And yet he has sat in mud baths in Mexico as a spiritual exercise.

The man is a canting hypocrite and the sooner he goes to his spiritual home across the Atlantic the better - even though Cherie won't then be able to become a judge.