So after nosing around I have decided to post.In a similar line of thought to The Vulcan’s FW de Klerk thread I wanted to kickstart something similar regarding Blair. I realise some may regard this has old hat and no longer relevant but would like to throw it out there all the same. I always regarded Blair as a fairly liberal balance kind of guy, boy did I get that wrong. His loss of popularity not for the Iraq war not withstanding he seems to have come out of the closet s to speak (that may just be my perception). The below makes for interesting/bizarre reading. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2144565/Tony-Blair-wanted-end-speeches-God-bless-Britain-worried-aides-stopped-him.html I am particularly interested in his claim that “Religious belief protects people from doctrines that put people in second place to political objectives” Yet religion encourages people to attack one another for the slightest differences but as long as people are protected from political manipulation that is all that is relevant ? (wtf!!) This is also a guy that wanted to end speeches with god bless Britain ? Apparently he converted to catholicism after peeving the catholics off for gay equality regulations, & liberal abortion beliefs, so who is the bigger hypocrite here the catholic church for accepting someone who has violated their belief system or Blair for maintaining catholic unfriendly belief systems & then converts (I am assuming he hasn’t abandoned them). They both seem to seal off their rather substantial differences which suggests selective thinking ?
In addition Blair had entered into agreements in 2002 with creationist schools & has defended as creationist nonsense taught as fact.http://www.telegraph.co.UK/news/Agnew’s/1389355/.HTMLhttp://www.guardian.co.UK/education/2012/Jan/15/The last link happily shows a sensible end to the issue but is a scary reminder how close even a secular nation like the UK can be pushed by fundies.
Any comments, insight etc is appreciated so fire away fellow skeptics.