Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has recently outed himself as quite a bit of a Catholic fundy, which fills me with no small horror as he’s still very active in politics.
Since leaving office, he has claimed he feared being branded a “nutter” if he talked about his religious views, which tells us a lot, and should tell him the same thing: if it sounds nutty, and will be perceived as nutty, it’s probably pistachios.
To be honest, I wouldn’t really care if he’s just quietly sitting at home believing in the soul-cleansing power of flagellation or whatever, but he’s donned some sort of POPE POWER superhero costume and set himself up as the next saviour of civilised society. Today he launched a “faith foundation” with three aims, to promote faith as a force for good, improve awareness between religions and tackle poverty and war. I do have to wonder if the latter is in there to make this initiative sound less nutty and biased. Blair said,
“Religious faith will be of the same significance to the 21st Century as political ideology was to the 20th Century.
“In an era of globalisation, there is nothing more important than getting people of different faiths and cultures to understand each other better and live in peace and mutual respect; and to give faith itself its proper place in the future.”
What about those of no faith, Blair?