Tony Blair avoided talking about his religious views while in office for fear of being labelled "a nutter", the former prime minister has revealed.
Below is the comment I left on the BBC article. For the record, I don't think the British public are the most rational voters around, but in this particular case I applaud them and for the sake of brevity I stayed my tongue. It is not ok to make apologies for faith. Faith is not a virtue, it is a delusion, a crutch, and a weapon. It has no place in the minds of world leaders, and it is the duty of all rational people to ridicule and embarrass any politician who uses his/her faith as a selling point. Here's the comment I left:
Mr. Blair was right to fear being thought a nutter for his faith, because it is certainly a nutty set of beliefs to hold. One would hope that politicians are held to a higher standard of rationality, and that if you honestly believe an invisible friend is giving you advice you will not be elected to office.
It is up to a clear headed rational public to keep sending the message that yes, you are a nutter if you have unquestioning faith in the ridiculous claims of any book. Mr. Blair's embarrassment is a sure sign of a healthy democracy.