Monday, November 26, 2007

The Nutter at 10 Downing St.

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.

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