You’ve probably heard by now that Tony Blair wants to unite all religions. The man’s Messianic attitude is getting seriously out of hand.
In case it has escaped his attention, different religions believe radically different things. Consequently each believes the others to be totally wrong. How atre you going to get the likes of Becky Fischer, whose far-out evangelism I discussed in “Do Not Keep Silent”, to co-operate with other Christians (who one of her disciples described as attending “dead” churches that lacked God’s presence) let alone Muslims, regarded as servants of Satan by Evangelicals on both sides of the Atlantic?
Blair himself obviously regards the various Christian nominations as different in some fundemental way – why else go through the process of converting from Anglicanism to Catholicism if they’re just the same? How much more different must he regard Islam and Judaism? And the non-Abrahamic faiths?
He talks about Jews Christians and Muslims working together to provide mosquito nets. Well, probably happens now. And indeed people of those faiths work with Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs and those of no religious faith at all. I rather think that the work goes better when minds are kept on the task in hand and not discussing religion. Perhaps he means that people of different faiths will respect each other because of the work they are doing. Maybe so but this will not bring the religious heirarchies together.
Even confining ourselves to the Abrahamic religions – as Blair does – how is his stated ambition going to be regarded in the Middle East, specifically in Iraq? In case Blair has forgotten he sent British troops int Iraq looking for non-existant weapons of mass destruction. When these were not found he justified the intervention on the grounds it got rid of Saddam Hussein. So to the Iraqis Blair is a man who illegally removed their Government at the point of a gun and made Iraq a breeding ground for anarchy and chaos. Has it not occured to him that the Iraqis might think he intends to change their religion at the point of a gun too?
I first heard Blair speak during the Clause IV debate in 1994. Even then I was struck by the man’s self-regard and his utter conviction that he could never be anything other than totally right. Unfortunately, in their desperation to be elected, the Labour Party went along with jetisonning its heritage and its commitment to workers enjoying the wealth they created.
Blair’s time as Prime Minister was characterised by disappointment and broken promises, he sent British troops to war more often than any PM since Churchill, his policies have brought suicide bombers to the streets of London but now he thinks he can unite the world? What an egotistical, deluded twat the man is.