Former Prime Minister and current Middle East peace envoy, Anthony (Tony) Blair has become a member of the Roman Catholic Church.
Blair’s former spokesman, Alastair Campbell, once famously told reporters “We don’t do God”. Earlier this year, he told the BBC that he had avoided talking about his religious views while in office for fear of being labelled “a nutter”.
O yeah? Last year, Mr Blair said he had prayed to God when deciding whether or not to send UK troops into Iraq. (God said “Yes, Tony, like I said to George, send ’em.”)
Being Catholic means that Blair believes that there is an Unoriginate, Sempiternal, Supernatural, Perfect, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Omnibenevolent, Primum Mobile; Creator and Ruler of the universe and life. And all the Bronze Age tarradiddles cloaked in dark Age ignorance and fear that accompany this ridiculous reification.
But being Anglican meant the same thing. Only different tales. Slightly different.
Then again, being Presbyterian, or Methodist…
The world’s foremost Middle East peace envoy believes that death is not the end. And Jews and Arabs do not believe that Jesus is the way and the truth and the life.1 So what if they blow each other to smithereens? It simply hastens the glorious inevitability.
A Middle East peace envoy? Can there be someone less qualified than a Catholic for this crucial job?
(1) John 14:6 (NIV): Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
(Source: BBC News)