Monday, March 06, 2006

Tony: "Dear God..."

The brouhaha surrounding Bliar's relatively innocent "God will judge me on Iraq" remarks made on the non-event called "Parkinson" seems to me to be strongly overblown and mainly media and blogosphere hype. God (pardon the pun), haven't we got other fish to fry? Everyone knows that the mass murderer is also a devout Christian and in a secular society that's not a problem. Whoever makes the connection "God told me what to do over Iraq" is being deliberately disingenuous and seeking a little limelight with cheap comparisons with that other praying madman, King George.

Bliar's comments were made in his own private (yet in this case also rather public) time and what he does there is entirely his business, whether that involves praying, reading tarot cards or feng shui.

No, that's not what deeply annoyed me. What did is how this manipulating, lying, authoritarian, murderous swine of a PM can walk onto the stage of a chat show without a single note of dissent. Not a boo, a hiss or a placard to be heard or seen. Nothing but quite enthusiastic applause, even cat calls, met his appearance and later also the vilified comments. Well, this audience must have been very carefully vetted or the whole thing meticulously edited afterwards. Was I the only guy sitting with an impromptu anti-Blair placard in front of my set?

Blair-God story over at the BBC

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8 Comments:

At 6:09 PM, Blogger Richard said...

Can't agree with you on this one, Gert. Blair "says" he's a Christian. But he "said" Iraq had WMDs.

I believe he's the same as GWB - a 'convenient' Christian or as I more often like to call them, counterfeit Christian.

I judge all people by waht they "do" rather than by what they "say". Wolves in sheep's clothing & all that.

Talking the talk while not living the life is hypocrisy of the worst kind, in my opinion. In the opinion of most Christians too.

He hasn't even visited a single sick/wounded soldier in any hospital, no attended any funerals.

Sorry, but as I said, he's no Christian. He doesn't know the meaning of the term Christian charity. Like so many others, he doesn't practice what he preaches.

Incidentally, I'm not a Christian myself - I'm agnostic, and I never pretended otherwise. I've never borne false witness, y'might say.

 
At 12:12 PM, Blogger Phu said...

True, Richard, but we can say the same about those prepared to bring slaughter in the name of Islam.

Basically, warlords have always justified their crimes by citing God as an ally, and hence non-religious people have always slated religion as if it was the eternal cause of war itself.

I don't really see the fuss about Blair saying he believes God will judge him.

Like Gert suggests, we should concentrate on attacking his actions, not his belief in the afterlife.

 
At 2:40 PM, Blogger Richard said...

Phu,

Everyone seems to be forgetting that Blair also said that the "descision" was made by himself and God. Most are concentrating on the "judgement".

FWIW, I concentrate on each and every available avenue, where Bair's concerned. I won't avoid any one avenue. That should be apparent to anyone who follows my blogposts regularly.

Blair decided to start talking religion on TV - knowing millions would watch & listen. So be it then. I'm merely one of the many who are showing [via blogging or whatever means available] what we think of this phony and 'cheap' shot of his.

And yes, we can say similar things about the extremist section of Islam, and indeed of any other religion. In fact I DO.

However that has absolutely no bearing on what a British prime minister says or does does - or leastways, what he should say or do.

 
At 4:56 PM, Blogger Gert said...

Well, we seem to be talking past each other on this one. I agree with most of your points but Blair didn't say "t'wos God that told me to invade Iraq". He said God would judge him on his decision, that's something quite different.

And let's face it: it's because he's made no secret of his beliefs that Parky asked those questions. If only Bliar answered all question as honestly as he did this one...

Whether Bliar is a real Christian or not is about as useful as discussing the gender of the angels, IMHO. But each to his own.

 
At 10:51 PM, Blogger Richard said...

Whether he's telling the truth or simply saying what he thinks plays well with the people, is what's important.

You and many others believe he was on that one. Myself and many others don't. But, t'was ever thus.

Maybe it's worth mentioning that I remember him lying, in the early days, about 'stowing away' - about regularly watching Jackie Milburn play football - about NOT attending any Bilderberg meetings.

All those claims of his were later 'proved' to be untrue. He told those tall stories because he thought they'd play well with the people.

 
At 4:59 PM, Blogger Gert said...

I still fail to see how talking about faith could play well with the electorate: thankfully the latter is generally quite sceptical about mixing religion and politics.

In any case it's not had a positive effect, has it?

 
At 8:31 PM, Blogger Richard said...

Right. It's backfiring - I'm glad to say.

 
At 10:27 PM, Blogger J.UL1R4 said...

For Blair, God is like the Force, he is the rocks, the ground, the ID card, the CCTV camera, globalisation, the civil contigences bill, the splattered brains and limbs of Iraqi kids, the aerosolized 'depleted' Urianium poisoning coalition troops and the entire planet, the noble lie sent to puppet them into Iraq in the first place. He is Alistair Campbell, the essay, the Downing Street Memo, the haggard lines on the face of Tessa Jowell, the binge-drinking pregnant teenager vomiting up on the floor. He is the Pantheistic energy without morals that surrounds us, and that Blair channels the light through and conducts secret rites with his own toenail clippings to make his policy decisions.

Whatever thing Blair worships will probably judge him very favorably indeed.

 

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