Saturday, May 31, 2008

Blessed are the peacemakers

Former prime minister Tony Blair was apparently ‘visibly delighted’ when his old friend Bill Clinton, the former US president, introduced him at the launch of Mr Blair’s new Faith Foundation. Mr Clinton said: "I have learnt that there's not only life after politics; there's also good life if you find something you truly believe in. Tony’s found something he believes in."

That’s nice.

Mr Blair has promised to ‘spend the rest of my life’ uniting the world's religions.

Now this is no small undertaking, but Cranmer thinks it will be the rest of his life wasted.

While there is no doubt that faith could be a ‘civilising force in globalisation’, and bring people together 'to solve problems such as malaria and extreme poverty', unity is impossible when one is dealing with infallibles, absolutes, assertions of truth and competing conceptions of the good.

What is evil to one is good to another; what is right for one is wrong to another; what is tragedy for one is just karma to another; and what is terrorism to one is freedom fighting to another. While one side is beating swords into ploughshares, the other is stocking up on depleted uranium; while the lions are lying down with lambs, the kitchen is set for a ritual slaughter and the ovens are already set at 200 degrees.

Mr Blair concedes: "It is a massive undertaking, but how important is it? If all the good tunes are with the extremists... if they're the ones out there with the strong message and those of us who believe that religious faith is about peaceful co-existence are silent we've got a real problem on our hands," he said. “This isn't an incidental or second order issue, this is fundamental to how the world develops."

He believes faith has been hijacked by extremists – ‘from all religions’, he is most careful to say. Faith, he says, needs to be claimed back by those who believe in co-existence.

In short, Tony Blair believes that faith is the new battleground.

And on that matter Cranmer agrees with Mr Blair. He says: ‘Faith is part of our future’, as though this were some new revelation. But faith is part of our future because it is part of our past and part of our present. Faith is intrinsic to being human, which is possibly why the revelation may be new to Mr Blair. Faith is here to stay because the political consequences of religious adherence are inescapable.

Mr Blair said: "If you got churches and mosques and those of the Jewish faith working together to provide the bed nets that are necessary to eliminate malaria, what a fantastic thing that would be. That would show faith in action, it would show the importance of cooperation between faiths, and it would show what faith can do for progress."

For some reason, Mr Blair referred to Christians and Muslims by their buildings (he evidently means ‘church’ in that sense), but perhaps he momentarily forgot that Jews worship in synagogues. And what of the poor gurdwaras, mandirs and viharas?

Mr Blair is not being paid for his work as a Middle East messiah envoy for the ‘Quartet’ of the United Nations, United States, European Union and Russia. And so he maintains a lucrative consultancy posts with insurer Zurich and merchant bank JP Morgan, on top of a reported £5m deal for his Downing Street memoirs.

Having found that it is possible to serve both God and Mammon, perhaps Mr Blair has discovered the ultimate ‘Third Way’.


Anonymous hear o israel said...

your grace
I think he is utterly wrong on this one , by all means dialogue , friendship and diplomacy , but how much longer before he lets the pope down and sets up his own religion.

i am also fascinated to know how certain other religions will feel when he tries to bring them into the light .

the problem for me that unless its sound doctrinal theology , its just pap really , warm non foundational hope .

it is true that it all gods , which makes bigotry a bit pointless in that sense , but if he is as niave in his institute presidency as he was over uncontrolled immgration , i cant say i will put much time aside for his speechs.

if he thinks he can make hybrids , i can assure him that they do not always flower as intended and may be prone to disease , than the more robust varities that were mixed to make the new seed.

I dont mind him trying , and he does say god exists . so good on him for that . but he is taking a very big risk in promoting ignorance

31 May 2008 at 13:18  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Tony Blair according to Mary Ann Sieghart read the Koran in Penguin translation.......Anthony Edegen read it in Arabic.

What good did it do ?

Blair has a very superficial grasp of theology and an even more slender grasp of religious organisation if he thinks one mosque is anything like another; and it is this naivety which is pernicious because he really believes he can paper over cracks and glide above detail when in fact all he is doing is being deceitful by pretending to be 'all things to all men'

Blair is a fantasist who was able to con British voters and a gullible political party in terminal decline.

31 May 2008 at 16:21  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Anthony Eden read it in Arabic.

31 May 2008 at 16:22  
Anonymous Adrian P said...

The globalists are creating their One world Utopia, destroying the Nation state and National Identity, Of course they also want to Meld all religions into One.
Global eugenics.

blair is now one of the global elite.

31 May 2008 at 17:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meld all religions ????????

If we mix our palette the colour becomes mud like, if all the people's of the book were meld into one, might it not revert to the Tal..mud for religious inspiration.

31 May 2008 at 23:08  
Blogger Windsor Tripehound said...

Blair's hubris and lack of self-awareness beggars belief.

1 June 2008 at 08:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhap's he can give away a few of his mansions to the poor. l might take him seriously but, for over ten years, even athiests have found themselves sweating over The Book Of Revelation. Shave his head, and strip him naked, and expose the mark of the beast. lol.
The man is a kook-pot!.

1 June 2008 at 10:35  
OpenID yokel said...

@ adrian p. Alex Jones has seen what is going on. For confirmation that God said it would happen, try Daniel.

1 June 2008 at 11:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only difference between Blair and God on these issues is that Blair is actually trying to do something positive to solve the world's problems.

And God, benevolent creator of the Universe is doing what precisely? Oh, that's right - he lets thousands of children die horribly painful deaths every year. Blair's a monumental cunt; but at least he's doing something. Wither, God?

1 June 2008 at 15:52  
Anonymous mitch said...

Blair may yet end up nailed to something with his delusions.

1 June 2008 at 21:59  
Anonymous TexasAnglophyle said...

Someone holding Blair in higher esteem than the Creator of the Universe should strenuously cling to his anonymity. God will not be mocked. Blair, on the other hand, must be as embarassing to the English as Gore is to all thinking Americans. They both beg for mockery.

2 June 2008 at 05:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hold Blair in no esteem whatsoever. And yet the point stands; while Blair continues to try to find ways to help - where is God whilst these Children starve or die from disease. He seems very absent to me.

2 June 2008 at 13:40  
Anonymous TexasAnglophyle said...

How can one rate Blair's well-meaning but futile impotence as being somehow superior to God's inscrutable sovereignty? Our inability to fathom God's allowing the existence of evil does not negate the fact that "...for us men and for our salvation [He] came down from heaven, And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, And was made man: And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried: And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures: And ascended into heaven..."

2 June 2008 at 16:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woah!! Who is equating Sovereignty with action - not me. He may very well be sovereign, but on the action front He's not doing so well.

If God is so big on suffering why doesn't he pop down here and try it sometime? It sucks.

Blair continues to take practical steps to lift people out of poverty and control the spread of horrendous diseases. God (as ever) remains conspicuous by His absence.

2 June 2008 at 19:39  
Anonymous TexasAnglophyle said...

Anonymous says "If God is so big on suffering why doesn't he pop down here and try it sometime?" My point. He did. He loves you, me, and the children, anonymous, even in ways we can't understand. If your Blair is so good and helpful, it is only because God has given him continuing heartbeats (that sovereingty thing again.) I'm sure this has been amusing for everyone to see three pounds of brain try to challenge the Great I Am, and 2.5 pounds of brain try to defend Him. You win the contest, but it was close to see who could be more silly, fatuous and banal.

2 June 2008 at 21:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blair is fufilling biblical prophesy.
What he is promoting is THE NEW WORLD ORDER.Religion taking over from God,
Mix all religions and what have you got?, a meaningless mess.
Blair pushed through some of the most anti-christian policies when he was in power,he seems to be continuing on the same lines.When will the true men of faith stand up?

8 June 2008 at 12:50  

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