Sunday, December 23, 2007

Blair Converts to Catholicism

Tony Blair's conversion to Roman Catholicism comes at a time when the Catholic Church is experiencing a boom in old Anglican/Protestant England.

NYT's John Burns has a longish article about Blair without mentioning that fact, as to be expected from the anti-religious former "newspaper of record." However, Burns' article mentions that
Mr. Blair has spent much of his time since resigning as prime minister on his work as the envoy of the so-called Middle East diplomatic quartet — comprising the United Nations, the European Union, the Russian Federation and the United States — from a base at the American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem.

I stayed in the American Colony back in the day, and was shown the room where Churchill & "Lawrence of Arabia" divided up the Middle East into roughly its borders of today, all in a long afternoon.

Most British dailies are sardonic or openly scornful of Blair's personal move.
In an interview recorded for a three-part television documentary broadcast last month on the BBC, “The Blair Years,” Mr. Blair acknowledged the importance of his religious beliefs in guiding his years as prime minister and also the care he had taken not to talk about those beliefs in public.

“You know, if I am honest about it, yes of course it was hugely important,” he said.

But he added that while politicians could speak freely about their faith in the United States, it was hard to do so in Britain because “you talk about it in our system and, frankly, people do think you’re a nutter.”

Which says more about the British themselves, whose godless nanny-state mentality is projected onto the very few SANE people in the UK as though the sane were "nutters."

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