Monday, 2 July 2007

No religion please Mr Brown

The last Prime Minister of the United Kingdom was a churchgoing Anglo-Catholic moving steadily towards Rome. The new incumbent is the son of a Church of Scotland minister, who by his own admission, roots his “moral compass” in his reformed faith.

Tony Blair had the stamp of a conviction politician, charging ahead with an unpopular and unjustifiable war because he felt it was the right thing to do. That irrational streak cannot be divorced from his religious faith and worryingly it seems from his rhetoric thus far that Brown will be similarly reluctant to separate his faith from his work.
It is not the job of politicians to meddle in setting a nation’s “moral compass”. It is their duty to provide laws which allow people to lead their lives safely and freely. It is particularly outside a politician’s remit to exert a morality based on an archaic 2000 year old book.

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