Tuesday, 25 December 2007

Religion and politics

Last, week, one of the two Christian politicians, who led the USA and UK into war against Iraq, converted formally to Catholicism as long expected.  In the same week, another leading UK politician, who opposes the war, told the world he did not believe in God.  I am not going to conclude from that that all religious people are bad and all sceptics are good, but I do wish so many religious people would not tend to assume that to be religious is to be good and to be sceptical is to be bad.


I would like the best political leaders regardless of religious belief or non-belief but, on balance, I find it easier to trust someone who makes his own decisions and accepts responsibility for them than someone who claims to be guided by a supernatural being.  What makes some religious people dangerous when they have power - be they Christians, Moslems or whatever - is that they "know" they are right because God told them.


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