A Country Where Politicians "Do God"

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    As contrasted to Great Britian.

    A Country Where Politicians 'Do God'
    By Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe
    December 5, 2007

    It was on Sunday that the Romney campaign announced the forthcoming speech, saying the candidate would discuss how his "own faith would inform his presidency if he were elected." On the same day in Britain, as it happened, the BBC broadcast an interview with former prime minister Tony Blair, who said that his Christian faith had been "hugely important" to him during his 10 years in power - but that he had felt constrained to keep it a secret for fear of being thought a crackpot.

    "It's difficult to talk about religious faith in our political system," Blair said. "If you are in the American political system . . . you can talk about religious faith and people say, 'Yes, that's fair enough,' and it is something they respond to quite naturally. You talk about it in our system and, frankly, people do think you're a nutter."

    Apparently that was more than Blair was willing to risk. The fear of being thought ridiculous was why his press secretary had snapped, "We don't do God," when an American reporter asked the prime minister about his religious views in 2003. It was why Blair's advisers vehemently protested when he wanted to end a televised speech on the eve of the Iraq war with the words "God bless you."

    for full article:
    http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/e...007/12/05/a_country_where_politicians_do_god/
     
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    And that's a good thing?

    Seems to me that wanting our president to be a religious leader is way silly.
     
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    No one said they want a "religious" leader. Further the record clearly indicates Romney will not lead from a pulpit. It is a comfort for a lot of people to believe their leaders at least believe in God.
     
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    says an iranian mullah...


    :rofl:
     
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    Everyone knew Tony Blair was religious but as long as he didn't wear it like a badge I don't think anyone was fussed. The Brits are a bit like us in that way. It doesn't matter what your religion is, if you're a politician, just as long as you let your intellect guide you and don't declaim that a god is guiding your decisions. That will see you get the boot immediately if not sooner.
     
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    Hey, I thought the Iranians were the good guys?
     
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    There is just a wee bit of middle ground between not wanting to invade/bomb someone, and thinking they are the "good guys". I suspect Shogun stands somewhere on the massively sized middle ground.
     
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    Damn, I thought he could stand up for himself, but thanks for that clarification, which wasn't.
     
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    Now, now, Kathianne, we both know you understood what he was saying. ;)
     
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    You mean kind of like you understood that the the article was not talking about a "religious leader;" rather a leader who is religious in his private life?;)
     

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