"The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." attributed to Plato

"Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing." attributed to Edmund Burke

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Sunday, 28 February 2010

We don't do Religion

This is what Alastair Campbell famously said when asked about Tony Blair's faith.
Yet we know Tony is a devout Christian and Roman Catholic - and now retired from Parliament he is not afraid to talk about it.
I went to a dinner the other night - the speaker was a Member of Parliament about to fight for a marginal seat in the General Election coming up in the UK. She was self assured, confident, a good speaker. But she "doesn't do religion," she said. But I know she is also a practising Roman Catholic - doesn't want to upset her voters, she said, who are atheists, and people of other faiths as well as Christian.
Is it right that we do not let faith enter conversation in our canvassing? Should we not be happy to profess our faith? Are we ashamed? Frightened? Surely the way we work as MP's should be a true reflection of our faith views and we should not be afraid to say so publicly? We need to stand up and be counted. Otherwise what sort of a Christian are we?

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