Given the silly hoo-ha about the Democratic party platform dropping references to god and re-instating them at the last minute, I was amused to read this news story about former British prime minister Tony Blair.
He is religious and converted to Catholicism after leaving office. He once had the idea of mimicking American politicians and ending a speech with the phrase “God bless Britain”. He describes the reaction from his advisors.
“This caused consternation in the whole system. A committee was convened, and we had to discuss it.
“I remember we had this debate on and off but finally one of the civil servants said in a very po-faced way ‘I just remind you Prime Minister, this is not America’ in this very disapproving tone, so I gave up the idea. I think it is a shame that you can’t since it is obviously part of what you are.”
He added that he did not talk about his religious faith while he was still prime minister for fear that people would think he was a “nutter”. Too bad it doesn’t bother him as much that many think of him as a war criminal.
According to Blair, almost all US political leaders would be considered nutters by the British.