Ahhhh, Boxing Day. I always feel like Brits get weird looks when we talk about Boxing Day – I mean, it’s fine to take a day off after Christmas, but why call it Boxing Day?
Anyway, while most people are not working today (although far fewer than used to not work, since many shops have started their New Year sales today) that’s not the case for four of us in the WHYS office. We’re in (kind of) constant communication with Calcutta, where presenter-for-the-day Rahul Tandon is based.
But let me get to the point – what are we asking today? “Does religious belief make for better politicians?” Do religious people have a superior moral compass that helps them work for the good of society more than non-believers?
Tony Blair was well known to be a Christian and has now converted to Catholicism, although he apparently didn’t feel able to while at No. 10; in India where the BJP’s Narendra Modi has been elected chief minister of Gujarat for a third consecutive term – and where it’s been suggested by Hindu nationalists that Sonia Gandhi is unsuitable to lead the country; in the United States presidential candidates seem to be playing up their faith even as the influence of Christian evangelicals on the Republican nominating process may be on the wane.
So does religious faith help a politician do good for his country? Let us know and join us at 1800 GMT to find out what the world says.