Do you want your politicians to “do god”?
When Tony Blair was British Primeminister his press secretary Alastair Campbell famously interrupted an interview with the PM saying “we don’t do God” but now he is in a different political spotlight Tony Blair is writing in the Spectator to say that religion has never been more important in politics.
Do you think it’s important for your politicians to express a faith in God? This commentator says that it would be hard to get elected in America without expressing a faith, even though a fundamental aspect of the US’s idea of liberty is the separation of church and state. This blogger gives an atheist’s perspective.
The Pope is visiting Angola today on his high-profile tour of Africa. It’s a visit has been hailed as a sign of a peaceful, progressive government – and he’s been greeted by adoring crowds on his recent visit to Cameroon. But this journalist is worried that Cameroon’s President Biya will make too much political capital out of the Pope’s purely pastoral visit. People like the local bishop mentioned here were looking to the pope rather than the government to address his country’s problems:
“There is trouble all over the region … So the Pope needs to address the problem of justice, peace, reconciliation and bringing people together,”
Joseph Ateba, bishop of the port city of Kribi
Do you want more religious overtones from your politicians or less?
We’ve been commenting a lot on the blog recently about the blame and anger that is being targeted at bankers; just yesterday Mark wrote about the US government’s speedy decision to reflect some of that public anger by clawing back 90% of AIG workers bonuses in tax. But is it time to give the bankers a break?
AIG executives are being picketed by their neighbours, are receiving death threats and have guards outside their houses. Even a US senator joined in the strong rhetoric by suggesting AIG chiefs “resign or go commit suicide“. Has scapegoating gone too far?
And it doesn’t show signs of abating – there are worries about financial workers safety in London when the G20 meets here in April, especially because signs saying “Bash the bankers” have been spotted among anarchist groups planning to attend anti-G20 protests, like this blogger.