"I am sorry that Tony Blair feels he could not talk about his faith in case people thought he was a nutter.However, it would seem that like most so-called Xtians, Nazir-Ali is quite selective about which of the particular values he takes from the book of myths and fairy tales he refers to as the 'Bible'. For example, I doubt whether he, or Blair for that matter, consider that their so-called God's orders in Leviticus 6:5 regarding the lies which politicians and clergy regularly try to palm off on us have any relevance to themselves:
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[Believers who lie and obtain things by deceit from others] shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, and give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering [ a ram without blemish] to the Lord.Not that that's the only one of their so-called God's orders which they deliberately ignore, such as the detailed instructions in Leviticus 13 and 14 on how to treat lepers and leprosy, or how about Leviticus 19:11
Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.Not to mention the infamous Leviticus Chapter 20 which promises the death penalty for people who swear at their parents, or for adulterers, those who indulge in incest, and homosexuals, or banishment from the UK for having sex during the woman's menses, to name some of their so-called God's more ridiculous values.
Mind you, were Nazil-Ali really to believe these irrefragible orders which were allegedly utteredd by his so-called God, he would immediately resign from his Bishopric - more accurately be referred to as a 'bishop-prick' - since his 'Lord' said in Leviticus 21:5:
[Priests] shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard...And again in 21:18
For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not [be a priest, and this includes] a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or any thing superfluous...If I am not mistaken, I believe that Nazir-Ali is clean-shaven, bald, and wears a pair of spectacles.
Why do the words 'hypocrite', 'charlatan' and 'mountebank' spring to mind?
Probably because I've just encountered yet another phoney priest speaking out.
The National Secular Society is correct: we do not need these people intruding in public life. Or, as Ruth Wishart stated in 'The Herald' this week:
“What is not acceptable is that the UK Parliament should be subjected to sustained emotional blackmail from representatives of the one-fifth of the population who said in a poll this month that they attended church ‘once a year or more’. Constantly, the cry goes up from ecclesiastical quarters that we live in a Godless society whose handcart is accelerating to hell. In fact, we live in a society where many church leaders constantly attempt to subvert the democratic will of the majority.”