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My Take: 10 dos and don'ts for religion and democracy
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November 11th, 2011
09:38 AM ET

My Take: 10 dos and don'ts for religion and democracy

Editor's Note: Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007, is founder and patron of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. He gave a speech in Italy on Friday on why the protection of religious freedom should be a priority for all democracies.

By Tony Blair, Special to CNN

1. DO have democracy-friendly religion and religion-friendly democracies.

2. DON’T think you understand democracy if you think it’s only about elections: it’s about a culture and mindset which includes freedom of thought, freedom of expression, political and religious pluralism, and human rights.

3. DO maintain equality of treatment for different religions within the law as a core element of the secular state.

4. DON’T duck difficult conflicts involving religious and secular ideas: discuss them openly.

5. DON’T rush to legislation to solve religious conflict; instead seek first to resolve it by discussion and accommodations.

6. DON’T allow religious schools to opt out of the same national standards and core curriculum that you expect of everyone else.

7. DO listen to religious voices on social, political and economic issues, and allow people to justify their views on explicitly religious grounds if they want.

8. DO insist on religious leaders making their case by reasoned argument not by bald assertion or authoritarian claims. Insist on that for atheists and secular leaders too.

9. DO NOT allow religious voices to have dominance in the public sphere if they cannot achieve majority support through democratic means.

10. DO ensure, whether the overwhelming democratic choice is either an atheist state or one dominant religion, that the voices of religious minorities and those who have no faith are protected.

Remember that none of us are qualified to state with certainty the will of God – so humility, openness to others, and interfaith dialogue are all essential for a healthy society.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Tony Blair.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Opinion • Politics

soundoff (382 Responses)
  1. Muneef

    Embracing Islam by a Female Judge in UK (less than 2 minutes):

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZzGvrSMYcY&w=640&h=360]

    November 21, 2011 at 1:52 am |
  2. Iqbal Khan

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZTjRRIKxtY&w=640&h=360]

    November 17, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  3. Iqbal Khan

    Increase your knowledge about Islam check...
    http://www.911bible.com
    http://www.Islamhouse.com
    http://www.quranexplorer.com.
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35qbO4_Lgng&w=640&h=360]

    November 15, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  4. O.S. Bird

    Well said, Mr Blair!

    November 14, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  5. Muneef

    Hi to all whom I miss so much...
    Have had mentioned to you that I had a stroke and was rushed to Hospital where I remained unaware of self for few days...thankfully I got out of that with out losing any of my abilities...now am in Aden,Yemen where from I will fly to Amman,Jordan for further medical testes and attention...
    Am not sure whether I will be able to remain in communication with you but assure you as many know of my Reality and genuinity .... Love you all whether we agree or disagree with each other, will fly in few hours ...bye ...

    November 14, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
    • hippypoet

      i thought you were an atheist?

      November 14, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
    • John Richardson

      @HP Say what? Muneef is constantly posting verses from the Quran!

      November 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
    • Reality

      The reason for Muslim Muneef's stroke?

      The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths( based on the studies of Armstrong, Rushdie, Hirsi Ali, Richardson and Bayhaqi)

      ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

      Are you ready?

      Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

      The First Five of the 77 Branches:

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your self-cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
      alone."
      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

      Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

      Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

      November 15, 2011 at 12:52 am |
    • Iqbal Khan

      Assalam-u-elakum, Muneef sorry to hear that, may Allah cure you from stroke and be healthy again, please take care of Ur self my prayers for your full recovery Ameen!

      November 15, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
    • Iqbal Khan

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NR5ExGCGeO4&w=640&h=360]

      November 16, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
    • Muneef

      Reality...
      Sorry to fail you It turned to have been a small internal bleeding in the personality sector of my brain that had left me unconscious for more than three days in hospital...but thanks to mercy of God and prayers of my family I was able to recover with out any damages what so ever... Any way only today I managed to get an internet line to communicate herewith tonight from Amman,Jordan... It is a pleasant weather here cool and rainy wet...! So take care friend since you are older than me don't get so much excited and look more after your health...!

      November 19, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • Muneef

      Iqbal Khan.

      Thank you brother for your comforting words and I should admit I was not taking a good care of my health lately nor was really enjoying my life,living in a boring routine that which God had wanted me to change by putting me through such experience to compel me to make some changes to my routine life which I appreciate so much to be given a second chance... So Eid Mubarak brother although being late but better than never....! Take care and may God give you health and patience towards success...

      November 19, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • Muneef

      @HP.

      LOL. Nice one that is....still living the Sixties 60's as it seems...well good for you as they seem to have been Golden Days there and then...
      Dear John Rich... Should have left HP living his sweet dreams than waking him up to face the sore Reality's of this era...

      November 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • Rama Dan

      Muneef, shut up and die already you piece of sh.it. You keep posting updates on your health in a bid for attention just like any child. Grow up and shut up old man. Your religion wants to kill everyone else, so I think it's only right that we welcome your death.
      Just shut up and die already you Muslim piece of crap. That should shut you up for good.

      November 19, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Muneef

      RD.
      How pathetic to see your hate and fear killing you before your time... Be cool man no one dies before his/her time...

      November 19, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • Muneef

      RD.
      How path-et-ic to see your hate and fear driving you to death...!?!
      Man pull your self together and have the courage to face the returns of your deeds... Wars were always there in life whether were religious or not so stop doing it on your self...
      Beside learn to wish people well whether you agree or disagree with might you succeed in life rather than being a loser...by being a cowered...
      My posts were meant for the friendly people I had known for some time,whom I found they were full of compassion and not for black hearted one's like you who hate all God creations... 😉

      November 19, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • Muneef

      R.D.

      Man pull your self together and have the courage to face the returns of your deeds... Wars were always there in life whether were religious or not religious so stop doing what ever you are doing on your self...

      Beside learn to wish people well whether you agree or disagree with might you succeed in life rather than acting cowered as losers are..

      My posts were meant for those friendly one's that I had known for some long time, whom I found they were full of compassion and not as black hearted as you are full of hate towards all God creations... 😉

      November 19, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • Muneef

      Don't worry they say cowards live for ever... 😉

      November 19, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • Muneef

      Thank you for your best wishes...

      November 19, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • I_get _it

      Muneef

      It is good to hear that you are feeling better. It is fortunate that they took you to a hospital instead of to a mosque. Transferring from one mosque to another one for better treatment doesn't seem to work very well.

      November 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
    • Muneef

      Haha another nice one here... First of all sorry to have seen only now that my posting were all going through although they were not shown to have been getting through...
      Secondly.. True I was rushed to hospital for I was fortunate enough that a new private hospital had existed and fortunate enough that I was able to afford being hosted into one... Otherwise a mosque would have been another alternative if I lost my life to be prayed on in preparation for final burial...
      I should admit as well that thanks so much for my wife for standing by my side all the time in hospital otherwise no one cares much for other... Again thanks for her quick witts to having ordered a sacrifice of a pair of sheep to distribute their meat and 100kilos of rice in portions to the poor and needy...
      All these acts had really contributed to my return in best of health and shape...
      Good night for now dear's ...

      November 19, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • No One Is Safe

      Muneef, i wish you a full and speedy recovery. (i don't send it in the name of anybody in particular, but if it makes you feel better to accept it that way, well, then, you just go right ahead and do that! 😉

      November 22, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  6. ___.__

    Humans wrote the bible.

    Prayer is a placebo.

    Atheists are generally smarter than religious people.

    The bible supports slavery, sacrificing your child, and stoning people to death.

    Morality does not come from the bible.

    Most of the 10 commandments aren't even laws..

    November 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
    • Joxer the Mighty

      Why don't you go troll the science blog where you belong?

      November 14, 2011 at 6:08 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @Joxer: This is a belief blog, not a religious blog...we are here to help enlighten you with facts based on actual evidence not pseudo facts that are only based from a book of fairy tales. If you don't like us here feel free to complain to CNN or leave yourself...you probably won't be missed.

      November 14, 2011 at 7:04 am |
    • Mirosal

      It's amazing how Joxer can't distinguish the differences of science, faith, and belief. But, what can you expect from someone who took their screen name from a character of "Xena:Warrior Princess"?

      November 14, 2011 at 7:18 am |
    • o.k.

      @truthprevails...but more often than not, no "facts" are given, just the usual hyperbole (which admittedly comes from both sides). What in ___ . __'s post is evidence?

      November 14, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • .........

      "What in ___ . __'s post is evidence?"

      Humans wrote the bible, not a god. There is NO evidence a god wrote it.

      November 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • Huh?

      "Most of the 10 commandments aren't even laws.."

      Interesting point.

      1.Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

      2.Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth . . . .

      3.Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

      4.Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all they work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor they maidservant, nor they cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates.

      5.Honour they father and they mother: that they days may be long upon the land which the Lord they God giveth thee.

      6.Thou shalt not kill.

      7.Thou shalt not commit adultery.

      8.Thou shalt not steal.

      9.Thou shalt not bear false witness against they neighbor.

      10.Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

      If the first four commandments were enacted into law today, they would constitute plain constitutional violations. It is an exceedingly strange, and strained, argument that argues the primacy of the Ten Commandments as the true American source of law when the first four simply cannot be enacted into law, because they would conflict with our Constitution. The first four prove that the Commandments are religious rules, not civil law. So as a starting point, only the latter six could possibly be nominees as possible sources of our governing laws.

      The Latter Six Commandments: Hardly the Sole Source of American Law

      Moreover, two of the remaining six can be immediately ruled out. Number Five–honor one's mother and father–is not a legal rule, but rather a moral imperative. So is Number Seven, the prohibition on cheating on one's spouse.

      Of course, in modern times, adultery is legally relevant as a ground for divorce. But allowing adultery to be such a ground is hardly the same as incorporating a direct prohibition against adultery into law. To the contrary, if tested by the Supreme Court, a direct criminal prohibition against adultery would likely be struck down as unconstitutional, whereas the Court would have no problem in recognizing adultery as a factor towards dissolving a union that was based on fidelity.

      Similarly, the Tenth Commandment's ban on coveting – including coveting thy neighbor's wife – might play a role in a divorce proceeding, but not in a criminal case. Indeed, under the First Amendment, we are generally free to want what we like, and say that we want it, as long as we do not illegally take it, or – if what we covet is a person – resort to stalking or sexual harassment.

      That leaves the prohibitions in Commandments Six, Eight, and Nine: They command us not to kill, steal, or lie. Even these are not reflected in our law in their entirety.

      Granted, the ban on lying does appear as a legal rule in some contexts – for instance, a misrepresentation can be the basis for fraud. But many lies are not legally regulated. Thus, perjury is illegal, but telling your best friend you love her new, disastrous hairdo is not.

      In the civil context, a lie that does not cause damage (and fulfill other requirements as well) cannot be the basis for a tort suit. In the criminal context, not all lies are perjury: Only lies under oath; lies to the government are also criminalized, but only in some circumstances.

      That leaves us with only two commandments that are somewhat accurately echoed in current law: the rule against murder, and the rule against stealing. And even the rule against murder is not exactly the same as the Commandment: We recognize exceptions, such as self-defense, that the Commandment simply does not.

      November 14, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • o.k.

      @.......Nice try. but still a swing and a miss. Truthprevails argued: "we are here to help enlighten you with facts based on actual evidence" My point was that ____.__ didn't offer any evidence. Your proposal that people wrote the Bible and that there is no evidence that God did is "evidence" is not evidence–it's still opinion. You also shift the burden to the Bible believer–that's not what Truthprevails (to whom I was responding) argued–he argued that it was the atheist trying to give the evidence. Do you have evidence that God did not write the Bible? (Admittedly, we getting into semantics here–I agree humans put pen to paper, as it were, but I also believe the words they chose were inspired directly by God.) I'm not offering this last point as "evidence." My point, which you missed entirely, is that Truthprevails' argument rang hollow because ___.__ didn't do what he said the atheists who participate here purport to do.

      November 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
    • Muneef

      It would be obvious that human prophet wrote the holy words they were inspired with just as would Moses had done when received the Ten Commandments that were dictated to him that he grafted to those stone sheets....!!?

      Although I do agree that some words were not of GOD but were entered as being Holy Words which a verse in Quran has clearly acknowledged having happened to earlier writings...!!?

      November 19, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  7. allfaith

    Organized religion has outgrown its usefulness. It's time to realize that all people are faced with the same challenge to recognize that they are equal parts of a whole and that any form of violence inflicted on another affects the well being of the whole.
    Attack leads to guilt and fear of reprisal. Division is an illusion based on the belief that the aspirations of some are of a lesser import than those of others. The justification being that might has the right to lead.
    Religious sects continue to attack one another and are not leading us toward the ideal of a heaven on earth. This can only be accomplished by having all humans become aware of the need to treat others with respect and as equals.
    End the violence and hatred! There is no justification. Our cultural beliefs have created a misshapen society that keeps telling itself that there's something wrong when everything would be fine if we could just accept ourselves and get on with it.

    November 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  8. Gina

    Newsflash – – We don't even live in a democracy, it's a republic!

    November 13, 2011 at 9:54 am |
  9. TestMapS

    @Tom Tom Piper's Son

    Before you post, you must answer this: 1+1=?

    November 12, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • Mirosal

      1+1=10 .. there are 10 kinds of people in the world ... those who speak binary, and those who don't

      November 14, 2011 at 6:15 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I "must"? Apparently not, since I've managed to post without answering anything, dufus.

      November 14, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  10. myklds

    To those who have faith, NO explanation is necessary. While to those who don't have (faith), NO explaination would be enough to satisfy its necessity.

    May God Bless all atheists with faith.

    November 12, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • In response.

      @mykids – may the religious acquire, through diligence and study, reason and the courage to face life as it actually (as opposed to how they wish) is.

      November 13, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • UncleM

      With the brainwashed, no rational discussion is possible.

      November 13, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
    • Joxer the Mighty

      UncleM – You are exactly right. It is usually no use arguing with the atheist or religiously brainwashed.

      November 14, 2011 at 6:11 am |
    • THOROUGH Response

      @@ In response

      May the spelling bee bless you with a decent spell checker.

      November 14, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • mAunt

      @Uncle M

      No way to brainwash irrational creatures. No wonder why religious people are brainwashed.

      November 14, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • Jay Paresons

      You are joking right? Faith is horrifying to me, whereas the pursuit of knowledge is admirable. I consider my self fortunate to live in the U.S. where I will (most likely) never have to worry about 1 dominant religion endorsed by the state. Faith may be a great thing for you, and I don't knock that, but we without faith, those who don't need it, are content.

      November 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  11. C. Smythe

    These primitive tribal religions have no place in a modern democracy . . . I don't know . . . something about separation of church and state???

    November 12, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
  12. John Stefanyszyn

    “My Take: 10 dos and don’ts for religion and democracy” By Tony Blair, Special to CNN
    (CNN’s Editor's Note: Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007, is founder and patron of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. He gave a speech in Italy on Friday on why the protection of religious freedom should be a priority for all democracies.)

    At the end of this article, Mr. Blair makes the following statement, “Remember that none of us are qualified to state with certainty the will of God – so humility, openness to others, and interfaith dialogue are all essential for a healthy society.”

    In other words, it seems that Mr. Blair is saying that since man does not know what is the Will of God that man should therefore do “his will” in order to have a “healthy” society.

    …..in other words man’s will above that of the One True God.

    The statement by Mr. Blair is misleading, false, and blasphemous against the Creator God.

    To start with, there was and is One, Christ Jesus, the Son of the Creator God, who qualified during His physical time on earth and is qualified today to state with certainty the Will of the True Creator Beginning.

    This Christ Jesus clearly stated the Will of God….to love the ONE and ONLY Creator with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength….in other words to acknowledge and serve only the One True Creator, and secondly to love our neighbor as ourselves…in other words to do good (by the righteousness of God) to others as to oneself.

    This clearly means that there is no other “god” or “religion” or “way of life” which can coexist with the True Creator or be acknowledged as having equal validity.
    This clearly means that there is no “way of life” or “belief” that is above the Father.
    This also means that there is only One Identifying Way to recognize who this Creator God is…and this way is Jesus Christ, the Son of the Creator Father, the coming King to rule man according to the One True Way of Life.

    The way that Mr. Blair is preaching is wide…many people follow it and desire it… and so is its gate that leads away from the truth and to death.
    The way and gate to the True God is narrow and difficult (because man rejects the Will of God and desires, instead, to live according to his own will, his own self-interests, his own self-righteousness.

    There will be the gnashing of teeth and the weeping of eyes when man will not accept and reject the reality of Christ and the One True Way of Life.

    November 12, 2011 at 8:37 am |
    • Kebos

      Oh brother. Spare me the soap box. There is no god, there is no jesus, there is no mohammed. There is only mankind. Grow up!

      November 12, 2011 at 9:30 am |
    • Reality

      An update on Judaism and also Jesus:

      :
      1. origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

      “New Torah For Modern Minds

      Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

      Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.

      The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine docu-ment. “

      2. Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

      The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.

      earlychristianwritings.com/theories.html

      For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

      Current RCC problems:

      Pedophiliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

      2 b., Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

      Current problems:
      Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

      November 12, 2011 at 10:42 am |
    • jas

      copy; paste

      November 12, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • Reality

      o Reiteration is great for the learning process. As is reading and rational thinking followed by conclusions based on all of it.

      November 13, 2011 at 12:06 am |
  13. syfredrick

    There is nothing that comes out of the mouth George Bush's poodle that can be given any credibility.

    November 12, 2011 at 7:53 am |
  14. Reality

    Another "non-profit" religion con game??

    I just checked guidestar.org's UK website. Tony Blair's Faith Foundation's income for 2010 was over $6 million. Now that is good money for huckstering the mumbo jumbo of religion.

    November 12, 2011 at 7:17 am |
    • John Stefanyszyn

      Sir,
      You said in your comment that Mr. Blair is "huckstering the mumbo jumbo of religion". At first reading of the article it may seem that your comment is right, however, what Mr. Blair is really "huckstering" is the belief in freedom of religion before and above any "traditional" religion or any personal "faith". He is "huckstering" the belief in freedom of rights and democracy.

      In doing so, Mr. Blair is also denying the truth of creation and the One True Creator and denying the confirmation of the One True Way of Life as witnessed to man by Christ, yes....the Son of the Creator God and the One King to rule the earth at His return.

      There are only two roads ending at only two gates. One is wide and one is very narrow.
      Which way of life is the wide road with the wide gate?
      .....the one that all people desire to live by...the desire to live by one's own self interests,,,,self-will,,,self-rule.

      November 12, 2011 at 7:58 am |
    • Jessica

      Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

      November 12, 2011 at 9:02 am |
    • Kebos

      John, you just keep sipping that kool-aid along with your buddy Tony. Ridiculous!

      November 12, 2011 at 9:31 am |
    • Reality

      Jessica,

      Good one!!!

      November 12, 2011 at 10:35 am |
    • Reality

      John,

      A prayer you might want to consider:

      The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated by yours truly based on the studies of NT historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

      Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven?????

      I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
      preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
      named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
      girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

      Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
      Jerusalem.

      Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
      ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

      Amen

      November 12, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  15. TJeff1776

    "This guy is a war criminal" is patently ridiculous. The accusation " and probably a CIA agent. Anyone COULD be anything. I assume you are probably around 12 yrs old and therefore get a free ride. If not, then you certainly operate at that level.....or lower.

    November 12, 2011 at 7:14 am |
  16. Unconventional

    Blair is a disgraceful human being, and should be behind bars.

    Perhaps the Occupy Movement will bring us to the point where we once again as a society decide we want to uphold the rule of law, not just for the petty crimes of the poor, but also the high crimes of the rich and their politician puppets like Blair.

    Perhaps.

    November 12, 2011 at 7:06 am |
  17. MikeD

    I think the second one would've been improved a little if it had said "its about the co-existence of culture and mindset"

    November 12, 2011 at 6:53 am |
  18. Atomic Lobotomy

    This guy is a war criminal and probably a CIA agent. He is responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians. He has no business telling ANYBODY what to do and what not to do. He, along with George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, should be on trial in a Nuremberg trial.

    November 12, 2011 at 5:29 am |
    • peterr54

      Is it not odd that Tony Blair as special middle east envoy spends doesn't spend a lot of time in muslim countries these days?

      And i dont' hear of many muslims converting to the "faith" which he shares with his evangelical brother GWB.

      November 12, 2011 at 5:52 am |
  19. Pro-demon

    My point is give me a prediction that wll last a lifetime for humanity.

    November 12, 2011 at 4:46 am |
  20. Jon shand

    You have a choice. Choose life or choose death. Revelations tells us what's going to happen. Look around and you will see that what is written in there is happening now. The "new" financial environment is ready to begin and you will not be able to buy or sell anyhing without the mark. Read the bible and in your heart you will know it to be the truth.

    November 12, 2011 at 4:43 am |
    • PFUI

      If you want to get your thrills and chills from that sci-fi/horror/fantasy story, go right ahead. At least you could get the name of the stupid book correct, though, moron.

      November 12, 2011 at 5:10 am |
    • James

      You mean like that illuminati eye on the dollar bill ..............LOL.People who don`t like their beliefs being laughed at shouldn`t have such funny beliefs.

      November 12, 2011 at 8:57 am |
    • Kebos

      Jon shand – Yeah, you just keep on reading and believing in the mark and whatever else you see as the truth coming from a bunch of twisted, contradictory and totally mythical books that we all call the bible. Me, I choose to live in the real world. You and I will end up in the same place. Just the trip we take will be yours, one of make-believe and self-imposed delusion. And mine, one of savoring life and enjoying all it has to offer without the control, greed and bias that religion is.

      November 12, 2011 at 9:36 am |
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