Taking questions for Tony Blair
February 4th, 2011
11:45 AM ET

Taking questions for Tony Blair

CNN is scheduled to sit down with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Monday at his faith foundation headquarters in London.

Since leaving office in 2007, Blair has devoted much of his time to faith-based work, launching the Tony Blair Faith Foundation to promote interfaith efforts (it was his first big initiative after stepping down), leading a course in religion and globalization at Yale University and partnering with American faith leaders like the Rev. Rick Warren on issues like fighting poverty.

Blair also made headlines for converting to Catholicism shortly after he left 10 Downing Street.

What would you ask Blair? Post your question in comments and CNN Belief Blog contributor Richard Allen Greene will work one into his interview, which we'll post here next week.

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Filed under: Christianity • Europe • Politics • United Kingdom

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  1. test


    September 5, 2012 at 9:10 am |
  2. Houdan

    My question to Tony Blair;

    What can the 2011 Faith Act Fellows achieve that was not met/achieved by the previous group of 30?

    All the best to those lucky candidates of 2011.


    February 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  3. Salima Yakoob

    Good Luck Tony Blair!

    February 7, 2011 at 7:18 am |
  4. Muneef

    Al-Alaq sura 96:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    Read: In the name of thy Lord Who createth, (1) Createth man from a clot. (2) Read: And thy Lord is the Most Bounteous, (3) Who teacheth by the pen, (4) Teacheth man that which he knew not. (5) Nay, but verily man is rebellious (6) That he thinketh himself independent! (7) Lo! unto thy Lord is the return. (8) Hast thou seen him who dissuadeth (9) A slave when he prayeth? (10) Hast thou seen if he relieth on the guidance (of Allah) (11) Or enjoineth piety? (12) Hast thou seen if he denieth (Allah's guidance) and is froward? (13) Is he then unaware that Allah seeth? (14) Nay, but if he cease not We will seize him by the forelock – (15) The lying, sinful forelock – (16) Then let him call upon his henchmen! (17) We will call the guards of hell. (18) Nay, Obey not thou him. But prostrate thyself, and draw near (unto Allah). (19).

    At-Tin sura 95:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    By the fig and the olive, (1) By Mount Sinai, (2) And by this land made safe; (3) Surely We created man of the best stature (4) Then we reduced him to the lowest of the low, (5) Save those who believe and do good works, and theirs is a reward unfailing. (6) So who henceforth will give the lie to thee about the judgment? (7) Is not Allah the most conclusive of all judges? (8).

    February 6, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  5. Muneef

    Al-Asr sura 103:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    By the declining day, (1) Lo! man is a state of loss, (2) Save those who believe and do good works, and exhort one another to truth and exhort one another to endurance. (3).

    Al-Bayyina sura 98:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    Those who disbelieve among the People of the Scripture and the idolaters could not have left off (erring) till the clear proof came unto them, (1) A messenger from Allah, reading purified pages (2) Containing correct scriptures. (3) Nor were the People of the Scripture divided until after the clear proof came unto them. (4) And they are ordered naught else than to serve Allah, keeping religion pure for Him, as men by nature upright, and to establish worship and to pay the poor-due. That is true religion. (5) Lo! those who disbelieve, among the People of the Scripture and the idolaters, will abide in fire of hell. They are the worst of created beings. (6) (And) lo! those who believe and do good works are the best of created beings. (7) Their reward is with their Lord: Gardens of Eden underneath which rivers flow, wherein they dwell for ever. Allah hath pleasure in them and they have pleasure in Him. This is (in store) for him who feareth his Lord. (8).

    Al-Adiyat sura 100:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    By the snorting coursers, (1) Striking sparks of fire (2) And scouring to the raid at dawn, (3) Then, therewith, with their trail of dust, (4) Cleaving, as one, the centre (of the foe), (5) Lo! man is an ingrate unto his Lord (6) And lo! he is a witness unto that; (7) And lo! in the love of wealth he is violent. (8) Knoweth he not that, when the contents of the graves are poured forth (9) And the secrets of the breasts are made known, (10) On that day will their Lord be perfectly informed concerning them. (11).

    February 6, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  6. Kim Gilbreath

    Is Jesus Christ the real Messiah? That's the only question I have for Tony Blair.

    February 6, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • Muneef

      Kim Gilbreath.

      The Holy Quran certifies that Jesus (Isa) the Son of Maryam is the Messiah....isn't that enough for you ? At least millions believe in the Quran but not a word told by Tony Blair (Bush Puppet) for the illegal Iraqi invasion looking for that they never found just as those who lied and believed their lie living it...

      February 6, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
  7. Hugh Massengill

    Mr. Blair, suppose there were two world leaders who conspired to invade a country, kill its leaders, and take a lot of its natural resources. If that invasion took place, would the world through the UN be able to look at the war crime, put the two in the Dock, and possibly put them in jail?
    If not, then why have other world leaders been jailed for war crimes?
    What is your definition of a war crime by a national leader, and how are you not one who is included in that definition?

    February 6, 2011 at 7:55 am |
    • Reality

      The reality of today's world and the War Against Terror and Aggression:

      An update (or how we are spending or how we have spent the USA taxpayers’ (and sometimes the UK taxpayers' )money to eliminate global terror and aggression)

      The terror and aggression via a Partial and Recent Body Count

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat98,691 – 107,707
      Iraqi civilians killed as of 11/9/2010, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,116 killed in action, 902 killed in non-combat situations as of 08/10/2010. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15) Followed by the daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings every day in the terror world of Islam.

      16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

      17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

      18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

      Continued below:
      Other elements of our War on Terror and Aggression:

      -Operation Iraqi Freedom- The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat, 97,172 – 106,047 Iraqi civilians killed as of 8/10/2010 mostly due the Shiite and Sunni suicide bombers.

      – Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,116 killed in action, 902 killed in non-combat situations as of 08/10/2010. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror,

      – Sa-dd-am, his sons and major he-nchmen have been deleted. Sa-dd-am's bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.

      – Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)

      – Libya has become almost civil. Recently Libya agreed to pay $1.5 billion to the victims of their terrorist activities. Apparently this new reality from an Islamic country has upset OBL and his “cra-zies” as they have thre-atened Libya. OBL sure is a di-sgrace to the world especially the Moslem world!!! Or is he???

      – North Korea is still u-ncivil but is contained.

      – Northern Ireland is finally at peace.

      – The Jews and Palestinians are being separated by walls. Hopefully the walls will follow the 1948 UN accords. Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!

      – Bin La-d-en has been cornered under a rock in Western Pakistan since 9/11.

      – Fa-na–tical Islam has basically been contained to the Middle East but a wall between India and Pakistan would be a plus for world peace. Ditto for a wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

      – Timothy McVeigh was exe-cuted. Terry Nichols will follow soon.

      – Eric Ru-dolph is spending three life terms in pri-son with no par-ole.

      – Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, the "nuns" from Rwanda, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished.

      – Islamic Sudan, Dar-fur and So-malia are still terror hot spots.

      – The terror and tor-ture of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait were ended by the proper application of the military forces of the USA and her freedom-loving friends. Ra-dovan Karadzic was finally captured on 7/23/08 and is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war – charges related to the 1992-1995 civil war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia.

      – And of course the bloody terror brought about by the Ja-panese, Na-zis and Co-mmunists was with great difficulty eliminated by the good guys.

      February 6, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  8. HeavenSent

    Does Tony Blair even realize that England was chosen for the sanctuary of Christianity through Joseph of Arimathea, great uncle of Jesus Christ? If so, why is his foundation concerned with understanding between the major religious faiths when he should be concerned with ensuring that Jesus Christ's truth be known by ALL!

    This man is Clueless in the most important area that was his to protect!


    February 4, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
    • Reality

      Hopefully, your comments are some kind of joke.

      February 5, 2011 at 12:46 am |
    • EvolvedDNA

      And you wonder why there are athiests...

      February 5, 2011 at 1:08 am |
  9. Afghan-American

    This question is about Afghanistan war. The British had fought three wars against Afghans and the Afghans see the British entry into Afghan war as a fourth time without justification. No Afghan was involved in 7/7 or 911 nor any terrorist act abroad yet British entering the war in Afghanistan is seen as revenge for the British empire's failure in Afghanistan. From controlling the foreign Affairs of Afghanistan after the 1st Anglo-Afghan war to drawing the Durand line between the Pashtuns after the 2nd Anglo-Afghan war,
    Why should the Afghans trust the British when the forefathers of Afghans fought against the Empire and today you send your royal family member on military expeditions in Afghanistan, why good have you done for any other country you have entered into militarily- what good can you do for Afghanistan when you have never been sincere with Afghans, Afghan never bought the story of Britain entering the war to eliminate poppy fields, the world is aware poppy production increase where British are present and Afghans know very well the British empire introduced poppy growing over 200 years ago to Afghanistan for transport through silk road and on to Hong Kong. Again, what is your objective in Afghanistan and as Afghan predict you come with an agenda again to make the lives of Afghans miserable...The center of Terrorism, Pakistan, was created by Britain and the 1890-1920s British policy blueprint to use 'MAD Mullahs" against Afghanistan has been adopted by Islamabad. Often British Empires respond for being humiliated, to impose on Afghans some policy that is far from our reach to defend . But the world writes history according British script and will not print the truth and testify to the fact when Afghans were imprisoned by the British empire for opening schools for their children. Though Afghans blame ourselves first..know from the burning of schools, poppy growing, use of Mullahs, interference in Afghan affairs, to pitting Afghan against Afghans have the British foot print(British empire started as others follow their footsteps).

    This is comments is to show my discontent for British imperialism, the world is a mess from Asia, Africa, to the middle east because of British imperalism...and the reason America is America today is because it stood against British imperialism, to take lessons from British policy makers is humiliation to the forefathers of America.

    Ghazi Amanullah K.

    February 4, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
  10. Stuart Hopkins

    Have you gone all "god squad" because you feel guilty for sending people to their deaths and being responsible for deaths of 1000'ds of innocent people. I didn't realise that in voting for a prime minister we would be voting for someone who plays god with peoples lives.

    You release a lockerby bomber from prison who was responsible also for hundreds of peoples deaths, then comment on the Egypt protests, saying "the president is a force for good" are you completely stupid. Do you not understand that the Egyptian Government are persecuting thier people. You make people ashamed to be British.

    February 4, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  11. Reality


    Mr. Blair's Foundation (he is the sole member) had assets of over a million dollars in the 2008-2009 IRS reporting period. As per IRS Form 990 (guidestar.org), he only works one hour a week for the Foundation but somehow is able to spend $800,000 on non-reported items? Hmmm??

    Another "non-profit" religion con game??

    February 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  12. Juan-Salvador Perez

    Faith or Reason?

    February 4, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
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