Tony Blair is a scumbag

There are lots of reasons to dislike Tony Blair. The fact he supported and participated in the War in Iraq already qualifies him as downright dastardly, and his growing religiosity is becoming a matter of serious concern. He’s made no bones about trying to be President of the European Council, and considering Europe is largely secular, his recent statements should alarm any atheist or agnostic living there:

We face the challenge of relevance – showing how faith can be a force for the future, for progress, that it will not fade as science, technology and material prosperity alters the way we live. We face an aggressive secular attack from without. We face the threat of extremism from within.

Those who scorn God and those who do violence in God’s name, both represent views of religion. But both offer no hope for faith in the twenty first century.

What the fuck is this asshole talking about? Is he equating sectarian violence with peaceful secular protest? Does he really believe atheism is the root of evil? This is the same man who followed religious nutbag George W. Bush into Babylon, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis; and for what? Oil? Yeah, the secular left who opposed this tragedy of a war must be the bad guys. Can’t you just see us strapping ourselves to explosives and murdering innocent civilians all in the name of no God? I wonder what that would look like…

Comments (21)

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    subo

    Oh, come on, Jake. Al Gore too would’ve invaded Iraq for no discernible reason.

    The future will not be run by WASPs to the extent that the past was. The sooner Blair realizes this essential truth, the sooner he’ll stop sounding like an intolerant knob.

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    JPaper

    Well, throughout his Prime Minister-ship he really did keep his faith quiet; no-one found out about it until afterwards. So, although I don’t think he should be the new President of Europe or whatever it is, I think he compartmentalises it fairly well.

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    Lifer

    What do you say when confronted with Hitchens arguments about why the war in Iraq was necessary? He’s actually quite right-wing about the topic and listening to him has changed a lot of opinions I’d held previously. I find myself relenting on certain points and viewing the situation through a different lens and.. I find it pretty hard to argue with anything the man says!

    I can’t link to anything off the top of my head but the jist of it is, “It had to happen sometime, better now than later.”

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    Razzle

    The worst part about secularists is their book that says Hitchens wants you to kill people If they believe in God.

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    Jacob Fortin

    I disagree on Hitchen’s viewpoint that Iraq had to be invaded. Besides, the whole thing was so poorly managed and a complete disaster. Why does anyone think Neo-Cons should be travelling around trying to implement their disastrous economic policies. They already tried that shit in the 80’s in Latin America, and that worked out so well, didn’t it?

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    Razzle

    I was mocking the Bible, if you were referring your comments to me. Hitchens never said kill people for the sole reason that they believe in God, while the Bible says kill people if they believe in other gods.

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    Jessica

    Despite being a bit of a twat when it comes to Iraq and religion, Tony wasn’t actually that terrible a PM. Not nearly as bad as Gogsy Brown.

  • avatar

    Jacob Fortin

    ^So apparently a guy can invade a foreign country for no good reason and still be a good PM? That’s whitewashing history, right there, no?

  • avatar

    Razzle

    =( the political debate =(

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    Jessica

    He wasn’t a good PM, he just isn’t George Bush incompetent is all I mean.

  • avatar

    Renee Hendricks

    I’ve often wondered something similar – why is it you never see an atheist hijack a plane in the name of…um…ok, the name of nothing really.

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    Jessica Sideways

    Sadly, many theists actually believe that crapola.

  • avatar

    Margaret

    Someone should section him.

  • avatar

    Razzle

    I wish this site was a little less about liberal v conservative. I understand that, that’s what you guys gotta go with if that’s what peaks your interest. I dunno, a boy can dream eh?

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    Isaac

    What does the blue flag say?

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    Jacob Fortin

    RDF. I kind of screwed up the letters.

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    yankee

    I didn’t vote for GWB, but I never dreamt that once he was elected that your PM would have caved in to this horrid war monger. So much for new Labor I guess.

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    Ella Westphalen

    Nice, i like your articles a lot and will be excited to read more

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    jeannie

    Tony Blair in this comic looks more like a young Jack Nicholson.

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    John

    I’m an atheist, but I actually agree with what Tony said (at least the quote above). Let’s break it down.

    “We face the challenge of relevance”
    True. Religion is losing it’s importance, and in many countries non-religious is rising.

    “Showing how faith can be a force for the future, for progress, that it will not fade as science, technology and material prosperity alters the way we live.”
    That’s their challenge. I don’t think they can do it, but that’s what they would have to do for theists, so he’s not wrong.

    “We face an aggressive secular attack from without. We face the threat of extremism from within.”
    True albeit he’s bending the truth. The aggressive secular attack he’s talking about is words, of people like Hitchens and Dawkins and Harris. You need to realise that to a theist, ANY talk of atheism is considered an attack, even if you do it calmly and rationally.

    “Those who scorn God and those who do violence in God’s name, both represent views of religion.”
    True. One represents the view that religion is hogwash. The other represents the view that religion is the most important thing in life and if you don’t agree with mine I’ll fly a plane into your buildings.

    “But both offer no hope for faith in the twenty first century.”
    Technically true, albeit he’s worded it to sound like an ass. Atheism and extremism both offer no hope for FAITH (as in religion). Atheism obviously kills faith dead, and extremism perverts faith (according to non-extremists).

    So technically everything he said was correct. I just don’t agree with what he’s trying to do.

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    Paul Forbus

    HMM? Am I the only one who finds a suicide bomb about as far as you can get from a “Rational” act especially from someone claiming rationality. It would have been much better for the second panel to show some obvious beneficial act or invention especially it if happens to blow away any mythological piffle.

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