Tony Blair's advisers have prevented him from discussing
his Christian faith in public. Former communications director
Alastair Campbell, an avowed atheist, fears Blair could sound
too much like President George W. Bush, the Daily Telegraph
In a recent Vanity Fair magazine interview with the
Prime Minister, Campbell cut off questions about Blair's Christian
faith by saying: "We don't do God."
The Times said Blair's advisers prevented him from
closing his speech at the start of the Iraq war with "God
bless you." The Times reported one adviser as
saying: "You are talking to lots of people who don't
want chaplains pushing stuff down their throats."
Blair reportedly responded: "You are the most ungodly
lot I have ever..." Speechwriter Peter Hyman, who is
Jewish, replied tartly: "Ungodly? Count me out."
An impromptu theological debate ensued, the Times
said, with one staff member saying, "That's not the same
God," and Blair replying defiantly, "It is the same
God and George Bush
George Bush claims to hear God. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz
quotes Bush's exact words (from his mid-2003 summit in the
Middle East): "God told me to strike at al-Qaida and
I struck them, and then He instructed me to strike at Saddam,
which I did".
So, the man with his finger on the nuclear button hears voices
in his head. (Moscow Times, June 27, 2003)