4th March 2013

“The bad that is done in the name of religion is intrinsically grounded in the scripture of religion.”

Tony Blair

5 Responses to “4th March 2013”

  1. R J Says:

    DO TELL.

  2. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    If man insists on externalizing his true self in the form of “God,” then why fear his true self, in fearing “God,”—why praise his true self in praising “God,”—why remain externalized from “God” in order to engage in ritual and religious ceremony in his name?
    Man needs ritual and dogma, but no law states that an externalized god is necessary in order to engage in ritual and ceremony performed in a god’s name! Could it be that when he closes the gap between himself and his “God” he sees the demon of pride creeping forth—that very embodiment of Lucifer appearing in his midst?

    —Anton LaVey, The Satanic Bible, pp. 44–45

  3. D Says:

    First this quote is badly in need of its context. As it is, it makes Tony Blair sound less religious than he is. Mr. Blair was attempting to paraphrase Christopher Hitchens’ argument in a debate.

    “I think that the most convincing argument is — and the argument that people of faith have got to deal with is actually the argument Christopher has just made, which is that the bad that is done in the name of religion is intrinsically grounded in the scripture of religion. That is the single most difficult argument.” ~Tony Blair, Nov. 2010 in a debate against Christopher Hitchens.

    Mr. Blair then tries to defend the question by saying that some religious people are better behaved than others and that we should not judge religion by its fanatics alone. I.e., the good Christians vs. bad Christians argument. He also seems to concede the point somewhat that while scriptures do inspire evil men to commit evil acts, they also inspire good in people and is therefore worth keeping and working to improve upon.

    What prompted Blair to say this and what partially answers it is what Christopher Hitches said previously to it.

    “This is what I mean when I say religion is a real danger to the survival of civilisation, and it makes this banal regional and national dispute … a nothingness, if it makes that, not just lethally insoluble, but is drawing in other contending parties, who really wish, openly wish, for an apocalyptic conclusion to it, as also bodied forth in the same scriptural texts, in other words that it will be the death of us all, the death of humanity, the end of the world, end of the whole suffering veil of tears, which is the … not something that happens because people misinterpret the texts, it is because they believe in them, that’s the problem, thank you.” ~ Chistopher Hitchens, Nov. 2010 in a debate against Tony Blair.

    In other words, the scriptures or the interpretations of them don’t harm society but some of the credulous people who believe them do.

    The whole debate is worth watching. Search youtube for: Christopher Hitchens vs Tony Blair Debate Is Religion A Force For Good In The World.

  4. Capt'Z Says:

    You’re spot on, D. Annoying. Mr. Blair doesn’t believe this.

  5. R J Says:

    CAPT Z

    i agree.