For the umpteenth time, Baroness Warsi, ‘we don’t do God’ was not a major strategic statement, but an attempt to bring to an end an interview in which an American journalist was asking ‘one final question’ after ‘one final question’ and ‘finally, finally’ asked TB about his faith.
I suppose I ought to be flattered that my throwaway remarks somehow enter the national debate and are still being used years later. It’s just a shame that the context gets mangled, and then further mangled when political opponents try to use it for political advantage pegged to a Papal State visit.
There is something of a nasty streak in these Tories, always on the look-out for an opportunity to take a whack back at the previous government. Nice to hear the Pope showing a bit of manners to the previous government just now.
When I tweeted this morning that Baroness Warsi had missed the point, I also said it was possible to be a pro-faith atheist. Fair to say this did not meet with universal approval from my fellow twitterers. But I think it is entirely possible to be an atheist without feeling the moral superiority that so many atheists seeem to display, and without denigrating those who do have a faith.
Inter-faith diaolgue is in its own way going to be as important as political and diplomatic dialogue in the coming years and it cannot and should not be willed away. My ‘we don’t do God’ was simply part of a view that in UK politics, it is always quite dangerous to mix religion and politics, not least because the electorate are not keen on it, and the media and politicians tend to misrepresent it whenever it happens, Baroness Warsi providing the latest example.