St Dave and the iconoclast

It takes a very special type of imbecile to provoke such seemingly contradictory feelings of utter boredom and total annoyance, but David Cameron has managed to take up the mantle with this latest batch of pontifications.

I didn’t think it was possible to spout so many cliches in quite such a confused way, but Call Me Dave has pulled it off with aplomb:

Describing himself as a "committed" but only "vaguely practising" Christian, the PM admitted he was "full of doubts" about big theological issues.

But he staunchly defended the role of religion in politics and said the Bible in particular was crucial to British values.

So…although he describes himself as a believer, but not a practising one, he has lots of doubts about major issues…

Well, that sounds as if he’s really got the Christian faith all sorted out for himself, doesn’t it?

Perhaps that’s why he now feels qualified to state that:

We are a Christian country and we should not be afraid to say so

and that a revival of traditional Christian values is needed to counter Britain’s

"moral collapse"

So, this ‘weekend’ Christian sees religious faith – not that he has much if he’s assailed by so many major doubts – as the country’s salvation.

I wonder what the empirical basis of this belief is?

It’s no good, of course, waiting to see what the prominent writer – and atheist – Christopher Hitchens would have made of this, because he died yesterday at the absurdly early age of 62.

However, using a few choice Hitchens quotes, it’s not difficult to imagine…

“Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.”

“The governor of Texas, who, when asked if the Bible should also be taught in Spanish, replied that ‘if English was good enough for Jesus, then it’s good enough for me.”

“To ‘choose’ dogma and faith over doubt and experience is to throw out the ripening vintage and to reach greedily for the Kool-Aid.”

“Organised religion is violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism, tribalism, and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children.”

“Jesus is Santa Claus for Adults”

I think it’s fairly safe to say that Cameron’s latest verbal arsegravy would have been roundly kicked into touch by Hitchens.

Christopher Hitchens will be sadly missed.

Which is more than fucking Cameron will be…

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  2. “Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.”

    And what would have been Christopher Hitchens’ empirical basis for this claim, I wonder?

    His brother Peter was more than a match for Christopher on many occasions. Would that we had opposing politicians of the calibre of those two, instead of the faux opposing dross we are lumbered with.

  3. “Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.”

    I wonder what empirical basis Christopher Hitchens’ had for that claim……

    His brother Peter regularly bested him in debate – what a shame we do not have opposing politicians of their calibre, rather than the faux opposing dross we are lumbered with.

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