Blair's goals for the new foundation are threefold:
- Tackle poverty and war,
- Improve awareness between world religions, and
- Promote faith.
Mr. Blair said there was "nothing more important" than creating understanding between different faiths and cultures.Nothing? I certainly disagree with that. Also, since atheism is clearly not a faith (and does not require any faith whatsoever), I guess we atheists are again left out in the cold.
I'm all for the notion that we should increasingly view ourselves as global citizens, but I fail to see how religious faith can serve this goal. Each of the big monotheistic religions teaches believers that they alone are right and that everyone else is wrong. Each of the three devalues persons from other faith traditions or no faith tradition at all. In short, a great deal of divisiveness is built in.
If Blair is serious about countering religious extremism in each of the leading world religions, I can support that component of his plan. However, I am absolutely convinced that the only effective path to this important goal involves less faith rather than more.
But Mr Blair said while in office he feared being branded a "nutter" if he talked about his religious views.If the term "nutter" means what I suspect it does, the label just might be deserved.