Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Portillo and politico-religiosity

A couple of communicants have emailed Cranmer asking for comment on Michael Portillo’s article in The Times on the relationship between faith and politics, because ‘that’s what you’re about’.

Well, yes and no.

Firstly, Cranmer blogs on whatever he wishes; and secondly, he couldn’t be bothered to waste his very valuable time, or insult the intelligence of his communicants, on such a puerile, superficial, unintelligent load of dross. Take this, for example:

I worry because men of power who take instruction from unseen forces are essentially fanatics . . . I would be more reassured to hear that the Tory leader goes to church because that is what it takes to get a child into the best of state schools, not because he is a believer.

With the capacity for such ill-informed and patronising generalisation, it comes as a relief that Mr Portillo is no longer in Parliament.

Cranmer is occasionally invited to fisk. Indeed, one such request came just over a week ago, and may be found here. A fisking of Portillo would have taken quite a few pages, and there are simply more important things in life than attempting to respond to a soul absorbed by his own conceit. And anyway, Lord Rees-Mogg has now responded in The Times, saving Cranmer the bother.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Alexandrian said...

Upon reading of Mr Portillo's opinions, my first thought was "the fool seems to have said in his heart 'there is no god'"

Perhaps a more appropriate comment would be that made by the apostle in Romans 1:20-22

27 February 2007 at 10:27  
Anonymous Voyager said...

I worry because men of power who take instruction from unseen forces are essentially fanatics .

Don't you recognise this phrase Your Grace ? It is of course bowdlerised from Chapter 24 (V) of The General Theory by J M Keynes

Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back.


Portillo is so pitifully educated

27 February 2007 at 11:17  
Anonymous Colin said...

Thank you, His Grace, for the link to fisking. There I learned that handwaving is considered poor form. Googling for handwaving, I found at the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Western Australia, a most interesting list of invalid techniques of proof:

1.16 Proof by cosmology

The negation of the proposition is unimaginable or meaningless. Popular for proofs of the existence of God.

3.3 Proof by religious belief

God told us that X is true (frequent among creationists)

Is there anybody able to fisk 1.16 and 3.3 ?

27 February 2007 at 12:01  
Blogger wrinkled weasel said...

Great minds, etc. I started a fisk of Portillo on Conservative Home, but got so bored I gave up.

Like His Grace, I realised that responding to such pitiful dreck would lend it the credibility it does not deserve.

I mean, where do you begin?

27 February 2007 at 12:13  
Anonymous billy said...

I emailed him after reading the article.
He ought to reflect on the fact that he lost a safe London seat while working in London, and the quality of the person voted in his place should cause him some dismay.
He has found his level as a scribbler.

27 February 2007 at 17:19  
Blogger Newmania said...

some academic scribbler of a few years back.
Astonishing isn`t it the Keynes should have decided that ,ultimately,academics ruled the world. I tend to the view that it is Insurance Brokers...... and by an equally astonishing coincidence......
I feel the other way round about it . I am always cheered to find out that a politician has some faith even though it remains beyond me.

27 February 2007 at 21:56  
Anonymous Voyager said...

I think Newmania he meant philosophers - the notion of "academics" is a modern one

28 February 2007 at 05:48  
Blogger Little Black Sambo said...

Portillo is just a symptom. In so many otherwise intelligent postings to other blogs God is wittily dismissed as an "imaginary friend", with the implication that Christians are idiots.

28 February 2007 at 11:13  
Anonymous Tejus said...

your grace.. have been away awhile.. read some of your previous posts today.. most interesting i must say.. especially the one on treason and the roads leading to rome..

1 March 2007 at 03:14  
Anonymous Tejus said...

your grace.. have been away awhile.. read some of your previous posts today.. most interesting i must say.. especially the one on treason and the roads leading to rome..

1 March 2007 at 03:14  

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