Tony Blair: Studying other religions strengthened Catholic faith
The whole Telegraph article is worth reading, but the clearest inference of this statement is that in his efforts to study and understand other religions, he was persuaded of the rightness of the Christian worldview, and reinforced in his understanding of catholicity. By overcoming his ignorance of other faiths, he has rationally arrived at the view that they are all wrong, and that the Roman Catholic Church is right.
It is not the most diplomatic way of anointing 100 ‘mostly young people’ of varying faiths as ‘inter-religious ambassadors’. It is, however, the plainest acknowledgement made by him that in issues of religion, discrimination is a necessity and assertions of equality are nonsensical. If one is to be free to choose one’s faith, one has to be free to discriminate. It then becomes no business of the State to legislate against those issues of conscience which are intrinsic to one’s belief.
What a pity he was never so enlightened when he was prime minister.