Hazel Blears: Government ‘should teach right and wrong’
She is of the opinion that that it is time that the whole community stood up for democracy, and told those who would reject it that they were wrong. She said: “There is a need for moral clarity, a dividing line rooted in our overriding sense of what is right and wrong. There is a line when respect for other cultures is crossed and a universal morality should kick in.”
This has been taken as a ‘reaffirmation of values’ in the face of ‘extremist religious groups that nurture violent attitudes’.
She just does not name
‘Cultural differences, or fear of causing offence, should not be allowed to cloud people’s judgement of what was unacceptably extreme behaviour. A statement from her office said: “A nervousness on the part of public policy-makers towards religion and culture . . . has led to a number of recent questionable judgements spawned by an overzealous commitment to political correctness.”
‘People who were leaders acted in the belief that they were protecting others from offence; but it was not always clear who they were protecting or from what. “A creeping tide of oversensitivity and intolerance is in danger of threatening religion’s legitimate place in the public sphere.”
‘Ms Blears said that the political-correctness pendulum had swung too far. “Worse, at times leaders have been reluctant to challenge absolutely unacceptable behaviour: forced marriage, female genital mutilation, or homophobia.”
‘Such “oversensitive approaches” to this kind of behaviour could alienate certain groups. “Prominent figures in faith communities have repeatedly said, for instance, that they are not offended by public manifestations of the Christian faith.”
One has to wonder why she has been silent on this matter for so long. And why is she speaking now? Did she object to the banning of Geert Wilders from the United Kingdom? Did she speak out against Lord Ahmed’s threat against Parliament? Has she uttered a word in defence of Catholic adoption agencies? Has she defended the manifest educational benefits of schools with a Christian ethos? Has she sided with Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor in his concerns about Labour’s understanding of tolerance, which is fundamentally intolerant of anything Christian? Or Labour’s façade of democracy, which is Marxist and totalitarian?
Of course not.
She may be Iain Dale’s favourite chipmunk, but she appears to have been gnawing her politics to the point of hollowness.