Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Tony Blair Faith Foundation - the Gospel according to Tony

Not only does Tony Blair presume to tell the Pope that he is out of step with modernity by opposing homosexuality, but yesterday he upstaged the crucifixion of Jesus by choosing to launch his Faith Foundation (again?) on Good Friday, in the presence of Bill Clinton at the headquarters of media group Time Warner.

Presumably His Holiness the Pope was otherwise engaged.

In addition to being the Middle East messiah envoy (which remains his full-time job [or is it part-time with his 'Faith and Globalisation' course at Yale?]), the former prime minister will now lead The Tony Blair Faith Foundation ‘to tackle global poverty, challenge conflict and unite the world's religions’ - all while campaigning to become the first President of Europe. The man is not only insensitive to holy occasion, but devoid of all humility and lacking any sense of proportion.

Mr Blair said there was ‘nothing more important’ than creating understanding between different faiths and cultures. He said the Foundation is ‘how I want to spend the rest of my life’ – it is his ‘vocation’ (presumably literally) to help people to become ‘global citizens as well as citizens of our country’ because ‘idealism (is) the new realism’.

But Cranmer was intrigued to read that ‘one of the goals of the foundation was to counter extremism in all six leading religions’. Mr Blair said: "Though there is much focus, understandably, on extremism associated with the perversion of the proper faith of Islam, there are elements of extremism in every major faith."

Setting aside that 'extremism' is far more frequently an attribute of minority faiths and cults, Mr Blair’s definition of ‘extremism’ in the major faiths is essentially that form of faith from which he personally dissents. And extremist Buddhism (the Buddhaists?) is known to pose a very great threat to world peace. Mr Blair has in the past spoken of ‘Protestant bigots’ (never Catholic), but it is invidious to equate the Islamist suicide bomber with the views of Pope Benedict on homosexuality. And that is precisely what he is doing. Tony Blair’s ‘extremist’ is the one who holds ‘entrenched attitudes’ or adheres to any dogmatic theology particularly strongly; the one who refuses to heed ‘public opinion’ and ‘rethink the issues’ in light of the latest fad, however ephemeral it may be.

There is no rock in the Gospel according to Tony: it is proudly built on shifting sand. There is no anchor to secure it during a storm; it ebbs and flows with every current of opinion.

Former President Clinton said that Tony Blair is “a good man as well as a great leader", adding: “his own religious faith is genuine, deep and shapes his life".

One wonders how ‘genuine’ and ‘deep’ a faith may be when it is kept hidden under a bushel for 10 years in order that one is not branded a ‘nutter’ so that one’s political career may progress unhindered.

It takes a charlatan to sing the praises of a charlatan.

34 Comments:

Blogger The Heresiarch said...

Launched his Faith Foundation? Yet again? That must be at least the fifth time.

TB announces the launch of his Faith Foundation more often then Gordon Brown announces new spending plans.

11 April 2009 at 09:55  
Anonymous Hereward said...

All this and President of Europe too? With any luck he'll be too busy posturing for the media to do any actual harm. Though one does wish that he would retire gracefully back under the rotting log whence he emerged.

11 April 2009 at 10:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A recent Roman convert named Tony,
Told the Pope his gay doctrine was all pony
So on the day Jesus died
With BJ Bill at his side
The messiah launched the new 'Church of the Phoney'.

11 April 2009 at 10:12  
Anonymous len said...

What we are seeing here is a return to the religious system under Constantine.All religions are accepted and brought into the modern Pantheon in which human wisdom and institutions are seen as the ultimate authority to which all must submit.We also see that the world is demanding that religions co-operate in the cause of peace and those who proclaim that they have the only way to God are seen as enemies of peace.
Increasingly political leaders, Tony Blair included are calling for a New World Order which is backed by a spiritual power.
This N W O is the very thing prophesied in Revelation 17 -the woman( false religion) riding the beast(political power)

11 April 2009 at 10:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The more I learn of this man and his activities, the more appalled I become. Everything seems to be about self-aggrandisment; there is no humility.

11 April 2009 at 10:25  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does the Church of Rome tolerate this heretic? He contradicts his chief pastor and sets up an organization in his own name. Utterly shameless! The world has ropom for only One messiah at a time.

11 April 2009 at 10:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to anon - he is a helpful heretic. He will be discarded at some time.

As the old saying goes never play footsie with the Vatican. You'll lose.

11 April 2009 at 10:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He didn't stay behind to clean up his multicultural experimental mess. He certainly won't stick around when he causes religious friction everywhere he goes.
He thinks he IS a God. The man is mentally unstable and cor blimey, he was in charge of the British government. Mind you, his successor is equally insane.

11 April 2009 at 10:58  
Anonymous Preacher said...

The launch/relaunch of a tin pot cult is of little interest to the world, We've seen them come & go, it's the juggernaut behind all this that we must see. Blair's attempts are an egotistical pose, but that is being temporarily allowed by his masters who have bigger addendas. We have been sucked into a political & religous vortex called the European Union, this has been foisted on us by duplicity & deceit, len is quite right in his reading of revelation. We are possibly too entangled in this end times spider's web to escape now, but we must be bold in our faith & proclaim the true gospel of Jesus Christ the Messiah & saviour, until His return. We must not retreat into denial or bury our heads in the sand. Blairs toy 'faith' will be destroyed by his superiors like a battleship ramming a row boat.
Remember Pilates words on that first Easter? "What I have written, I have written" now read the promises of God in the book of Revelation and apply the same words to them! We have a wonderful future with a wonderful God, it's going to be tough, but when the going gets tough the tough get going.

11 April 2009 at 11:11  
Blogger Sackerson said...

I think Blair is an antinomian.

11 April 2009 at 11:27  
Anonymous TBF said...

Cranmer, you ought to understand that philosophy and politics are like opposites - you can't be convicted of much when you have to compromise all the time. Blair could only ever be a Tablet type of Catholic. He'd a be Sufi or soft-Sunni type of Muslim or a liberal Anglican type of Protestant. It's what liberal democracy demands.

11 April 2009 at 11:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just visited the Tony B Faith Foundation website.

I can understand the Archbishop of Canterbury's endorsement of this anti-christian 'lowest common denominator' religion, but am mystified and dismayed by the wholehearted endorsements of such traditional evangelicals as Nicky Gumbel (Alpha course pioneer) and Rick Warren (purpose driven church)

Can these men not see that the notion of Jesus Christ, Son of God is abhorrent to Muslim faith? And that the muslim's "far be it from God that He should have a Son", is abhorrent to those who worship Him as God?

Blair understands the spirit of the age and is taking full advantage of it. And many will be deceived into apostasy with him. If he is not the Antichrist, he certainly operates in same spirit.

11 April 2009 at 12:28  
Anonymous len said...

Tony Blair is building the perfect vehicle for the anti-christ.It will be a gate way into hell.
Christians need to preach the true Gospel of Jesus Christ as there is a spiritual battle going on!

11 April 2009 at 13:04  
Anonymous the recusant said...

An old Catholic priest lay dying in the hospital. For years he had faithfully served the people of London. He motioned for his nurse to come near.

"Yes, Father?" said the nurse.

"I would really like to see Gordon Brown and Tony Blair before I die," whispered the priest.

"I'll see what I can do, Father," replied the nurse.

The nurse sent the request to them and waited for a response.

Soon the word arrived. Gordon and Tony would be delighted to visit the priest. As they went to the hospital, Gordon commented to Tony "I don't know why the old priest wants to see me, but it will certainly help our images." Tony couldn't help but agree.

When they arrived at the dying man's room, the priest took Tony 's hand in his right hand and Gordon's hand in his left. There was silence and a look of serenity settled across the old priest's face.

Finally Tony spoke. "Father, of all the people you could have chosen, why did you choose us to be with you as you near the end?"

The old priest slowly replied. "I have always tried to pattern my life after our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." His voice trailed off . . .After a brief pause, he continued . . . "The Lord died between two lying thieves, and I would like to do the same."

11 April 2009 at 13:14  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Phoney Tony doesn't want to be labelled as a nutter?

Too late, I fear.

11 April 2009 at 13:24  
Anonymous mckenzie said...

There is not much I can add really. We all know what he is doing, and that is the main thing.

11 April 2009 at 14:14  
Anonymous mckenzie said...

I have just been watching a fascinating documentary about the birth of black holes in space. See it HERE if interested in such things. But apparently, black holes haunt our universe, dark centers of gravity that swallow everything in their path, dam scary. The opening scene to the film posed a question:

"What would you see if you get up close, and fall past the point of no return, into a netherworld of twisted space and time?"

The trouble is, it didn't really answer the question, but I have a fairly good idea from experience. I am not sure if we have reached the point of no return yet, but a netherworld of twisted time and space seems all too familiar to me. Tony Blair, the monster black hole which haunts the universe.

11 April 2009 at 15:36  
Anonymous Ernest said...

Good old Tone, true to form, he spins untl he is dizzy.

The man is an ego maniac, and urgently needs to seek treatment for it.

Of course, he could always go home to Cherie and raise his family in good catholic ways, and never, never make any more money!

Nah, he would not do that, it would be lke going straight to Purgatory, which he held us in, for as long as he was PM.

Time we found him a real job. Perhaps Sanitary Engineer in the Buckingham Palace loo would be appropriate.

11 April 2009 at 16:29  
Anonymous mckenzie said...

I can't get this prat out of my head today, he is irritating beyond belief.

I have re-watched that little video on the BBC link. He says:

"The world is undergoing tumultuous change. Globalisation, underpinned by technology is driving much of it (forgot to mention greed and dodgy banking practices), breaking down barriers (opening the flood gates), altering the composition of communities (for the worse), even countries (sounds familiar). Interdependence (swamped by skint immigrants) is now the recognised human condition. Change is causing the world to open up (flood gates) and become more interdependent (swamped), causing a need for peaceful co-existence (behead all those who insult the prophet) and working together (NATO and fake intelligence) to resolve common challenges (oil shortages)

We must become global citizens of our own country (convert to Islam). Idealism becomes the new realism (reality turns into cuckoo land). All this may sound impossibly idealistic.


Well, I can say that I agree with the last bit anyways. Most of what he says is idealistic, Utopian even, and how is it made any better, possible or believable when the person saying these things has lied, cheated and murdered hundreds of innocent people, and sank his own country into the depths of moral and financial depravity?

11 April 2009 at 16:32  
Anonymous Joshua said...

Tony Blair: The Bodhisattva - The Mahdi - The real Messiah (for the Jews) the second coming (for the rest of us).

I suppose it could be said that Saul was ridiculed in a similar fashion after his road to Damascus conversion. He was also a brutal killer. But Saul, if he was anything, he was consistent, and this is what makes his conversion all the more special and real. But Tony, you are not fooling anyone mate. You have shown an unparalleled display of ruthless, hypocritical, double-dealing and deceitful standard of self interest amorality and stealth, that only Satan himself would want to identify and associate with.

11 April 2009 at 17:03  
Anonymous Preacher said...

Gentlemen, I fear you credit Blair with too much power & influence. I believe he is a VERY small cog in an enormous wheel, simply a smoke screen, like all the focus on Islam, a real but diversionary tactic that will be eradicated in due time when Antichrist shows his true colours, then watch what happens.

11 April 2009 at 17:45  
Anonymous Roshack's Journal October 12th 1985 said...

This city is afraid of me, I have seen its true face. The streets are extended gutters, the gutters are full of blood, and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up around their waists, and the whores and politicians will look up and shout - "save us!", and I will whisper - "No!"

Now the whole world stands on the brink, staring down into the bloody hell; all those liberals, intellectuals, smooth talkers, and all of a sudden nobody could think of anything to say. Beneath me, this awful city screams like an abattoir full of retarded children, and the night reeks of fornication and bad consciences."

11 April 2009 at 18:04  
Anonymous Poliachi said...

I am the jester (Sneryu)

A fool’s crown worn
turning frowns upside down
but crying inside.


This Faith Foundation reminds me of a joke:

A man goes to his doctor and says, " Doctor, I am sad and depressed".

The doctor says, " I have heard that the comedian Polyachi is in town, go and see him, this is what you need to cheer you up."

The man answers, "But Doctor, I am Polyachi."

11 April 2009 at 19:10  
OpenID Richard said...

...agree with the sentiments here and your great post, but have I missed something, or was your link to him launching the organisation actually a link to last year's launch? I can't find any mention of a 4th April launch this year - and wonder whether his "launching on Good Friday" (with all that entails) is actually the bad luck of 4th April **2008** mirroring this year's date for Easter weekend...

I presume you've come to the link via the BBC's "most read" or something like it - sometimes it throws up stuff a year out of date?

Don't get me wrong - it doesn't change a thing about Blair or his role, but it's perhaps one less accusation that can be thrown at him!?

11 April 2009 at 20:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neither popey nor Tony offer a Gospel that saves.

11 April 2009 at 20:34  
Anonymous mckenzie said...

Richard

You have indeed highlighted an anomaly here. I thought about collecting some links to show you how wrong you were, but it seems that the BBC and SKY have both used the same source to suggest he has done a re-launch of the launch.??? Weirdness!

It reminds me of something Sir Walter Scott once said:

Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practice to deceive!

11 April 2009 at 21:48  
Blogger The Lakelander said...

When I created that Photoshopped image of Tony Blair, it was meant to have been a joke.

I never realised he would take it seriously.

Sorry, sorry, sorry.....

11 April 2009 at 22:08  
Anonymous Adrian P said...

Your Grace, it is I think revealing that Time Warner and clinton were with him at the Launch.

the Picture that Fooled the World

They believe that through controlling the Mass Media, anything they wish or say will become our collective reality, if ever we lose the Internet that is exctly how it will be.

11 April 2009 at 23:11  
OpenID jamestheless said...

When I read this I couldn't help thinking of one of the entries in the journals of Father Alexander Schmemann. I've reproduced most of it below.

It's actually about two self-styled artists, one of whom produces "hopeless, provocative, endlessly unnecessary" paintings and the other writes "strange music", but it captures the Blair mindset almost perfectly (replace "parents" with "Popes").

This is the entry for May 10th, 1977, just a few days after Anthony Charles Lynton Blair turned 24. Sorry about the length.

[begin quote]
Long discussion with N. and NN. - long hair, vegetarians, endlessly in love with themselves. Why go to church? They speak of "levels of consciousness" etc. Not an iota of modesty, no questions, only affirmations. Contempt towards everything that is not their immediate concern. I pity them so much, pity them for their inner poverty [...] What went wrong? And where? These two boys are interesting because they are not original and accurately reflect what's in the air. Their clinical diagnosis could be that they are "children of the century". The characteristics of "children of the century" - an inordinate narcissism, occupation with self, with the "I", excessive importance attached to their ideas.

Conviction that this egocentricity coincides with "love", that all the others do not have conviction, that he himself somehow, is genuine religion.

Denial, added to total ignorance, of culture, tradition, continuity, responsibility, etc. Denial a priori, based on contempt. Total lack of a desire to even try to get to know what one is denying Denial, rooted in the subconscious certainty that such knowledge would limit their freedom, i.e., narcissism. Self-admiration and, to that effect, selection of pseudo-absolutes: vegetarianism, rejection of diplomas, of the very idea of work and salary, judgment of all those who do not recognise their pseudo-absolutes. In short, feelings of cheap superiority [...] A sense of "mission" in relation to parents who do not understand, added to a total absence of pity, love, sympathy, etc. "We want to save them," i.e. "We love them." Total conviction that their success is guaranteed, that they will be - are - recognised as artists, thinkers, carriers of salvation [...]

It all creates something in any case impervious to Christianity, to its basic "triune intuition" - creation, fall, salvation; to its basic historical meaning. In fact, it is of course anti-Christianity, moreover a hidden anti-Christianity because of the constant use of the word "love".

Now if one would translate it into the language of common sense (coinciding with a spiritual evaluation), what emerges is laziness, pride, self-deception, self-justification, selfishness. As simple as that. But our culture does not accept "common-sense languge"; it runs away from it as from the devil. Thus it leads to the death of human souls.
[end quote]

11 April 2009 at 23:50  
Blogger William Cobbett said...

Blair is a Papist, he is a tool of the Jesuit.

The Woman appears to be astride the Beast, soon to be drunk on the bnlood of the Saints.

12 April 2009 at 03:30  
Anonymous len said...

Blair is constructing his own version of the tower of babel,it will be a monument to the stupidity, arrogance, and the pride of man who thinks he can become as God.

12 April 2009 at 14:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From David Lonsdale

One of like mind as Blair, namely HRH Prince Charles, will soon be head of the C of E.

13 April 2009 at 08:48  
Blogger Young Mr. Brown said...

Anonymous (of 11 April 2009 12:28) said

"but am mystified and dismayed by the wholehearted endorsements of such traditional evangelicals as Nicky Gumbel (Alpha course pioneer) and Rick Warren (purpose driven church)"

I too went over to the Faith Foundation website, and found that you are quite correct. Not only so, but David Coffey, General Secretary of the Baptist World Alliance has endorsed it as well. He too is a man of strong traditional evangelical pedigree - the resolution nominating him for the post was moved by the Revd Dr Bruce Milne.

Fascinating.

I know what conclusions I draw.

13 April 2009 at 12:13  
Anonymous len said...

Proverbs 14:12 is the conclusion I draw!.

13 April 2009 at 12:58  

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