Tony Blair’s new job: fighting religious and political extremism in Europe

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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair arrives for the Afghanistan service of commemoration at St Paul's Cathedral in London March 13, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair arrives for the Afghanistan service of commemoration at St Paul's Cathedral in London March 13, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-BLAIR-TOLERANCE, originally transmitted on June 4, 2015.

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CANTERBURY, England (RNS) As chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation, Blair hopes in particular to spread its message to students across the continent during the next two years.

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  • I’m sure prosecuting David Irving will be a fantastic use of public funds. Cannot wait until Blair’s crew get round to putting critics of Michael Mann in the docket.

    Blair evidently hasn’t practiced law in 30 years. He should have found some ordinary office trade he could learn after leaving Downing Street, instead of making a public nuisance of himself.

  • “It is our firm belief that it is not religion or faith that causes or foments conflict.”

    What else can they say?
    Of course we have to hope this is true
    and act as if it is – because religion continues to be the easiest of ancient philosophies. It requires no thought and prides itself for not knowing:

    “Slay the infidels wherever we find them”– ALLAH (Sura 9:2)
    “Execute them in front of me” – JESUS (Luke 19:27)
    “Kill the unbelievers in daylight” – Yahweh (Deuteronomy)

    Meanwhile, let’s hope some of these divisive, tribalist beliefs are confronted and questioned by their own supporters.

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  • BB

    The atheists in “communist” countries slaughtered so many European Jews that the numbers are impossible to add up. And they are still so persecuting them to this day, that it is the dream of Russian Jews to get to Israel as soon as possible.

    Max,

    Jesus and Yahweh? Your ignorance there is so profound I cannot even address it without insulting you.

    Go after Islam all you want to. That is OBVIOUSLY still valid. Your other sales pitches are just goofy, ridiculous rants of a closed mind. Or rather the typical atheist spew.

    And I’m being polite.

  • @BB,

    “Go after Islam”

    Islam is just another kind of Messianism, like Christianity and Stalinism, Maoism and all the rest of the world’s religions.

    Islam claims a Messiah is coming; the Hidden Imam. But first there must be a final war with the Infidels (you) who falsely believe a Messiah has already arrived named Jesus. Stalin would be proud of your service to Messianism – the oldest religion in the world.

    I’m proud to have nothing to do with Messianism. Religion is dying.
    Good riddance to religion.