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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Bishop ‘sorry’ Blair unable to reveal faith

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

ROCHESTER, UK (ANS) -- The Pakistan-born Bishop of Rochester, the Rt. Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, has criticized the former Prime Minister Tony Blair, saying he was “sorry” that he felt unable to talk about his faith during his time in office.

A story written by Daniel Blake and posted on the

Tony Blair web site said, “In the last episode of the BBC One series ‘The Blair Years’, the former Prime Minister said that his faith was a crucial component for him in taking the job of Prime Minister and was ‘hugely important’ during his time in office.

“However, he also said on the programme that unlike in the USA he felt unable to openly say so as ‘you talk about it in our system and, frankly, people do think you're a nutter.’”

the Rt. Rev Michael Nazir-Ali

Blake said that reacting to the comments Bishop Nazir-Ali was quoted by the BBC as saying, “I am sorry that Tony Blair feels he could not talk about his faith in case people thought he was a nutter.

“A Christian vision underlies all that is important about Britain: its laws, institutions and values.

“If Blair had been able to relate this vision to his policies, we would have had more constructive social policy at home and principled policies abroad.” 

Blake went onto say that Tony Blair’s former spokesman Alistair Campbell once famously told journalists, “We don’t do God.”

During the current programme, Campbell admitted to the BBC that Blair “does do God in quite a big way,” but that the two of them feared a negative public reaction to it. Campbell added that Blair always asked his aides to find a church for him to attend each Sunday wherever he happened to be in the world.

Dan Wooding is an award winning British journalist now living in Southern California with his wife Norma. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS). He was, for ten years, a commentator, on the UPI Radio Network in Washington, DC. Wooding is the author of some 42 books, the latest of which is his autobiography, "From Tabloid to Truth", which is published by Theatron Books. To order a copy, go to

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