The new leader of the Labour Party is a heathen? It looks like Joseph Ratzinger’s warning against “aggressive secularism” is becoming a real threat. We shouldn’t let Atheist, Ed Miliband, anywhere near a seat of power. Just look at how moral Joseph Ratzinger’s decisions have been. Oh wait…
In an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live this afternoon Ed Miliband revealed that, “I don’t believe in God personally, but I have great respect for those people who do. Different people have different religious views in this country. The great thing is that, whether we have faith or not, we are by and large very tolerant of people whatever their view”. I understand the slenderness distilled to reveal a personal view but then, in the same fashion, to not seem bigoted by it.
Since Ed Miliband’s leadership victory it was inevitable aspects of his private life were going to come to the public’s attention. Journalists will be digging through history looking for juicy stories, rival parties will release negative stories and the Labour party will try its best to control the media fiasco. With blogs, such as this one, making that particular task impossible. Although Public Relations can release ‘news’, it is unable to control it with the same delicacy as online media creates conversation.
I respect the leaders Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband because they were brave enough to reveal a personal detachment from religion and disbelief in God. Traditionally it has been too easy in the past to admit believing in a God to the nation. In many ways society has changed, perhaps shown best by the numbers who decided to attend Mr Ratzinger’s talk. Lower numbers were caused by ticketing for a more ‘intimate experience’? Useless Vatican PR folly in my opinion, ticketing was introduced because of the inevitable lower numbers compared to 30 years ago.
This nation is becoming increasingly secular (and Islamic); admitting atheism is therefore a double edged sword.
I’m never too sure about where my political allegiances lie. However I will be focusing on Ed Miliband with great interest. I must confess that the majority of people clapping at the Labour Party against the Iraq War did annoy me. A few years ago they were in support of Tony Blair. Now they clap against the decision of the war? Was the clap also against those soldiers who died for their war? The result of their decisions during Labour’s cabinet meetings.
Although this story could just be another plot by the Labour PR team… making Ed Miliband the opposite of Tony Blair. Ed Miliband doesn’t agree with the Iraq War, does not have religious faith… how did he become Labour’s Leader? Oh yes, he got support from Trade Unions. Still, it was an extremely close fight.