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Challenging Religious Privilege

Coming out as atheist: Alistair Campbell:

Alistair Campbell was answering readers’ questions in the Independent this week, and was asked: “You are an atheist. Tony Blair is a devout Christian. Did that make you feel uncomfortable?” To which the spin-master replied:

“No – I am not anti religion and I respect his and others' faith. On the day we visited Dunblane with John Major following the school massacre, I asked TB what his God would make of this. He said just because the killer is bad does not mean God is not good. We talked about religion a fair bit. I think it means more to him than most people realise, partly because he is not remotely sanctimonious, like some religious people are. He always said that if I was religious I would probably be an Islamic fundamentalist so it was probably for the best I don’t do God.”


Published Fri, 13 Jul 2007