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A welcome addition to the election coverage, is NI Election 2007, politics from a Christian perspective…

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  • seabhac siúlach

    More religion is somehow a good thing? Isn’t Paisley rumoured to be a Christian?

  • nmc

    Almost all of our politicians are Christian, or claim to be.

    More religion is somehow a good thing?

    It certainly hasn’t helped so far.

  • Greenflag

    ‘Isn’t Paisley rumoured to be a Christian? ‘

    One man tells a lie -thousands repeat it as the truth -in that sense Paisley can be described as a christian . As to who spread the first lie perhaps the arch hypocrite himself can answer that . You could also try the Bob Jones ‘university’ who conferred on the ranting Ayatollah his ‘doctorate’

    I suggest the last thing Northern Ireland wants or needs is any more religion in it’s politics . I believe they have had a surfeit of ‘religion’ since the time they started arguing over how many angels lived on the point of a pin and whether or not Martin Luther was just a nun basher and wheter or not Henry VIII was justified in looting from the monasteries on the grounds that he was only doing what the monasteries before him had done i.e they had looted from the people ?

    Might do NI some good if Richard Dawkins gave his perspective -Sadly I doubt if the good man would bother his arse.

    Why bother anyway with a farce of an election and the even greater farce of a powerless sectarian Assembly when the last NI census is as good a predictor of the result as the millions in taxpayers money that this charade will cost 🙁

  • I welcome engagement by Christians in the democratic process.

    Far more welcome than Chritians trying th bulldoze their doctrines on society without electorial mandate.

    Hopefully, Christians may demand future Church leaders are elected rather than appointed.

    Christians have every right to join the debate, even if their views are puritanical.

  • corb lund

    “Isn’t Paisley rumoured to be a Christian?”

    Well thanks for that insightful commentary folks – That’s a classic example of the fallacy of ‘guilt by association,’adds little to a serious debate or even a half decent conversation.

    “More religion is somehow a good thing”

    Please no more religion – but serious contributions to political debate from people of faith (or no faith for that matter), now that I’d like to see.

  • To be absolutely accurate, can the post mention that ALL the groups involved in this new blog are EVANGELICAL PROTESTANT christians. It’s interesting that this new blog coalition didn’t see fit to invite a single Catholic group to participate in their commentary on the election. What should we conclude from that?

  • Donnacha

    We could conclude that some things never change.

  • james orr

    Henry M – the lead article is by the Corrymeela community. If you think they’re evangelical Prods you’re a headcase.

  • Reader

    james orr: Henry M – the lead article is by the Corrymeela community. If you think they’re evangelical Prods you’re a headcase.
    So we could conclude that some things *do* change…

  • Way Icit

    Churchill is reputed to have said, something like “I disagree most vigorously with what you have said, but I will fight to the death for your right to say it”

    The comments of some on this string and elsewhere, regarding Christians commenting on and involvement in politics, represent hypocrisy of the lowest possible order! They will be telling us next that democracy should be restricted to only those who agree with them, and that a law should be put in place to that evil effect.

    The more people who comment on and get involved in politics in NI the better, no matter what their background or views. Politics here has for too long been ‘restricted’ to those with big mouths, bellicose lungs and fascist intent.

    Christians believe they have something important to say and are both entitled and welcome to say it. Those who say otherwise demonstrate their own infantile insecurity rather than some sort of useful progressive intellectual thought. Another representation of laughable illiberal liberalism, which tries to face in so many directions at the one time, yet cannot tolerate those who have a Christian world view which differs from theirs.

  • Voltaire probably never said these exact words. They were written in 1906 by Evelyn Beatrice Hall (pseud. S. G. Tallentyre) in the biography “The Friends of Voltaire”. The author did not attribute the words to Voltaire, but used them to sum up Voltaire’s attitude:

    ” ‘I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,’ was his attitude now. ”

    Monsieur l’abbé, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write.

    Voltaire, letter to M. le Riche, February 6, 1770
    French author, humanist, rationalist, & satirist (1694 – 1778)

    Calling all Christians, debate the issues, demand your leaders are elected and this will contribute to a better world.

  • BeardyBoy

    The trouble is that their is not enough Christianity in politics – the secularists have done their best to remove it – pity Pearce was killed – he would have given us a Christian Ireland based on love rather than the crass class politics in one part of our nation and the divisive Protestant Ascendancy ion the other

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