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Responding to Irrational Politics

David Cameron, currently Prime Minister of the UK has tried to put together his thoughts on faith and morality. We might give him the benefit of the doubt and say he is simply poor at communicating his ideas but I’m afraid he may actually think like this.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/17/christianity-compels-me-to-make-difference includes the following:

“People who, instead, advocate some sort of secular neutrality fail to grasp the consequences of that neutrality, or the role that faith can play in helping people to have a moral code. Of course, faith is neither necessary nor sufficient for morality.

Many atheists and agnostics live by a moral code – and there are Christians who don’t. But for people who do have a faith, that faith can be a guide or a helpful prod in the right direction – and whether inspired by faith or not that direction or moral code matters.”

My translation:

Atheists are silly because I have faith. *
Morality is a good thing and it matters.
People with and without faith can behave morally or immorally.
People who have faith, only have morals because they have faith. *

The “*”s mark the points where Mr. Cameron has demonstrated beliefs that I believe all rational people would call “Wrong”. I’m not criticising his faith in Christianity but his logic. It worries me both that he is in a position to make decisions and that the other members of the cabinet appear to let him. Either they’re as daft as him or he isn’t really in charge.

If he is the acceptable face of the Conservative party, what ‘the hell’ is operating his strings?