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Topic: "Really Prime Minister, this is not America, you know."

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Subject: "Really Prime Minister, this is not America, you know."
Date Posted: 2/10/2009 2:35 PM ET
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In a recent speech, former British Prime Minister proclaimed that there are "limits to humanism" and religious faith needs to be "restored to its rightful place" .

But the part of the speech I found most interesting and thought-provoking is when Blair claims he wanted to end a speech while he was PM with "And God Bless the British people", and he was advised against it. He was told: "Really, Prime Minister, this is not America, you know." 

This part of Blair's speech was an attempt at humor, but I think it brings up an interesting point/ difference in American and British cultures.

The video can be viewed here: http://atheistmedia.blogspot.com/2009/02/tony-blair-faith-needs-to-be-restored.htm

Date Posted: 2/10/2009 11:40 PM ET
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That's a great link, thanks.  I was living in England while Tony Blair was Prime Minster.  I couldn't believe it when he climbed all over George Bush and went along with anything he wanted.  But then I discovered that Tony is a strong Catholic.   My British husband says that England used to be more like America, when he was growing up, with the national anthem sung as sports events and more public prayers, etc.  But things have changed over the last 30 years.  They are still fond of saying "God save the Queen!"  Even though there is a Church of England - English people aren't nearly as religious as Americans are, or as Americans claim to be.   I tell my husband that I blame the Brits for sending the Puritan Pilgrims over to settle in the first place!  Thanks a lot.

 

 

Date Posted: 2/12/2009 10:19 AM ET
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LOL...I can't stand every politicians speech ending with god bless this and that and america..ect ect

 

Enough already.  Come up with a new speech ender.