By Alexander Boot, from Cranmer's blog
Whenever complacency sets in and one begins to think one has heard everything, our politicians provide an instant cure. Especially when God Almighty comes up in conversation.
Exponents of vile political creeds have always tried to co-opt the deity to their cause. For example, in1794, having murdered hundreds of thousands, France’s Committee of Public Safety decreed worship of a Supreme Being.
This wasn’t the personal God of the Christians, you understand, but the Cartesian clock-winder, the hands-off chap who got the world going and then lost all interest. He then regained some of it when, according to Robespierre, the time came to do mass murder:
“Is it not he whose immortal hand, engraving on the heart of man the code of justice and equality, has written there the death sentence of tyrants?” Of course it is. Who else could have possibly inspired Robespierre and his friends to drown the Vendée in blood and wipe out whole social classes?
Then back in the ‘60s we were told that Jesus was a revolutionary, a sort of Che Guevara of Galilee. Didn’t Jesus say, “I came not to send peace, but a sword”? There you go then: Jesus came with a sword, so did Che. What other proof do you need? They are both revolutionaries.
Yet the contemporaneous flower children disagreed. Jesus, according to them, taught making not war, but love. God is love, isn’t he? So is sex. Ergo, syllogistically speaking, God is sex. Every time we go at it like rabbits we assert our faith.
Hopeless reactionaries among you may feel that such lines of thought are somewhat remiss in theological subtlety. But that only goes to show that you (and, regretfully, I) are fossils who don’t belong in the modern world.
If you have doubts on that score, the point was made abundantly clear by Minister of State for Pensions Steve Webb. In his introduction to the book Liberal Democrats Do God, Steve claimed God is a fully paid-up member of his party.