When I read the news yesterday that new LibDem leader Nick Clegg openly admitted he doesnâ€™t believe in god I had one reaction: â€œBrave manâ€.
Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democratsâ€™ new leader, has defied political convention with a frank admission that he is an atheist.
During a round of media broadcasts on the morning after his election to the post, he was asked by one interviewer: â€œDo you believe in God?â€
â€œNo,â€ Mr Clegg answered simply, during an appearance on BBC Radio 5 Live. [Via The Times Online]
But why is it brave for a leader of a political party to openly express his non theistic views? Thinking about it how much does a politician’s religious (or lack off) beliefs actually matter when voters consider electing them? Surely an â€˜Atheistâ€™ can do just as a good a job as getting the buses to run on time as a believer?
Perhaps sensing the political capital to made out of his frank answer he felt the need to issue a statement afterward:
His statement said: â€œI have enormous respect for people who have religious faith. Iâ€™m married to a Catholic and am committed to bringing my children up as Catholics.
â€œHowever, I myself am not an active believer, but the last thing I would do when talking or thinking about religion is approach it with a closed heart or a closed mind.â€
Isnâ€™t it strange in this day and age you still have to be careful talking about what beliefs you donâ€™t have? I mean, itâ€™s not like weâ€™re living in Saudi Arabia now is it? Why should anyone fear being honest about not believing in god?
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