Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is taking on Pope Benedict and other conservative religious types for their "entrenched" attitudes on homosexuality, and argues that it is time for many to "rethink" their views.
"Speaking to the gay magazine Attitude, the former Prime Minister, himself now a Roman Catholic, said that he wanted to urge religious figures everywhere to reinterpret their religious texts to see them as metaphorical, not literal, and suggested that in time this would make all religious groups accept gay people as equals.
"Asked about the Pope’s stance, Mr Blair blamed generational differences and said: “We need an attitude of mind where rethinking and the concept of evolving attitudes becomes part of the discipline with which you approach your religious faith.”
Blair's words are music to my ears, I must say. I particularly liked his comment that conventional wisdom was not necessarily wise: "It can be wrong and it can be just a form of conservatism that hides behind a consensus. If you look back in time, through the suffragette movement, the fight against slavery, it’s amazing how the same arguments in favour of prejudice crop up again and again and again."
Good on Tony! Click here to read the whole Times Online piece.