Wed 15th June 2011, 4:42pm
QUOTE(Kato @ Tue 14th June 2011, 11:56pm)
Since when were US politicians prominently defined by their views of the Spirit World?
Piperdown is right, since forever. I remember as a teenager, looking at some list of Presidents and noting that Richard Nixon, of all people, was a Quaker. A "Reform Quaker", if memory serves, which I suppose is the kind of Quaker that can bomb Cambodia, somewhat more pernicious than, say a Reform Jew who loves Angles on Horseback (T-H-L-K-D)
. Why are there no "Reform Catholics"? I guess they're Atheists. But I digress.
Kato, while it is a perhaps uniquely American habit to judge the religiosity of our politicians, a throwback to our Puritan forebears, surely you haven't forgotten the palaver over whether Tony Blair (T-H-L-K-D)
was secretly Catholic? And the "I told you so"s in some circles when, shortly after he stepped down as PM, when he in fact converted to Catholicism. For those who don't follow the minutia of Brit politics, had he been Catholic at his ascendance to Prime Minister or during his term there would have been a major crisis. British PMs must
be CoE. How's that for "concern about views of the spirit world"?