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Tony Blair has gone on record as saying, that he has a great faith in God, but he was not able to admit to it while in office. He was so concerned,asto not publicise it, it that he allowed, his then spokesperson Campbell, to say, “We don’t do God”!

Other countries like America, India, and other countries don’t make a secret of their faith. But in the West and especially in the UK, it is almost offensive to admit that you are religious.

I personally am not a religious person. But I do believe in a Supreme Being. I have never followed an organised religion. On the other hand I have been outraged by some of the atrocities and injustices carried on in its name. I remember in the 1980s during the Iran and Iraq war, being so angry. When I read about the practice in Iran where little children, thousands of them were, were sent ahead of the armies, to clear the mines. They were given a plastic key, a promise to paradise, for the martyrdom.

I was so angry and ranted on so much that I have somehow put my children against organised religion.

But I would never dream of making fun of, or ridiculing those who chose to follow a faith. It is a life choice, like being a vegetarian. I have no business to condemn it.

What intrigues me is why there is such hostility towards religion in the West in general and in the UK in particular?

I too have read Richard Dawkins, he is articulate, and makes a very good case against religion. But he doesn’t advocate intolerance towards believers. But majority of us are almost hostile, and mocking towards, people who follow a faith.

I accept that recently some vile acts have been committed towards innocent people.

And I also accept that the Muslim community is bad at self-criticism and introspection. And this made that religion very un-popular.

But what I want to know is, has this put people in the west against every religion? What was it that made our former prime minister to hide the fact that he read the bible every night, and was a devout Christian?

Was this always like this or is this a recent development? We have freedom in the west, we tolerate most things in our society, but why do “religious nuts” outrage us.

What has turned the west against God and religion and Why?

Please tell me.

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