Friday 30 November 2007 5.08pm
Good on you. Good luck in your campaign.
I must say that personally I am more worried about voting for someone who makes a noise about the effect of god on their behaviour, than for someone who was into drugs, or was a sex worker in their past.
I'm aware that my comment above is not expressed as well as it might be (which is my fault, but I'm struggling to find better words). I have nothing against religion of any kind, and I know many people who have found it to be a great help, and who put it at the centre of their lives, and whose behaviour I very much admire. However, I also know people who have been at very weak points in their lives and who have "found" god in a way which, to my inexpert eyes, seemed like replacing one emotional crutch with another. For instance, it scares me to hear Bush say that god told him to go to war.
I must stress that this is just my personal view, and I am aware that it is probably not very widely shared. Obviously if you believe in any sort of god then it's going to be at the centre of what you do, and I suppose it's naive of me to think otherwise, but I do object to people bringing religion into (what I hope is still) a secular society.
...if you press it, they will come.