Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Blair courts controversial US pastor Rick Warren in bid to unite faiths

clipped from www.guardian.co.uk
Tony Blair

Former prime minister builds network of Christian allies as he prepares to launch a religious 'offensive' in North America

Tony Blair is preparing to launch a "faith offensive" across the United States over the next year, after building up relationships with a network of influential religious leaders and faith organisations.

With Afghanistan and Iraq casting a shadow over his popularity at home in Britain, Blair's focus has increasingly shifted across the Atlantic, to where the nexus of faith and power is immutable and he is feted like a rock star.

According to the annual accounts of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, a UK-based charity that promotes cohesion between the major faiths, the foundation is to develop a US arm that will pursue a host of faith-based projects.
But the decision angered many liberals, who see Warren as an opponent of gay rights and abortion on demand

According to the accounts, Blair intends to open an office in Toronto to develop the relationship.

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