Sunday, November 14, 2010

Nick and Ed - hypocrites or the converted?

Watching the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance last night on the television, I was struck by the fact that both Nick Clegg and Ed Milliband, each of them self-proclaimed atheists, had the gall to join in with the act of worship, including the singing of hymns.

At least Milliband had the decency to look uncomfortable to the point of embarrassment as he perfunctorily mouthed the words, but Clegg appeared to be joining in with some gusto.

I am not an atheist, but I recognise it as a perfectly respectable position to hold; indeed many of my friends subscribe to that view themselves. But am I alone in finding it more than a little hypocritical to loudly proclaim your atheism and then to take an active part in what was a clearly religious ceremony, more than likely for reasons of political expediency?

Wouldn't both of them been better advised to simply stand there in respectful silence? Doing so would certainly have been a great deal more comfortable for Red Ed...


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Outed said...

I sing in church at Christmas yet I subscribe to no version of the sky pixie. I do it because standing there mute as an Easter Island statue makes me and those around me feel uncomfortable. Also errrm I like the tunes. Maybe that's the process at work with Panda and CallMeDave's GimpBoy

This Royal Throne of Kings said...

Hmmm, I can see your point and would therefore accept the observation in relation to the lusty singing of 'all things to all men' Cleggy.

But Le Millipede Rouge? He looked about as comfortable as a long-tailed cat in a rocking chair factory... In fairness to him, though, he would probably rather have been at home, given the very recent birth of his second child, singing nonsensical nursery rhymes with which he no doubt have felt much more comfortable!