Wednesday, May 02, 2007

A quote for all seasons

I am currently watching "A Man For All Seasons" (the Paul Scofield version) and was struck by a quote. It is particularly relevant to today's politics and the current "you shouldn't make political decisions based on your religious beliefs" nonsense.

Sir Thomas More says:
“When statesmen forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their public duties they lead their country by a short road to chaos.”
What's even more interesting is that he was saying it to the current Chancellor of England ... Cardinal Wolsey, who is trying to get Sir Thomas More to go against his conscience (and the doctrine of the Church) for state reasons.

Chillingly familiar of current cardinals and politicians in this country trying to tell people it's OK to keep politics and belief separate.


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