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Tuesday, April 25, 2006
New Nickname for Cornerstone MPs
It's well known that the right wing group of Tory MPs 'Cornerstone' rallies around the concepts of faith, family and flag. I'm told that this most Christian of political groupings has been given a new nickname - the 'Theo-cons'.
I preferred 'Tombstone', sums them up so nicely.
Tombstone is best.
No, I like the term "Theo-Cons". It's perfectly self-descriptive.
Theo-Cons is good.
Guido should have more respect for his fellow Papists. It's hard fighting battles for morality or respect for traditions.
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That's the bit I find hard to understand, Cranmer. Yes, God is love but fighting battles on his behalf isn't. I think the problem is rather too many people of all sorts of persuasions think they have some kind of exclusive Earth franchise for the Almighty.
I believe the role of people of faith is to affect the world for the better. Our Theo-Con friends claim no exclusive franchise for the Almighty, indeed, they are ecumenically minded and broad in their appeal. It is sad that their 'battles' are frequently couched by the media (or 'progressive' sites like this) in negative terms - like anti-gay marriage, or the 'Tory Taliban' - when (in reality) they are making a stand in support of marriage, in support of stable families, in support of tradition, in support of the foundations that many hold dear.
I would rather have a Parliament or Party where people argue about their deeply-held political and religious convictions, than one where there is a bland expression of superficial and politically-correct nothingness.
Isn't theo-con an old term used for people with their politics in the US? I know I hear it all the time in debates over there. Hardly seems like much of an invention if all someone's done is apply a term in common usage in the US to people with similar politics here. It would be like calling the Liberal Democrats liberals.
Well, there's nothing new under the sun...
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