With Bishops Like These, Who Needs The Devil

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Tony Blair came under attack from two of the Church of England’s most senior figures yesterday for acting “like a white vigilante” and for lacking humility in forging ahead with the war on Iraq.

In the most outspoken outburst, the Bishop of Durham, Tom Wright, accused religious conservatives surrounding the US president, George Bush, of espousing “a very strange distortion of Christianity” – particularly since, through Iraq’s reconstruction, many would gain financially.

“For Bush and Blair to go into Iraq together was like a bunch of white vigilantes going into Brixton to stop drug dealing. This is not to deny there’s a problem to be sorted, just that they are not credible people to deal with it,” he said.

In a separate rebuke, the Archbishop of York, David Hope, questioned the legitimacy of the war and said Mr Blair would have to answer to God – a “higher authority” – for his decision to forge ahead with the conflict.

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