Lib Dems choose a godly new leader
Tim Farron, 45, newly chosen leader of the Liberal Democrats, “discovered” God when he was 18, but despite going on to becoming a full-blown blood-of-the-lamb believer, he’s a likeable fella.
When Farron said in an interview that he would give the Lib Dems two out of 10 for their work in Coalition (he previously compared the party to cockroaches for their supposed survival skills) one (unnamed) senior figure, according to the Telegraph, said:
Which bit of the sanctimonious, God-bothering, treacherous little shit is there not to like?
Written ahead of his election to lead the party, the Telegraph piece revealed that Farron’s faith:
Is a literal one. He believes every word in the Bible is true.
His faith wavered a little in his 20s, as he made his way as an academic at Lancaster University and concentrated on politics, standing unsuccessfully for Parliament in South Ribble in 1997 and the European Parliament in 1999.
But following his marriage to wife Rosemary – known as Rosie – in 2000 and shortly before becoming a father for the first time, he “recommitted himself to God” at the age of 30.
Although he is “born-again”, he rejects the term “evangelical Christian”, saying:
I just count myself as a Christian, and my faith is in Jesus Christ, I put my trust in Him. I count Him as my Lord and saviour, and I’m in no way ashamed of that.
The Times today described the man who replaces former Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, as “illiberal”.
Pink News – in reporting Farron’s leadership victory over the agnostic Norman Lamb – said the paper criticised the new leader’s poor voting record when it comes to liberal issues, highlighting his rejection of the same-sex marriage bill and his strong religious beliefs.
The opinion piece – titled “Illiberal Democrat” – says that due to Farron’s beliefs, his party’s reduced influence in Parliament is a good thing for country.
This may be a good thing, for the new Lib Dem leader is not in all respects a liberal.
An evangelical Christian since his teenage years, he believes that every word written in the Bible is literal truth, that God has a precise plan for all of us and that heaven and hell are physical entities to which all of us are consigned after death.
The article goes on to list Farron’s “illiberal” voting record on gay rights, saying:
Mr Farron’s consistent failure to embrace the quintessentially liberal idea that every person has equal moral worth should trouble his party.
He not only abstained on same-sex marriage but also tried to weaken the legislation. He had previously abstained on the votes allowing adoption by gay couples and IVF treatment for lesbians.
Hat tip: Angela K