David Cameron’s Beatitudes

David Cameron’s Beatitudes

Blessed are the poor for they will pay the biggest price in reducing the deficit. They will behold the rich and see something good.

Blessed are those that mourn. Those we have sent to be killed will be lauded as heroes; their achievements will not be questioned; those they have killed will be forgotten.

Blessed are the meek. No one could have anticipated that perpetual growth built on illusory credit was unsustainable, or that we couldn’t go on consuming without paying the true price. We are all in this together.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness. The opportunities to do this are legion in the Big Society.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will no longer need to understand the causes of riots, or of any other behaviour labelled ‘criminal’.

Blessed are the pure in heart. They are the law abiding majority who enable the identification of ‘problem’ families, the scapegoating of an 'underclass', and the division of society between 'us' and 'them'.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will underwrite and promote commercial arms sales, renew our nuclear weapons, and justify military intervention in the national interest.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake. Keeping them beyond our borders means our Britishness is maintained and our ‘Christian’ values kept pure.

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© Jonathan Bartley is co-director of Ekklesia. His book Faith and Politics After Christendom looks at the changing relationship between church and state, the political role of the church and how politicians use religion.

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