Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Qui bene cantat bis orat

I'm genuinely curious and I hope not at all cynical. But why would Mr Ed Miliband, an avowed atheist, sing along with "Oh God, Our Help In Ages Past"?



Blogger Ttony said...

To be fair to them (Nick Clegg sang too), there is a class of civilised atheist, the total opposite of Richard Dawkins or Stephen Fry, who has sufficient courtesy to realise that singing along does not necessarily imply consent, when remaining blatantly silent might be taken as rudeness.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

I think Nick Clegg describes himself as agnostic (I might be wrong about that). Still, a good point, Ttony, and a charitable interpretation.

I think you are right. It reflects well on Miliband if it is the case.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Patricius said...

It is, of course, entirely possible that he was using the pretext of singing the hymn to communicate in the manner of the prisoners in Evelyn Waugh's "Decline and Fall".

11:39 PM  

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