Cherie Blair lets religion off the hook

In her much-hyped speech at Chatham House, Cherie Blair said that religion could in no way be used as an excuse for discrimination against women. But rather than exhort religion to change, she claimed that it wasn’t really religion that caused the discrimination, but cultural interpretation of it.

Against all the evidence, she also claimed that human rights were, in fact, a religious construct. This idea was challenged by NSS honorary associate A.C. Grayling on Thursday’s Today programme in a debate with Lord Harries.

In an interview with the Today programme on the previous day, Mrs Blair said that the Islamic veil could interfere with women’s right to self-determination and deny them choice. She failed to mention the Vatican and its own restriction of choice for women. Mrs Blair is, of course, a very enthusiastic Catholic.

Read the whole speech here

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