Wednesday, September 30, 2009

If The Sun prays, does God listen?

"The Sun believes - and prays - that the Conservative leadership can put the great back into Great Britain. "

So concludes the Sun's editorial this morning. The whole idea of prayer in editorial meetings of the Sun boggles the mind. A few thoughts:

- Are the Sun actually praying, or is this just a comment in a leader? Do they actually believe that God backs the Conservative party, or do they think He needs some persuading? It would be interesting to hear the theology behind this.

- If they're not actually praying, then todays leading article is a lie. Make of that what you will. It wouldn't be the first time.

- Nick Assinder joins some dots. There are bound to be some financial calculations here. News Corporation have their sights set on the BBC, and the Conservatives have a track record in being less sympathetic than Labour. For the Sun to back the Tories makes business sense for the Murdoch dynasty. For the Tories to get News Corporation behind them makes electoral sense for Cameron.

- This makes me less likely to vote Conservative. And I'm not sure it's a good thing for democracy either, but it's probably always been like this.


  1. Well, News Corporation, through its subsidiary companies, publishes not only the Sun but also at least two books on prayer, indeed entitled just "Prayer", by Philip Yancey and Bill Hybels. So they have the in-house expertise if they actually want to pray.

    Given the likelihood that the next government will be run by the Conservatives, we should of course all pray with the Sun for their leaders as they prepare to rule.

  2. I guess at least the Sun is honest about it's allegiance. I can't imagine the Telegraph bothering to do the same, or perhaps the Independent going for the green party in such a way that makes out the world will be flooded soon if they don't get into power.

  3. True enough Phil. The Sun a bastion of integrity, who'd have thought it? Crazy times.