Tony Blair, former British PM, gave a talk addressing the role of religion in the globalized world. Here are a few pieces of this talk at Westminster Abbey.
He mentions Dawkins in the talk, here is the quote:
Reading the Dawkins book – The God Delusion – I am struck by how much the militant secularist and the religious extremist need each other. The God Delusion is a brilliant polemic but rests entirely – as does the more reasonable The Blind Watchmaker – on the view that those who believe in God believe in Him as a means of exclusion, as a frightening, irrational piece of superstition and mumbo-jumbo which then justifies the unjustifiable.
Why is religion so often exclusionary? Does true conviction require exclusion? It is interesting that Blair is making speeches now about his own faith and about religion in gernaral that he never would have made when he was Prime Minister. How does this exclusion of his faith from his political statments represent co-existence?