As Britain’s prime minister, Tony Blair played down his religious passions, but he confesses to the BBC, “I’m really and always have been in a way more interested in religion than politics.” Now that he’s a free man, Blair is launching something called the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which hopes to bring people of different religions together.
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Huda Jawad, director of the Muslim charity Forward Thinking, says she has doubts about levels of support from Muslims, given Tony Blair’s foreign policy record while prime minister.
She says that it is difficult to reconcile Blair the prime minister and Blair the leader of a faith foundation.
But Mr Blair says that some of the best response to the foundation has been from the Islamic world.
And he is keen to point out to his critics that whatever early problems he may encounter, this is not a short-term project.