Archbishop Jonathan Blake

The Most Reverend Jonathan Blake, Presiding Archbishop of the Open Episcopal Church B.A. (Hons), Dip. Pastoral Studies. Bishop's Haven, 105 Danson Crescent Welling DA16 2AS U.K. Mobile: 07767 687711 www.bishopjonathanblake.com bishopjonathanblake@ntlworld.com www.openepiscopalchurch.org www.twitter.com/bishopjonathan The Church is a member of The International Council of Community churches and the World Council of Churches. Married and a proud Dad.

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Gassed in Tehran, seized in Kabul, helped Mother Teresa, almost murdered, raised £300,000, ordained 1981, street sleeper, pilgrim to Auschwitz, Kenya + Pakistan 4 peace, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, wrote text on Parliament, arrested, relinquished his 12 year Anglican post 2 be independent, baptised 1000's in homes, on Mt Snowdon + in circus ring, did wedding underwater, wrote ‘For God’s Sake Don’t Go To Church’, nailed 95 Theses to Canterbury cathedral, arrested, co-founded the Society for Independent Ministry, was consecrated a bishop, co-founded the Open Episcopal Church, did 1st gay wedding on prime time TV, sued Associated Newspapers 4 defamation, co-consecrated 1st women bishops 4 England. Wales + Scotland, accommodated the homeless, took Mass 2 sex workers + posted it, elected Archbishop, arrested 4 taking kids on roof, not charged, founded ‘When No One’s Watching', became an ICV, did Jade Goody's wedding , invited 2 Downing St, wrote 'That Old Devil Called God Again', arrested 4 times campaigning against child abuse, had harassment conviction quashed on appeal, appealing a conviction for breaches of restraining order 2 stop a paedophile

Friday, February 13, 2009

THE GREAT BANK ROBBERY

Sir David Ramsbottom and Anne Widdecombe MP agreed on Radio 4 this week that those who populate our prisons come from the most deprived, abused and impoverished sections of our Society.

The statistics and research papers make clear that in prison they suffer further abuse, learn criminality and most re-offend.

Hearing that HBOS slumped to a loss of £10bn last year and becoming ever incredulous about the wanton greed of those who brought about the international financial crisis one ponders on how it can be that not a single banker is facing charges in this robbery that has taken place.

Could it be that the prisons and judicial system exist to keep in order the fall out from the poorest and the weakest members of society, to prevent the inconvenience of the rich and powerful?

If not, how can a civilised democratic nation continue to allow the degrading treatment of those incarcerated within our prisons and police cells. It is time for change.

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