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

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

SOUND BITE SOLDIERS

It is chilling to hear our government accept that fatalities will increase in Afghanistan and know that our troops are under-equipped.

We are shocked by the history of those who ordered our forces over the trenches to meet almost certain death. I had thought the idea that soldiers were expendable and their deaths part of the budget of war had long been buried.

Instead, young soldiers are being ordered out in inadequate armoured vehicles across roads which their superiors know will result in certain death for some. This is intolerable.

Yes, fatalities will occur on the battle-field in engaged combat, but to squander soldiers mindlessly in a roulette game of roadside bombs is nonsensical and inexcusable.

That the Prime Minister rebuffs such criticism with sound bites about keeping the battle away from our shores is invidious. The battle is on home ground as each body is repatriated.

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