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

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Janet Daley's neo colonialism

The problem with Janet Daley's critique is that the brave voters she cites have not yet brought about the necessary indigenous change to support a democratic political system. Instead under the shelter of our guns and our encouragement they have crept out in response to the financial and cultural inducements of the West.

Daley recognises the flaws in our political and judicial systems. They are all too evident with deaths at the hands of the police, miscarriages of justice, political corruption and the basic fact that our voting system elects a government that only represents a minority of the country.

We overlook and tolerate our flaws but are impatient and moralistic over others.

Rather than seeing our role as the international police, invading and slaughtering to encourage democracy, we could instead stay within our borders and work to establish just international relations, fair trade agreements and wealth/resource distribution that would foster peace and encourage social and political development.

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