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 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

Monday, February 08, 2010


The problem with Sir Mota Singh Q.C.'s argument is that it promotes the unenlightened subservience of reason to tradition in matters of religion.

The minority communities have been allowed to muddle archaic views with race relations and get away, at times, with the possibility of murder.

As a young priest I promoted good inter-faith relations in the parish and established a group which hosted a variety of events.

It was a shock when the news broke that one Sikh priest had stabbed the other priest with his Kirpan.

It defies logic for our modern society to contemplate permitting the wearing of the Kirpan yet to legislate continually to restrict our way of life for health and safety reasons, the latest insane example of which is that our children are no longer allowed to run in the playground if the ground is wet.

Europe is divided. In France they are considering a ban on wearing the burka whereas in England, Judge Singh's logic would allow a judge to be wearing one in court.

Politicians working for equality must resist allowing religion to bully the secular agenda to permit their traditions and practices if they offend, oppress and endanger.


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