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

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Warsi, the Queen, prayer and secularism

Religion is a dangerous and unaccountable force.

Our world is rent apart by religious divisions that have been and continue to be the source of bloodshed and inhuman acts.
Baroness Warsi argues to defend the role of religion in public life and the Queen has lauded the role of religion in providing “critical guidance for the way we live our lives, and for the way in which we treat each other.”
It may seem so to those who live protected lives.
However, past and present history testify to the barbaric acts carried out by religionists claiming to be inspired and guided by God.
Secularism protects us from the emotive and subjective nature of religious experience, belief and practice.
In the apparently genteel environment of the United Kingdom it may seem innocuous to offer prayers before town hall meetings, in parliament or during school assemblies. However, there is no rational justification for exemplifying a practice that has no objective merit, is divisive, offensive and associated with so much evil.

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