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

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A CALL TO DEMONSTRATE OUTSIDE ROMAN CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS

The decision by the Catholic Education Service to exert political pressure on Roman Catholic Secondary School children to oppose gay marriage is reprehensible.

It shows that Michael Gove’s cynical encouragement of religious schools to provide more educational facilities in this country is ill judged. 

Richard Dawkins has argued cogently for the separation of education from religious influence and the government would do well to heed his advice. 

With Lord Carey’s petition and the letter issued by the Archbishops of Westminster and Southwark taking the Christian foreground, it is time for those Christians in support of gay marriage to speak out. 

If the Roman Catholic Church thinks that their schools are fair game for political campaigning, then I urge supporters of gay marriage to arrange demonstrations outside Roman Catholic Secondary Schools. 

Let us ensure that their pupils are not manipulated by their religious overseers into a blinkered understanding of the issues involved.


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