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 with 5 children.

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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, December 31, 2013

THE SEX GANG'S ASIAN LABEL

We must resist vigorously the political correctness that conceals facts and seeks to  manipulate public perceptions using unspecific terms.

The sex gang's 'Asian label' is offensive to the un-involved Hindu and Sikh communities.


ULSTER'S PARADES

Oh Ulster..... where vile religion parades its ugly divisive powers..........

SCHUMACHER'S HEALTH CENTRE STAGE?

The world's children are dying, oppressed, hungry, gassed and bombed and front pages again cover  the state of Schumacher's health after his playboy accident.

WELBY KEEPS THE CONFIDENCES OF THIEVES

Welby admits that he hobnobs with rich thieves, over canapes perhaps,  and keeps their dirty confidences.

Jesus, rather than keeping the dirty secrets of sinners, used every opportunity to shine such a light that lives were changed.

The Church of England prefers to feather its advantage within the shadows.....

OUR DIRTY HANDS RE KIM JONG-UN

Are there not questions for the West?

How can Kim Jong-Un have been educated in Switzerland and how can so many of the world's dictators have been educated in wealthy nations including our own, only to become the scourge of their people and the world?

Is the reality again, that we are just interested in their money...£16,000 a year for the International school at Berne... rather than having any moral or responsible intent.

Our own nation also pursued vanity projects like Kim Jong-Un at many stages in its ignominious past while its subjects suffered want.

WHEN WILL ISRAEL RELEASE PALESTINE?

When is Israel going to release Palestine?
When is it going to stop its provocative building programme?
When is it going to stop relying on US friends to provide cover while perpetuating divisive policies?
When are Palestinian children going to be able to live in peace and dignity?

Monday, December 30, 2013

ANELKA'S GESTURE

Anelka's gesture appears to have revealed the simmering racism that pervades so much of public life. Any such discriminatory attitude must be exposed and treated severely.
Too many innuendos, winks and loaded humour continue to sanitise what is a gross abuse of our humanity.
 The holocaust and apartheid are unimaginable horrors that blight our history, yet we continue to handle lightly the toxic poison of regarding other human beings as inferior and to be mocked, hounded or abused.

ZAATARI'S WARNING TO THE WEST

What does the rich world expect to happen but war and unrest when the rich pursue ever greater luxury and advantage and leaves so many to endure such a wretched existence.

DON'T MIX RELIGION AND EDUCATION

No child should be manipulated into a religious allegiance.

Secular education for all please!

PUTIN - A DANGEROUS AND CYNICAL CHOICE BY THE TIMES

Those at the Times, who walk in the corridors of advantage, obese in their own smugness, play cynical and very dangerous games, like making Putin,  an oppressor and one complicit with torture, murder and genocide, their 'International person of the Year'.

The Times continues its decadent journalism citing Assad as a contender for ' Person of the Year'...

WELBY v JENKINS?

The Archbishop and Barclays Chief Exec are probably sorting out their radio  'debate' together over tea and scones at Lambeth Palace today.

THE CURSE OF CANNABIS

Societies that permit and promote addictive patterns of behaviour, especially ones that cause long term mental health issues are making a grave mistake.

I have met so many blighted by cannabis use.

THE CRIME OF CIRCUMCISION

 Circumcision is male genital mutilation and should be a criminal offence. 

Society should be able to bring charges against the parents and the practitioners.

DRAGHICI MAKES SENSE - LEAVE THE POOR ALONE

Draghici's correct that the greatest threat to world order and national peace are bonus chasing bankers, profit driven capitalists and millionaire politicians whose interests line in diverting attention to street sleepers, migrant workers and Roma and stoking the fires of social and racial divisions. 
Meanwhile they enjoy their cocktails, their mansions and their drop head sports cars on the money they have 'stolen' from the poorer citizens of the world.
Let us all begin to gaze intently at the powerful and the privileged and leave the poor alone. 

Friday, December 27, 2013

A TIME FOR...

A time for love, a time for affection, a time for family, a time for friends, a time to pause and marvel at the beauty of life, of nature, of breath, of hope, a time for being, a time for reflecting, a time for love and a time for loving....

CONSUMER ADDICTION

Boxing Day exposes the malaise of many. O Pity the consumer addicts....

WELBY AND GOD?

Philip Collins issues an impossible invitation. 

As there is no plausible 'case for God' how could Welby or anyone else make it?

Monday, December 23, 2013

SEX ABUSE WITCH HUNTS AND ASHDOWN HOUSE

The Cothill Educational Trust takes its safeguarding responsibilities very seriously...is that why it has known of the allegation against Ashdown House for 10 years?
Everyone is sliding all over the place, talking politically correct language, when the truth is that physical and even sexual abuse was either perpetrated systemically, colluded with or overlooked in yesterday's world and in so many institutions.
I was beaten repeatedly at junior school and caned repeatedly at senior school, I was sexually abused both at my junior school and my senior school, but this was the prevalent culture. Decades on, adults have now found this to be reprehensible.
They can still try and run to ground any perpetrators that are alive, but what about all those others who were complicit and who were parties to the crime by their silence, their staff room gossip, their jokes and innuendos.
Our obsession with trying to put a previous generation's faults to right may be the perfect cover up for not looking at or admitting our own.

JOHN PRITCHARD - 'CHRISTMAS' IS BETTER WITHOUT GOD!

With reference to Wittgenstein, at least we can smell and drink coffee and can then try to find adequate words for the experience instead of killing each other because of words we have plucked from the air about our fantasies. 
That 75% of the world's population is motivated by faith is the cause of so much devastating conflict and hatred. That Christianity is taking advantage of poorer and less developed societies to push its message is because its corruption has been exposed in our own. That certain evangelical churches burst at the seams is because they peddle the same fundamentalist approach that attracts the insecure and leads them to the sort of blind allegiance behind suicide bombings. 
Yes, it is easier, as in 'The Life of Pi', to talk of tigers and dreams but of much greater use, if we stay with the real and struggle to create beauty and order in the everyday. 
Christianity wants to rob the world of Love, by suggesting it is found in one baby, from one faith tradition, at one time, for all to recognise.
NO. Love comes anew in every baby throughout time and is never controlled by one person, one faith, one culture or one human construction called 'God'. Let this season not be about Christ - mas or about God. These are ideas and words which fracture and separate. Instead let it be the celebration of birth and of love, experiences that every person on the planet can share.

MIKHAIL KALASHNIKOV

 How chilling to go to the grave drowning in an ocean of blood.

PUSSY RIOT

Brave Pussy Riot, how accurate your comments are and how courageous to voice them.

Long live the spirit of defiant protesting truth.

KANARIKOV KILLS HIS SON AND HIMSELF

Mothers, fathers, families, courts, social workers and Guardian ad Litems share responsibility for even the most extreme fall out from custody disputes when they favour one parent over another.

A child must have equal access and residence with both parents.

Intruding upon that sacred bond risks even the most heinous consequences.

I hope it is clear that I am not commenting when there are abuse issues that threaten the safety of the child etc. 

I am commenting on the many cases when THERE ARE NO SUCH ISSUES and the agencies and individuals I mentioned interfere to wreck the child's access to their  Dad.

I have been in the situation of battling against all the odds to save my access and residence with my children.

Against all the odds, but only after having spent tens of thousands of pounds and having been decimated emotionally, I did gain joint custody. However I was left with a clear understanding that many would not have managed to achieve this and some would have buckled under the horrendous pressures and vicious tactics that others adopted.

IF THERE ARE NO SUCH ISSUES, then fathers and mothers should have equal access and equal residence and anyone who acts to prevent that is culpable.

LIBBY PURVES ON GOOD WORKS

We must resist the manipulative argument that Christianity promotes good works.

If it promotes a divided society, prejudice, hierarchical authority, homophobia, sexism and a history of torture and murder as well as resulting in the amassing of wealth, power and advantage to itself, we would be well rid of it.

The argument that 'some' of its minions are brainwashed into believing that they must do good to gain favour with their God is self seeking and has no moral worth, nor efficacy for the long term enhancement of international order.

The good works organised by secular society are of far greater effect and relevance.

NIGELLA DRAGS ON

I am afraid that I believe the sympathetic comments presented about Nigella are misguided.

They represent the fact that the public has been sucked into a collusive sanctioning of the games the media play with us.

The Nigella story continues to fill front pages and occupy the minds of many because she is rich, the journalist's sweetheart and has an advantageous network.

The trickery involved and the corruption, is that we all know countless others whose lives are far more wretched than Nigella's, but we are not being asked to show sympathy for them.

The front pages don't provide us with continual updates about their lives; not even the tortured, maimed, poverty stricken and those blighted by disease, war and oppression.

Individuals suffer across the world in horrific ways but their stories are not appearing day in day out.

In their place we are being asked to show sympathy for a woman drenched in advantage by journalists wanting to sell their papers, and we are fool enough to be sucked in!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Spain and Uganda's Christian link...

Uganda to jail gays for life because of Christianity

Spain to jail women choosing abortion because of Christianity

Not so 'Silent Night, Holy Night'....

UGANDA'S CHILLING NEW LAW

Uganda intends to jail gay people, for life, bowing to pressure from fanatical Christian groups. 

Evangelical Christianity can be as dangerous as fanatical Islam.

As we continue to expose our children to religion, it's time we woke up to its lethal influence.

HOLYROOD'S WISDOM

Holyrood exposes the prejudice that tries to hide its ugliness behind a religious face, in rejecting the latest attempt to amend the equal marriage legislation.

ADLINGTON'S FOLLY

Adlington will not help insecure girls if she allows herself to be presented like a supermodel and says she would consider cosmetic surgery. How much does she want?

Does the gold medal winner not appreciate how many competitors had to cope with losing when she achieved her gold medal? Inner peace comes when we can love ourselves as we are.

This involves integrating our strengths and weaknesses, our successes and failures.

Seeking a gold medal in everything is the road to ill health.

Friday, December 20, 2013

DISESTABLISH THE ANGLICAN CHURCH AFTER ITS LATEST ATTACK ON GAYS

 Andrea Minichiello Williams represents the Church of England's continuing attack upon the  LGBT community. Locked into its prejudice and shut out of equal marriage, it should no longer be the established church of this land. 

WINSLET'S ATTACK ON CHILDREN

Winslet deserves rebuke for using her fame to threaten the safety and security of children. Kids need their Dads just as much as their Mums!

CHOUDARY

Peace, as in Northern Ireland, as in South Africa, as in every conflict situation, will only be achieved, when everyone is allowed to speak, when all listen, and all seek a solution. One World.

It seemed that some of his points, made against the backdrop of such a horrific act could not be heard. Within them lie perhaps  the raw grief of an Afghan, Pakistani and Iraqi parent as they cradle their dying child, hit by a mistakenly targeted allied bomb or caught in the lateral damage of a drone attack

ONE RULE FOR NIGELLA LAWSON - ANOTHER FOR THE POOR

McCollum and Reid are jailed for drug smuggling in Peru, Nguyen is jailed in England for growing cannabis, Wynne, battling a fatal brain tumour is jailed for using it and the very wealthy, much lauded, media supported and powerful Nigella Lawson admits to using Cannabis and Cocaine and walks free.

 One rule for the rich, advantaged and influential, another for the rest.


The announcement that the police will not investigate Nigella Lawson over cocaine and cannabis use is shocking.


Her image of being a domestic goddess lies in ruins. In chasing fame and influence, she farmed out her children to holiday with the Grillo sisters repeatedly, gave them gratuitous amounts of money, squandered obscene levels on herself, sold herself for the  'gold' of the marital 'cage' and indulged herself on cocaine and cannabis, while being feted as an exemplar by the media. The image we have now is of a pitiful, spoilt, money drenched, drug dependent and child neglecting casualty of the rich and advantaged classes.


The heart of the matter though is not Nigella. It is exposing the hypocrisy at play in elitist papers and among journalists, feting a woman whose class, status, finance and influence make her apparently above reproach. It is the British media filling the papers with this non story when Syria's children are dying. I feel for every human being in every mess they encounter or create, and know that there but for the grace of God go I.

This is not personal or judgmental. I can't throw stones. I have messed up enough in my life. Mere mortals who mess up are obliterated by the media. Not so Nigella.....

We must tackle the dishonesty that divides our world and struggle to find the path of truth.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

BOOKS PUBLISHED

The second edition of my book FOR GOD'S SAKE DON'T GO TO CHURCH has been published:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/For-Gods-Sake-Dont-Church/dp/0853054460/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1387483383&sr=8-1&keywords=for+gods+sake+dont+go+to+church

My new book BE AN AWESOME DAD has been published:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Be-Awesome-Dad-helicopter-missions/dp/1494468824/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1387483448&sr=8-6&keywords=be+an+awesome+dad

My new book THE DIARY OF A PRISONER OF WAR has been published:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Diary-Prisoner-War-Imprisoned/dp/149430323X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1387483761&sr=8-1&keywords=the+diary+of+a+prisoner+of+war