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

Monday, January 06, 2014

FGM AND CIRCUMCISION

I fear that the differences between FGM and circumcision are being misunderstood.

125 million girls women have suffered this in over 27 countries and it takes place as a cultural ritual on girls weeks old up to puberty with most girls cut before the age of 5.

Circumcision is a similar abuse of boys. It can prove psychologically damaging and the loss of skin over the glans of the penis causes a loss of sensation that can intrude upon effective and pleasurable sexual intercourse.

Both are performed as a cultural ritual, except one is supported by very wealthy and influential world financiers and political players and the other is the practice of often poor and more powerless African nations. It is tempting to pursue the poor practitioners and be deluded by the wealthy ones.

Both are acts of child abuse. Both are motivated by poor education and religious and cultural superstitious practices that our enlightened world should be able to challenge.

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