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 26, 2014

ADEBOWALE AND ADEBOLAJO - VICTIMS TOO OF OUR TOLERANCE OF RELIGION

I cannot share the vitriol in some of the comments being made about Adebowale and Adebolajo. These young men have fallen victim to fundamentalist religion which led to Lee Rigby becoming a tragic victim of their radicalistion. 
Religion has created a blood lust for centuries across the world and still today Muslims and Christians are slaughtering each other.  Yet not only is religion still tolerated, faith schools are permitted, religious adherents are allowed to mutilate their children, religious broadcasts offend our airwaves and our secular state supports an established church. 
The irrationality of religion makes it an unpredictable motivator and while ever society affords it a place in public life, we cannot be surprised when its dark energy wreaks havoc. 
Imprisoning for life those who have become contaminated by religion not only contravenes the ruling of the European Court, but it removes the challenge of discovering how we can detox a religious addict from their dependency on an artificial stimulant and inspiration and replace it with a responsible attitude towards others, in a world where God talk has been finally eradicated.


http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/crime/article4017118.ece

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