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

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

CLOSE FAITH SCHOOLS

All faith schools must be closed. Education must be offered without partiality or vested interest. One cannot object to Islamic practices while accommodating Christian and Jewish ones. Government alone must be responsible for our schools and curriculum.


The existence of faith schools is the greatest threat to our modern society. It allows the old to continue to entrap young minds and perpetuate their blinkered thinking. It sanctions the imprisonment of young lives in nonsensical traditions and restrictive cultural practices. It spawns fundamentalist thought and the excesses of dogmatism that can lead into terrorism and extremism. 
There is no logic or rationale for secular government to permit them. They continue purely because the Church of England, the Roman Catholic Church and the Jewish community have such wealth and power. Their schools cannot easily be closed and so, in our equal society, other faiths are invited to open schools also. 
The Birmingham experience has illustrated just how offensive it is for a school to assume Christmas celebrations should be observed.
It is time to rid the country of religious schools and remove from education the marking of any particular faith's beliefs, festivals and customs.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/leaders/article4115023.ece

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