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.

My Photo
Name:
Location: London, Kent, United Kingdom

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, August 19, 2014

OUR HANDS ARE FAR FROM CLEAN AS JAMES FOLEY IS BEHEADED

 The last State beheading in France was in 1977. The last inhuman execution in the U.S. was July 2014. The last hanging in the U.K. was in 1964.  Saddam Hussein was jeered as he was hung. His half brother executed two weeks later, was decapitated during a botched hanging. Our hands are far from clean.

It is damaging for us to continue to demonise the Islamic community with these grotesque images without realising our own culpability and similar practices. The demons are in all of us. 

We know that many innocents have been wrongly executed and considering beheading, the French Revolution is but one gross example.

It is the similar bloodlust that has driven our atrocities over history from the crusades, to burning at the stake, to hanging drawing and quartering, to the French Revolution among others, to colonial excesses, to the two world wars, to capital punishment et al...

Our neat and tidy systems get it wrong, so we execute innocents.....and our halls of fine thought are mistaken and we invade on poor intelligence and thousands of civilians are slaughtered.....and our precision bombing is not quite so perfect and children's bodies are eviscerated...

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/middleeast/article4181635.ece

0 Comments:

Post a Comment

<< Home