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, October 01, 2014

YUSRA HUSSIEN, 15, INFECTED WITH THE RELIGION VIRUS TRAVELS TO SYRIA

This arises when traditional Islamic culture attempts to co-exist with modern Western values. Its view and practice of the patriarchal nature of Islam,  the uniqueness and exclusivity of its core beliefs, its gender role modelling, and its unwillingness to engage in rational debate about such matters within families and in society, creates immense communal, domestic and personal tensions, from which siblings deciding to travel to Syria can emerge. Other faiths, including Christianity exhibit similar issues.
The present crisis is a fundamental clash between secularism and religion. Enlightened societies must proceed to resign religion to history, to remove it from all public life, to protect children from it and to launch a health educational programme alerting the public to the dangers of religious indoctrination. Religious literature should carry a warning, proselytism and all religious advertising and broadcasting should be banned. 
Accommodating what humans claim to be about 'God' in modern society allows a volatile, toxic and devastating force to be at work among us leading us to destruction.

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