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 with 5 children.

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Tear gassed in Tehran, seized in Kabul, worked with Mother Teresa, escaped a murderer, raised £300,000, ordained 1981, 12 yrs an Anglican, slept on the streets, travelled to Auschwitz, Kenya and Pakistan to promote peace, opened the first inter-faith NHS chapel, wrote a biblical text on Parliament, arrested, relinquished his office within the CofE to pioneer independent ministry, baptised 1000's in homes, even on Mount Snowdon + in a circus ring, conducted a wedding underwater, published ‘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 the first gay wedding on prime time TV, sued Associated Newspapers for defamation, co-consecrated the first women bishops for England. Wales and Scotland, accommodated the homeless, took Mass to sex workers, posted it too, was elected Archbishop, arrested for taking his kids onto a roof, not charged - they were harnessed, founded ‘When No One’s Watching', became an ICV, conducted the wedding of the star Jade Goody, was invited to Downing Street, published 'That Old Devil Called God Again'.

Friday, January 23, 2015

HEATHER MCGREGOR TURNS A BLIND EYE TO THE DUKE OF YORK AT PLAY

Heather McGregor, government ministers, business leaders including the Director General of the CBI, and Lord Malloch Brown appeared unconcerned, on Radio 4's Today programme about the Duke's cavorting with young women, on his endless playboy holidays. Whether he had sex with them or not appeared irrelevant. The great and the good were mixing with royalty and lapping up their privilege.
Such was the attitude towards Jimmy Savile throughout his predatory life. Heather McGregor was so pleased it seemed, remembering the applause all gave the Duke at Davos, when he referred to the matter dismissively and moved on. He was rather more stony faced, according to reports, when asked on leaving, whether he would give testimony under oath.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30944201

And about 1 hour 22 in -

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04yjtjg

DYLAN SHARPE'S GONE TOPLESS

So Dylan Sharpe has received death threats for joke tweeting topless pics re the page 3 titillation and has issued a tongue in cheek or arm up back apology. The no life tweet lynch mobs who terrorise through their verbal I.E.D.'s ought to be ignored and sent back to troll land and those who leaven society with their rambunctious wit should have the courage of their iconoclastic convictions.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/richardhjames/the-suns-head-of-pr-dylan-sharpe-apologises-for-page-3-tweet

NAFTALI AND MOHAMMED

TWO SONS BUTCHERED NEEDLESSLY IN THE NAME OF GOD

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-1daed763-1f83-4ae5-982c-9235f2564bec


Thursday, January 22, 2015

IN MEMORY AND HONOUR OF OLIVIA

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/witness/2014/03/small-small-thing-201434133853509485.html

AUSCHWITZ

My own father, a Jew, was liberated as a prisoner of war, having been incarcerated in the Stalag 8b camp for over 2 years, and then force marched, in an emaciated state, 500 miles across Europe.

Here are some moving photographs of survivors of Auschwitz:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jonpremosch/beautiful-and-dramatic-portriats-of-holocaust-survivors#.qg8G37alO

AMERICAN SNIPER

Graffiti protesters are daubing 'Murderer' on billboards advertising 'American Sniper'. Because the State had sanctioned the killings, Chris Kyle is regarded as a hero rather than an assassin. It is a thin line. Our sympathies are invited, because we are behind his bullets. Shooting someone from over a mile away, who is unaware of your presence, equates uncomfortably with the actions of those who murder someone when their back is turned, ironically how Kyle was himself murdered. Eddie Routh's actions demonstrate that the stain of  spilt blood remains indelible, outliving the transitory moment when a trigger is pulled. People cannot witness human evisceration and return home as normal and healthy citizens about their grocery shopping and child care. By our engagement with and lauding of violence, our society is presently being shot in the back, and not just through terrorism.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2015/01/22/the-trial-of-eddie-routh-the-man-who-killed-chris-kyle-will-be-american-snipers-darkest-chapter/?hpid=z4

ARCHBISHOP SENTAMU'S DIRTY HANDS

The church descends into farce. The Pope chastises the faithful for breeding like rabbits but withholds condoms and the Archbishop is to get dirty hands by touching a woman. 

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/faith/article4330643.ece

FREE THE BUSH

In this weirdly topsy turvy world, the invisible hand of censorship, wielded by the big internet companies against displaying the human body in its natural and beautiful form, becomes slothful when the web is used for promoting disturbing and deviant activity.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/01/21/instagram-ban-the-bush_n_6508694.html?fb_action_ids=10152767814392535&fb_action_types=og.comments&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B780662401982732%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22og.comments%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D

RABBI PINCHAS GOLDSCHMIDT

The fundamental flaw in this approach, is that once one indulges the subjectivity of belief, the claim to be following divine inspiration can lead to every atrocity. There needs to be an internationally agreed convention that details the permitted parameters of religious belief.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/rabbi-pinchas-goldschmidt/religion-tackling-extremism_b_6508646.html?utm_hp_ref=uk

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

MATROUK

 Brave responses by the victims, actively defending themselves, instead of remaining quiescent. Matrouk, from a refugee camp, who knows little security or advantage, ripe for radicalisation, vomited his frustration in blood. Unless we attend to the horrors of inequality and dispossession, we will never know peace.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/middleeast/article4329888.ece

YAZIDI HORROR - THE BEAST WITHIN

Release the demon within and it can indulge an infinite atrocity. It is true of every reader of this post. None are immune. What protects us is our context and our choice. Guard well your humanity. The beast rages near.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2015/01/yazidis-horror-stories-isil-captivity-201512082350557488.html

BEWARE THE GREAT BROWN OZ SNAKE SLITHERING IN YOUR MIDST

 The modern enlightened way to respond to Eden's snake disturbing the garden idyll. A lesson for the world in how to react to the rise of Islamic and other religious and political fundamentalism.

http://news.sky.com/story/1412058/giant-eastern-brown-snake-found-in-oz-garden

ITS OFFICIAL - CATHOLICS BREED LIKE RABBITS

 Rabbits can't practice birth control. The Roman Catholic Church prevents their followers from acting otherwise, by blocking their access to responsible contraception. 

http://news.sky.com/story/1411240/catholics-dont-need-to-breed-like-rabbits

ALICE THOMSON - DOUBLE STANDARDS?

So Alice, will you be protesting about circumcision next, in similar vein?

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/columnists/article4329209.ece

NO TITS AND WILLIES IN OUR DECEPTIVE WORLD.

 Page 3 looked 'silly' and 'cheesy', because in today's world, contrarily, it retained an uncomfortable innocence. People today can be sated on a feast of vile internet porn even lauded perverse literary porn, such as Fifty Shades, and readily available porn on Sky and Virgin TV. 
The hard edged modern ruthlessness and obfuscation  is conveyed in every walk of life, from school attainment targets, to 'Apprentice' style commercial practices, to rich world protectionism, to the politically correct lynch mob, to institutional stitch ups like Chilcot, the IPCC and the CQC. 
Everything must look perfect. No tits or willies to be seen, the homeless penned in hostels, prejudices silenced, 'Occupy' cleared from the streets, complaints lodged and 'dealt with'  and no corruption easily identifiable; but scratch the surface and the maggots roil.
Page 3 irritated because it was too real and deliciously anarchic. It allowed a person to bypass the nation's system of education and PC requirements. Sugar could bellow 'You're fired' to his heart's content. Feminists could huff and puff. The privileged could sneer, but the models could nevertheless enjoy fame and success, purely on the basis of their boobs.
Feminism and its associates have indeed become part of mainstream culture, but the fact remains, that despite all the waxing and electrolysis, the legs and the lips still remain hairy.

The Times newspaper would not carry this post - Case proven!

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/life/article4329569.ece

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

RAINER HOESS

A redemptive pattern or a random cyclical process that produces good or ill at whim. Mysteries as yet beyond us. It appears that Hoess has personal reason enough to reject his father's grotesque character, irrespective of his Auschwitz horrors. What drives the good and the bad? Are they co-existent energies, re-distributed and reformed in every age, one the counter to the other? If so, do we need a new narrative that departs from the idealistic vision of a perfect world to one where we manage that which is ours in a phlegmatic and practical manner?


http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/life/article4328935.ece

THE SUN NOT KEEPING ABREAST OF ALL PAGE THREE OPINIONS

I suggest we need more nudity and not less.

We were born naked. We evolved naked.  

Covering ourselves heralded our descent into control, power and possession.

Our pretensions escalated with each item donned ,with the greatest pomposity declared by the robes of monarchs and prelates and the most frightening servility and imprisonment demonstrated both by the semi naked and the niqab covered.

Strip the pope and the queen, and suddenly the ridiculous nature of our hierarchies and our hegemonies are exposed.

The Sun ought perhaps to have grasped the moment and introduced a male nude on page 2 opposite the female nude on page three. 

With our world descending into a vile orgy of blood lust and power, we need to be humbled and there can be little posturing when all stand naked together.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhite/hello-999-id-like-you-to-fetch-me-a-wahmbulance

KENYAN POLICE TEAR GAS CHILDREN

Woe betide those who offend the sanctity of the child; those who strap them with suicide vests, those who displace them from their homes and snatch their parents away, those who barrel bomb them and gas them, those who murder them at school, those who tear gas and tear them with dogs and those who abuse them sexually and physically. Peace will evade them. Dreams will torment them. Death will swallow them into a darkness that holds only terror.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/franciswhittaker/kenyan-police-fire-tear-gas-at-children-in-playground-protes#.ca4on64rw

Monday, January 19, 2015

CAPITALISM ALONE IS NOT WORKING

This grotesque information hammers home the utter greed that capitalism indulges.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/economics/article4327338.ece

MISCARRIAGE

Parents need to empower themselves against the systemic insensitivity around them in the face of a miscarriage.
When my wife miscarried at an early stage of one of her pregnancies, it was very important for us to find the embryo from among the miscarried material.
We were able, through ingenious magnification to produce a photographic image for us to cherish. We were able to grieve and lay our precious lost child to rest.
We were also able to discover through laboratory tests that she was a little girl and so were able to name her.
Meanwhile, those around us thought we were strange to say the least. If we tried to speak about our loss, our sentiments were met with impatience and worse, scorn.
However, for us, the creative manner with which we handled our loss was healing.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jenniferchen/why-i-dont-want-my-miscarriage-to-stay-secret

THE SCOURGE OF WAR - BOSNIA

The world never gives itself time to recover from the horrendous aftermath of war and never therefore learns the lessons to eradicate violence for ever.

MUSLIMS BURN IN BIHAR

A society is always judged on how it protects its minority communities.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2015/01/muslims-burned-death-india-attack-20151190514458644.html

Sunday, January 18, 2015

THE BAD MOTHER - ESTHER WALKER

 It seems today that being perverse, selfish and up yourself are designer labels worn by the middle classes and the otherwise advantaged, who get to ski on the slopes of their drab privileged lives and are invited to write about their deviant sexuality, promiscuous relationships and heartless childcare practices in media outlets run by those of similar ilk.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/life/families/article4324332.ece

MISS LEBANON

An apparently clear example of dissembling. A happy selfie suddenly becomes a photobomb by political requirement.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/stephaniemcneal/a-lot-of-people-in-lebanon-are-mad-about-an-instagram-by-mis#.cgQjEWyoO

POPE FRANCIS IN THE PHILIPPINES

6 million lackeys. Our vulnerability and our folly. We surrender ourselves to be led like lemmings  into the suicidal waters of blind servility.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/asia/article4326824.ece

STEPHEN FRY AND ELLIOTT SPENCER

It's remarkable how having 8.5 million Twitter followers can transform what might otherwise have been regarded as an inappropriate, even predatory relationship into one to be celebrated. Its the same treatment meted out to the likes of Bernie Ecclestone and Rupert Murdoch. It seems that money, fame and power continue to manipulate public perceptions of morality. It remains an expedient world.

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/People/article1508579.ece

Friday, January 16, 2015

THE ICC TURNS ITS GAZE TOWARDS ISRAEL

Little by little, the powerful will have no place to hide their atrocities and even their more powerful friends will not be able to shield them. The wheels of justice grind oh so slow, but grind they do.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2015/01/icc-probe-possible-war-crimes-palestine-2015116151720780168.html

JAKE BERRY

All clear thinking people should be horrified. Jake Berry has exposed finally what many had feared, that a minister's pen is as impotent as prayer.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/emilyashton/secularists-are-furious-that-councils-are-going-to-be-allowe

AMERICA'S COSMETIC BEHEADINGS

America extracts the stomach churning gore from its barbaric choice to execute, lest  its reality offend and leaves Hollywood to make graphic screen violence an earner.

MAIDUGURI'S SHORT TERM LUCK

A visit from the President........as elections loom.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2015/01/nigeria-president-visits-boko-haram-heartland-201511671332391175.html

MAURITANIA'S ENSLAVEMENT TO INJUSTICE

The convictions of Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid,  Bilal Ramdane, and Djiby Sow appear unreliable and have sparked protests that have been suppressed with institutional violence. Again the people pay the high price for resisting corruption and yearning for reform.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2015/01/mauritania-anti-slavery-verdict-sparks-riot-20151165545244918.html

REHAM AND IMRAN KHAN

How love's bangers can mash your higher aspirations.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/asia/article4324579.ece

POPE FRANCIS PACKS A PUNCH

The people's pope unfortunately upholds the law of the jungle.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/faith/article4324953.ece

Thursday, January 15, 2015

SYRIAN ELDERLY BROTHEL KEEPER SHOT IN THE HEAD BY JIHADISTS

 And Jesus said, " Let the person who has no sin, fire the first bullet....."

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/middleeast/article4324730.ece

JUDGE JOANNA GREENBERG QC NEEDS RE-TRAINING.

A teacher's fundamental responsibility is to maintain appropriate sexual boundaries with each pupil. Pupils may employ every means available to trespass them, but the teacher is always and only culpable, if they are transgressed. This standard is unequivocal and absolute.

LASSANA BATHILY

“I didn’t hide Jews. I hid human beings. We are all in the same boat,” said Mr Bathily, a practising Muslim.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/europe/article4324853.ece

GOODLUCK JONATHAN'S PRO CORRUPTION DRIVE

The Nigerian President sings hymns while the poor burn and school children are sold as sex slaves.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/africa/article4323382.ece

http://news2.onlinenigeria.com/news/top-stories/393795-i%E2%80%99m-coming-up-with-a-new-anti-corruption-plan-%E2%80%94-jonathan.html


SAUDI ARABIA BLEEDS ON PARIS STREETS

The Saudis march against terror in France while promoting it on home soil.

http://menafn.com/1094071457/Saudi-Arabia-to-Participate-in-International-March-against-Terrorism-in-France

Layla bint Abdul Mutaleb Bassim beheaded in a car park.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/middleeast/article4324517.ece

Raif Badawi, a blogger, to be lashed 1000 times, 50 times a week, and 10 years in jail.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/middleeast/article4319041.ece

Lujain al-Hathlool and Maysa al-Amoudi, women charged with terrorism for driving a car.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/middleeast/article4309131.ece




Thursday, January 08, 2015

OUR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

IN 2014 OUR HOME CHRISTMAS LIGHTS RAISED £2060 FOR SAVE THE CHILDREN

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO DONATED

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1gU6TcCBHU&list=UU7RCGWVd4j_WxIGalDkVi0w

IN 2015 THE SINGING STARTS AT 4.30 P.M. ON CHRISTMAS EVE

CHED EVANS

Ched Evans is being hounded.
All sorts of self-righteous do gooders are piling in to put the boot in and prevent him using his.
Such bull in a china shop antics are gross in the circumstances. The events that led to his conviction and the process of justice itself are mired in controversy. Everyone involved so far has lost and has much to learn.
Yet the PC brigade have found another victim to ride their brute gender and sexual politics upon. The lynch mob are ranging free and hanging Ched's future on every available branch.
Social media are awash with vitriol, threat and abuse.
Enough of this verbal and social terrorism.
If society is to mature, we must look honestly and equitably at responsibility and choice. Choices to mix with and ingratiate oneself with footballers, celebrities and the wealthy; to party with them and become inebriated and to accompany them back to private bedrooms are laden with intention as is every act of intercourse. So are all the choices made by those in such positions of financial or other advantage.
When society seeks to divine the purpose and permission at play at each stage, it braves subjective ground, often resulting in unsatisfactory outcomes. When its judgement occasions imprisonment, it may be seen to be acting recklessly. When it further seeks to destroy the future of its citizens, 'justice' itself becomes culpable.
Let's hope a football club has the balls to sign him and that our lynch mob, PC driven society learns to play its game better.