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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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

Friday, February 27, 2015

SOCIAL SERVICES AND THE NHS CONDEMNED

Our 'great' national institutions stood by and watched as a paedophile fingered and raped the living and the dead and those paralysed and unable to feel or know.

And you know what?

While all these noble commentators tut and sigh and protest and put new and extra nonsensical and missing the point measures in place to support their systems, bankrupt of common sense, not a single big wig, not one institutional leader , no representative of the great and the good will be charged with negligence, complacency or the like.

All will saunter off to their yachts, to their holiday idylls, to their countryside estates, to their nice tax avoiding bank balances and pine the past while perpetuating the abuse, in different forms, in the present.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article4366155.ece

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

POLICE THUGS AND TASERED KIDS

An 11 year old faces a 50,000 volt weapon pointed at them by a cop.

An 85 year old man lies struggling for breath, tasered.

A partially sighted 65 year old man floored, tasered.

400 children last year tasered at the hands of the police.

A dreadful indictment of those who appear to be emotionally illiterate and psychologically incapable of calming tempers, responding proportionally, and de-escalating confrontational situations.

So often police camera TV programmes sport police officers with a macho edge, wading in to restore order, yet only triggering further crises, inflaming passions and provoking the worst in people.

Give a person a weapon and you will harness their most primitive. Train them to use their intelligence and we might begin to evolve into a more humane society.

All police must wear body cams to ensure accountability.

Expecting an apology alone to suffice for the misuse of a taser, makes a mockery of the violence and the culpability involved in tasering a partially sighted senior citizen.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article4364542.ece

THE MENTALLY ILL 16 YEAR OLD ABUSED BY POLICE AND THE COMPLACENT ICV SCHEME

The Bexley Independent Custody Visitor Panel is a sham,  as is the ICV scheme at large, giving the pretence of a monitoring and safeguarding facility, whereas in fact it is merely a stooge of the authorities to placate protest and bury issues.

Lord Scarman, worried that detainees were being abused in prison cells, and to ensure public confidence in detention gave recommendations that led to the ICV scheme.

Having suffered violence at the hands of the police myself and being abused while in custody, I joined the ICV scheme and worked as a volunteer for a number of years.

I was shocked by what I found.

The panel members had built up friendships with the police and were more concerned to socialise pleasantly with the staff than check on the welfare of the detainees. The conviviality between ICV's and the police meant that concerns raised were easily brushed off, explained away with a laugh or just ignored.

Mentally ill detainees, the vulnerable, women and children were passed over with cursory attention and their specific needs and problems overlooked or disregarded.

ICV members enjoyed their social visits to Sophies in Sidcup and to City Hall in London more than the work itself. Opportunities to mix with high ranking police officers flattered the panel members who were loathe to ruffle fearthers.

PACE requirements were not met routinely and failures were blamed on staffing levels and budgetary constraints. No effective quality control targets were in place, systems were forever changing and there was no consistent leadership or policy approach.

That a sick mentally ill girl of 16 was kept in a cell for two days without food and water is of no surprise to me.

I hope it hangs heavy on the consciences of all those ICV's whose complacency allows for such an outrage and all the MOPAC staff who value their salaries rather than the protection of innocent detainees, systematically abused within police cells across the Met.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/crime/article4351282.ece

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

MEDIA CREEP

Am I missing something? I thought it was obvious - the media.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/charliewarzel/what-kind-of-creep-sells-a-celebritys-naked-photos-on-the-in#.lpgZy87l4

ROTHERHAM

 Beware the leaders. Distrust the structures. Scrutinise the social workers. Protect yourself from the police. Keep your boundaries with councillors, MP's, judges, clerics, teachers and the like. No one entrusted with power can be assumed safe. They hold contaminating material that can disrupt even the noblest of minds. Remain sceptical at enquiries, reviews, commissions and reports. The great and the good are a privileged bunch, toadying in the corridors of power, watching each other's backs, calling in favours and toasting one another at dinners. We may need the aforementioned, but only with our wits about us, launching our own investigations and maintaining our safety at all times. CCTV or record everything. Give the authorities not an inch of advantage. 

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/crime/article4344206.ece

MATTHEW PARRIS - ROTTEN IMMIGRANTS?

Those UKIP, BNP, NF, far right campaigners who lob verbal and other missiles towards immigrants need pay heed. Everyone around them, is foreign born, somewhere in their near or distant past, in great or small degree. They point at and heckle themselves. It may be, that with local accent, suit, dress, home, kids, car and job - their own or another's alien status is rather well camouflaged. However, if all the immigrants went home, there would be no one left on Old Blighty. An island bereft.

Its genius has been to welcome, accommodate and integrate. So well has it achieved this, that all yesterday's arrivals have blended into the common soup of British life. Targetting today's arrivals is dishonest, and disrespectful of our roots.

So let's start digging. My children are a mix of Russian, Polish, English, Irish and Italian and that's for starters....but no one would ever know.



CHURCHILL - HIS DARK SIDE

Nations fantasize about their heroes as extravagantly as comic strip super heroes. It is a common human failing, replicated with reference to deities and all leader figures.  The personally and publically countenanced deception denudes humanity of perspective and individuals of responsibility. Enough of busts and idols,  grind them to dust and let us remain with the  messy reality of flawed yet remarkable humanity, that achieves and fails in ample measure.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/02/03/the-dark-side-of-winston-churchills-legacy-no-one-should-forget/

A KISS TO DEFEAT MILONOV

The greatest weapon of all, to silence the hatreds and delight in the inviolable - a kiss.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/susiearmitage/trolololololesbians#.khj2vbBDO

REVENGE SOUGHT BY SAFI AL KASSASBEH

Revenge. The response that perpetuates violence and exacerbates the first aggression, that leads to further bloodshed, heartache and recrimination, that means another father and mother double up in grief and look for vengeance, that splinters our fragile earth community.that leads to  further bloodshed, heartache and recrimination.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/father-murdered-jordan-pilot-demands-harsh-revenge-150204100838183.html

12,000 MUSLIM PRISONERS IN THE UK

Throughout history, the policy of suppressing the poor, imprisoning and demonising them has been shown to fail. The walls of prisons burst, the gates of palaces are torn down and mighty civilisations perish.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article4343518.ece

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

FLIGHT LIEUTENANT MOAZ AL-KASASBEH

 Great Britain and America were burning people alive in the 18th Century and Greece in the 19th Century. Societies evolve, but only if they are allowed to benefit from a more prosperous economy, shared among the people. It is not unexpected that medieval barbarity might thrive in areas where standards of living are incomparable to the rich world. The poor are brimming at our borders and haunting us with terror. Unless we are honest enough to admit a share of culpability and resolved enough to share equitably the earth's resources then the disorder will only continue.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/middleeast/article4343225.ece

THE TALE OF JAMES ROBERSTON

Many who are idle and unmotivated, who squander their lives, trapped by screens, sex or substances, could learn much from James Robertson. Inheritance, handouts and charity can sometimes cure, sometimes kill. Struggle, endeavour, sweat and commitment are all too rare these days; they form character and ensure fulfillment. Beware that which comes too easy. It often proves one's undoing.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/stephaniemcneal/after-story-of-man-who-walks-21-miles-a-day-to-work-goes-vir#.rtyalqn5z

NO GENOCIDE IT SEEMS?

The very bones may cry out from the mass graves, for a justice that eludes them, it seems, from the powerful grey haired, atop soft leather thrones, in the 'corridors of justice' in the honey pot of the world. 

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/serbia-guilty-1991-genocide-croatia-150203105839834.html

BISHOP OF SWINDON SLIP SLIDING AWAY OVER THREE PARENT BABES

On the Today programme, the Bishop of Swindon, slipped, slid and crashed about trying to explain why yet again the Church of England is dragging way behind, struggling through mud, resisting merciful medical advances, quenching modern day miracles and presenting itself as the cruel, inhumane organisation it claims not to be.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05102t1

About 1 hour 10 mins in


BOWOOD LAMB ABBATOIR

As it appears to be Halal, in the minds of some, to behead innocent civilians, sheep have little hope. Blood and life come cheap, it seems, for many who claim a cosy relationship with the 'creator'.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/02/03/halal-slaughterhouse-filmed-torturing-and-taunting-sheep-insists-animal-welfare-highest-priority_n_6602582.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-news

ROSS CLARK ON RELIGION AND STEPHEN FRY

 There is every need to withstand the humbug propagated throughout the world by the religious, marketing their own projected psychoses and tyrannising their victims. The 'God' as depicted by every known religion is detrimental to health and civilisation. A tsunami of blood flows presently in odious consequence. The soft indulgence invited by Ross Clark to something so evidently toxic is the typical privileged approach, taken by the elite, to cathedral culture and 'Thought for the Day' banality. It is written from armchair safety, and from a lifestyle, unbloodied by the horrors that religion occasions.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/thunderer/article4342323.ece

Monday, February 02, 2015

EGYPT'S SHAMEFUL JUDICIAL SYSTEM

183 upheld death sentences by a puppet judiciary that sullies the name of justice.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/egypt-confirms-death-sentences-183-people-150202104339567.html

THE NEW WEAPON AGAINST OPPRESSORS AND ABUSERS

THE MOBILE PHONE.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/imaansheikh/indigo-flight-sexual-harassment

BEER AND PORK - PETER GRESTE'S CELEBRATION

A celebration and a headline unlikely to aid the two remaining Al Jazeera journalists in captivity.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/02/02/peter-greste-beer-pork-egypt_n_6592184.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-news

REYNOLDS AND VILLESCAS CHARGED WHILE THE GUN TOTERS GO FREE

Mr Reynolds and Ms Villescas are to be charged with criminal negligence......but not the gun manufacturers, gun sellers, gun advertisers, nor the State that permits the possession of firearms, despite the social tragedies it triggers and the student slaughter it occasions.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/americas/article4341254.ece