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 Tehran, seized Kabul, helped Mother Teresa, raised £300,000, ordained 1981, pilgrim to Auschwitz, wrote on Parliament, convicted, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, relinquished 12 year Anglican post, 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 2 Canterbury cathedral, arrested, co-founded the Society for Independent Ministry, consecrated as a bishop, co-founded the Open Episcopal Church, did 1st gay wedding on prime time TV, sued Associated Newspapers, co-consecrated 1st women bishops 4 England,Wales,Scotland, accommodated the homeless, took Mass 2 sex workers, posted it, elected Archbishop, arrested 4 climbing with sons, 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', harassment conviction,campaigning against child abuse, quashed on appeal, convicted 4 successful blogging 2 stop paedophile. His annual Christmas Lights reported in Daily Telegraph,Sky News, C4 have raised £55,500 for water for 3 Gambian villages. Published "The Tales of Henry the Lovable Hedgehog" available on Amazon.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

LET US STOP PRETENDING THAT THERE IS SUCH A THING AS FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

President Macron is causing offence internationally by espousing the errant concept that the human species has a right to liberty of expression. Over the last years and this week we have been witness to the grotesque consequences that such a misguided and inaccurate myth has brought upon the innocent. Every person, family, community, society, culture, faith and nation sets limits on such a freedom. From the simple withholding of a negative comment about a person's look, hairstyle, clothing or figure, not to cause offence, to the laws that prevent outraging public decency, causing offence, blasphemy, defamation and treason. Our speaking, writing and acting are constrained continually by the boundaries of manners, propriety, expectation and requirement. It is wholly unsatisfactory that developed societies that have increasingly legislated to protect the privacy and reputation of the living, should stand by and condone the demeaning, mocking and insulting of historical figures, especially when immense public outrage and devastating consequences result. In building a peaceful world, it seems that communications can inadvertently or deliberately become weaponised to deadly and far reaching effect. We need to evolve a new way of approaching the concept of expression, whether it be by speech, writing or illustration, to ensure that it promotes respect, understanding, inclusion and social harmony. 

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/french-interior-minister-says-country-is-at-war-and-predicts-more-attacks-after-nice-killings-lj0rvl02d

ARCHBISHOP JONATHAN BLAKE - MY LIFE - PART ONE
ARCHBISHOP JONATHAN BLAKE - MY LIFE - PART TWO
I AM PROUD OF MY WRITING, FOR JESUS’S SAKE, THAT HAS HAD ME FOUND INNOCENT IN HEAVEN, BUT TWICE A CRIMINAL ON THE EARTH. THE FIRST IN 1990 WHEN I WROTE A BIBLICAL TEXT ON THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT IN PEACEFUL PROTEST ABOUT THE BOMBING OF YOUNG IRAQI RECRUITS DURING THE FIRST GULF WAR. THE SECOND, IN 2016 WHEN I WROTE ON MY BLOG, TO ALERT THE PUBLIC ABOUT A PAEDOPHILE, AND WAS SUCCESSFUL IN FORCING THE AUTHORITIES TO STOP HIM HAVING ACCESS TO CHILDREN. THERE WAS ALMOST A THIRD! IN 1997, WHEN I WAS ARRESTED FOR NAILING MY PROPOSALS FOR REFORM OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND ON THE DOOR OF CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL. WORDS ARE POWERFUL MESSAGES THAT CHALLENGE  CORRUPTION, CONFRONT THE WICKED AND CREATE A BETTER WORLD. JESUS IS THE WORD OF GOD AND HIS FOLLOWERS ARE CALLED  TO COMMUNICATE HIS WORDS,  IRRESPECTIVE OF THE COST.
"You brave, courageous and wonderful man. To stand up for the truth in the face of suppression and oppression is truly an act of a pure heart."

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