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 28, 2014

FOLLOW THE GOOD JESUS DID BUT NOT THE BAD

We should try and follow the parts of Jesus's life that were good, loving, inspirational and kind and not  follow the parts that were prejudiced, misguided and fanatical.

DENNEHY - ONCE A BABY WITH TINY FINGERS

 Once a baby with tiny fingers. Once a dream come true. We look into Dennehy's eyes and are faced with a frightening mystery. What happened? We look too at the knife. Who made it and why? Does it not represent our link with this killer, the same potential deep within somehow differently managed, but how? Those who stand in judgement best beware lest they be caught out handling the same base drives. In humility, we must continue to plumb the depths of human personality to gain a greater understanding of such acts of violence so that we can prevent them and save both the victims and the murderers from their fate.

CHASING HEWITT BUT LETTING KIDS WATCH MILEY CYRUS MASTURBATING ON A WRECKING BALL

 Who are we kidding? We are chasing politicians for errant choices in the seventies while our children, from babies upwards are allowed to watch Miley Cyrus masturbating on a wrecking ball.

THE DUCHESS OVERLOOKS THE MUTILATED BOYS

 FGM becomes the next PC bandwagon for the great and the good to jump on while forgetting the cutting, abusing and mutilating of baby boys in circumcision

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/crime/article4018701.ece

BRILLIANT GENETIC BREAKTHROUGH TO OVERCOME DISEASE

 Unhelpful deliberately provocative headline that obscures the brilliant and profound opportunities this development heralds.


http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/science/article4018590.ece

OF COURSE JESUS ISN'T THE ALPHA AND OMEGA

It makes it easier to cope with challenging thoughts if we can write off the source as insane, as they suggested about Jesus. Psychologically so many believers need their beliefs as an emotional prop, the means to survive the day, the facility they have latched on to to handle what is awful about their lives, impulses, deeds or thoughts. However, while faith provides a quick fix solution, it doesn't remedy the underlying ills and sells the person short. Many of the posts in response to my writing are frightened protests at the prospect of having to set out in search of a greater truth. Of course Jesus was a sinner. His sins are even recorded for all to read, but the brainwashed gloss over them, in the same way all radicalised believers do. Of course Jesus isn't the 'Holy of Holies, the Alpha and Omega and the great I am...'etc This is all hyperbole to egg up the illusion that somehow this historical figure is the panacea for all our ills. When, as adults, we allow ourselves to be tricked by others into mythical fantastical thinking we rob ourselves of our own humanity and we dodge the task before us to take responsibility for our lives and choices. The world is left a poorer and more dangerous place as a result with bloodshed, hatreds and unpleasant posts pouring out as from a cracked sewer. The path of love invites each of us to shed all our religious comfort rags and cuddly Jesus figures and mature into righteous, moral workers playing a full part in building a better world for all.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

JESUS DIDN'T LOVE EVERYONE WHILE HE WAS ALIVE

Our language about Jesus is often in a code given to us by others. It is meaningless to say Jesus is the 'son of God' unless by that we mean like we are God's sons and daughters too. Jesus is only 'the Christ', i.e. one that is full of the good spirit, as anyone else who is similarly good. The example of Jesus's life, as so many other inspirational people, may help us to be better people and so prevent us from doing wrong, if that is what we mean by 'saving' us, though it is a misleading word. It is strange to suggest that he loves us, though we are sinners. He was a sinner, so the sin has got nothing to do with it and as he didn't love everyone while he was alive, I suspect it is unreliable to say he does now.

STOP USING THE BLARNEY LANGUAGE LIKE 'SON OF GOD'

We must try to stop using propaganda lingo. His name was Jesus. 'Christ, son of God, stories about the virgin birth' etc - are all the blarney marketed out by the power hungry men that followed and are all to be taken with a pinch of salt.

A CLERIC FOR 33 YEARS AND A BISHOP FOR 14

Having been a cleric for 33 years and a bishop for the last 14, I have much experience upon which to reflect and offer comment. My considered view is that religions and language about God are so far from the mark as to be detrimental. My calling is to try and discover what is true and good and guide others towards that end. Ridding ourselves of what obscures our path is a first and necessary step

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

ADEBOWALE AND ADEBOLAJO - VICTIMS TOO OF OUR TOLERANCE OF RELIGION

I cannot share the vitriol in some of the comments being made about Adebowale and Adebolajo. These young men have fallen victim to fundamentalist religion which led to Lee Rigby becoming a tragic victim of their radicalistion. 
Religion has created a blood lust for centuries across the world and still today Muslims and Christians are slaughtering each other.  Yet not only is religion still tolerated, faith schools are permitted, religious adherents are allowed to mutilate their children, religious broadcasts offend our airwaves and our secular state supports an established church. 
The irrationality of religion makes it an unpredictable motivator and while ever society affords it a place in public life, we cannot be surprised when its dark energy wreaks havoc. 
Imprisoning for life those who have become contaminated by religion not only contravenes the ruling of the European Court, but it removes the challenge of discovering how we can detox a religious addict from their dependency on an artificial stimulant and inspiration and replace it with a responsible attitude towards others, in a world where God talk has been finally eradicated.


http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/crime/article4017118.ece

THE MODERN HIDDEN PAEDOPHILES

Unfortunately, while the PIE might have been outcast and past insouciance towards child abuse removed we are still caught in a 'strange moment in our sexual social history'. 
We cultivate child stars and have them cavorting sexually on Britain's Got Talent. We produce child mags that are sexually obsessed and explicit. We produce children's TV that promotes the myth that the only purposeful pursuits for the young are dating, dancing and performing. Our fashion industry pushes children into wearing make up, the latest fashions and being body beauty conscious. Children's clothes are increasingly suggestive with design lines deliberately leading towards the sexual organs. The music industry produce videos and lyrics that are shockingly sexual directed at a young audience.
Meanwhile we are coy about sex education, remain prudish about handling direct sexual questions from children at home and are incapable of providing balanced sexual information at school. It seems that we want rightly to build an impregnable wall with regard to sexual relations between adults and children, while at the same time allowing adults to deliberately sexually stimulate the young for their own ends yet refusing to be open, frank and informative about sexuality with them.
Perhaps all this represents a paedophilic mindset that has been forced underground and expresses itself in these, at present culturally respectable and acceptable ways, while the base instincts remain predatory and reprehensible.
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/life/article4016187.ece

CHRISTIANS SLAUGHTER MUSLIMS

 Why are there 10 paragraphs devoted to the slaughter by Muslims and only one paragraph to the slaughter by Christians?

Meanwhile, Christian militiamen in Central African Republic, west of Nigeria, executed 70 people over two days, according to a priest who helped to bury the bodies. The Rev Rigobert Dolongo said at least 27 people were killed on the first day of the attack, earlier in the month, in the village of Guen in the remote southwest of the country, and 43 others the following day. The militiamen, known as the Anti-Balaka,ordered a group of Muslims to lie on the ground and then shot them one by one, he said.


http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/africa/article4016248.ece

WHY ARE THE POLICE COVERTLY USING SAP GLOVE WEAPONS ON THE PUBLIC?

In contrast to the ridiculous level of violence that films and TV suggest can be withstood by the human body, the fact remains that a single punch can deliver a death blow. How terrifying then that our UK police are covertly using SAP gloves without any proper public debate about the use of such weapons.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/crime/article4015881.ece

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRDUTytot_Q

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

CHURCH ENCOURAGES HAND OUT CULTURE WHILE THE DESIGNER CLAD ATTEND TRUSSELL FOODBANKS

The church encourages dependencies. A state flourishes when people acquire the skills of independence. Carey opines about the dilemmas that many UK families face. He fails to identify the complicity of the church with hand out culture. 
The church breeds congregations of automatons to join their queues to receive the Mass. They like to foster the image of church as provider and people as recipients. The church has jumped quickly onto the bandwagon of distributing free food to the 'poor'. Documentaries have filmed some of those 'in need' attending the food banks, pushing their designer buggies in designer clothing and looking far from malnourished. However, the process boosts the image of the church and bolsters the pretence that it is on the side of the poor.
This is a masquerade, as the church is tightfisted with its money and the food it gives out is donated by others. Carey worries about rising food prices and the inability to cope with modern conditions. I lived in Calcutta with the poor for a year. No one here knows true poverty. Compared to earlier generations, we live in clover.
People can live on a pittance if they use budget ranges of food, use no heating, shop from charity stores and live frugally. It's just the church and society have created a benefit culture in which people expect, have no shame in taking, are disinclined to forgo and want to do sod all and yet live like rulers, smoking, drinking and watching Sky.
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/columnists/article4014961.ece

TAMARA ECCLESTONE ET AL - VERMIN OF THE EARTH

What is vicious is to be the sort of rich spoilt human being that can happily squander money to feed an insatiable appetite for self indulgence, while knowing you live in a world where a million babies die on the day of their birth through poverty and billions suffer indescribable conditions. People like Tamara are the vermin of the earth, consuming everything in their path, with so little regard for others. Why sully the papers by giving their depraved lifestyles print and photo space?

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article4015507.ece

Monday, February 24, 2014

ADLINGTON IS A TRAPPED AND WOUNDED PERSON

 Our skin deep culture is obsessed with the trivial, the transient and the superficial. We saturate ourselves with egocentricity and egg up our obsessive pursuit of success and 'perfection' and then wonder why personalities fall apart with inconsistencies. Adlington is a trapped and wounded person. She has achieved so much that would be the envy of many. In doing so, she has inadvertently defeated her rivals, dashed their dreams and left them flailing in their failure, only then to be still preoccupied with her appearance. This level of self obsession is replicated in many celebrities and often spurs them into self abuse. It is a disturbance of the mind brought about by the distortion created when we give undue attention to appearance as opposed to the inner human qualities that build rounded individuals and a coherent society.

MEDVEDEV TOASTS THE DICTATORS

Medvedev was quite happy when Yanukovich fleeced the Ukrainian people and could host the Russians with caviar and gold. Not so happy now when they prefer freedom to vodka.

UGANDA SERVES US UP DETESTABLE HOMOPHOBIC RELIGION

Detestable religious people quoting their detestable religious texts and religious beliefs to justify their detestable prejudice and  laws. They mount the most potent argument against the existence of God, for how could God allow such objectionable and destructive adherents to wreak this havoc among vulnerable people in a poor land. So many African and other less developed nations are held in the grip of fundamentalist Christianity, inhibiting their social development and leading them to legalise discrimination. The U.K. Anglican bishops led by Welby, in their cowardice, have capitulated to this primitive morality, and issued their own offensive prohibitions against gay clergy marrying their partners. Religion is shown increasingly to be the greatest threat to building a modern, compassionate, inclusive and just society. 

MALALA CAMPAIGNS AGAINST FGM

 We need a brave Muslim young man and Jewish young man to lead a campaign against circumcision too.

THE JOY OF BEING AN OLDER PARENT

I have a daughter and a son from my first marriage.

I was divorced for 6 years and never imagined I would have any further children. However I remarried, aged 44 to a woman aged 41 who had never been married or given birth.

We now have three children together, conceived naturally, aged 7,12 and 13. My wife was considered 'geriatric' for all three and we encountered a considerable amount of prejudice both from within the family and the health service to her being an older mother.

Dire warnings were issued about abnormality from all sides and a radiographer almost took a macabre delight in saying that one of the children would almost certainly be odd and we should consider termination. Further tests contradicted her pessimism and thankfully all three children are a picture of health.

My wife blossomed throughout her pregnancies and there is not a day that passes when I am not eternally grateful for the miracle of my five amazing children. 

Further, being an older and more mature parent has been an entirely different experience and I believe has brought many additional benefits to the children. So, don't let others dissuade you, as an older person, to have a child.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/health/article4012757.ece

GOD DOESN'T PLAY CHILDISH GAMES

The Bible obstructs people's knowledge of God. Egocentrism is the big problem. The 'I' looms large with so many Christian beliefs. God has saved ME - it's all about the goodies I can get from the eternal sweet store. It has nothing to do with the creator God who doesn't play such childish 'You're in , you're out' games.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

AND GOD SAID - THROW THE BIBLE IN THE BIN

And God said,

"Psst. It's me. Shh. Don't look round. Don't give me away.

If you do they'll come flocking, as if I were Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga or the Pope - I don't want that.

This is personal and real.

I've noticed that your head hangs down and your face is often set.

Your eyes have lost their brightness and your shoulders are slumped.

Whats App? Facebook? Ha - joke, sorry, couldn't resist that.

Look.

You've got to break this habit of going to church and saying your prayers and reading your Bible. OK, I know everyone's addicted today and I know at least it's not drugs or sex or drink. Fair enough. But it still is an addiction.

You feel you've got to do it. That the day wouldn't be right without it. That something could go terribly wrong. That I will come breathing down your neck or that the Devil will jump out around the corner.

Actually, I reckon that's why you look so sad and your life is weary and your thoughts are getting tighter and more embittered by the day.

So I've come to set you free.

I'm unlocking the chains. I'm removing the burden. I'm relieving you of your onerous religious duties.

From now on quit the church. Throw the Bible in the bin. Give your knees a rest and start living.

Walk, no skip, hell no - dance away from this moment, liberated and free.

Open your eyes to see me everywhere.

Look for my words in every piece of writing in everything ever written.

Hear my words in everyone's conversation.

Worship me by celebrating every day with gratitude, joy and eagerness.

Be closest to me everytime you love and love fully and love well and love extravagantly and generously.

Astonish people with your capacity to love.

Take love where it has never been before.

Go to the heart of hell itself and spill your love all around as a fountain cascades crystal droplets over the desert plain.

I'm on the move.  You won't find me in a building each week or on a dead page or by straining in prayer.

You'll find me on the underground, on the pavements, in the crowds, in office space and market place, in heart and song and eyes and soul.

I'm on the move.

Watch out for the Devil netters, the trappers and the hunters. They are waiting to pounce at every corner, offering you a tract, bogus salvation offers, tickets to glory land, promises of Jesus food - steer clear - watch out.

Once you slow down and pause to listen they've got you, sucking you slowly in the labyrinthine web of Christendom's deceit.

A conveyor belt towards dumb servitude and blind obedience. An entrance to brainwashed conformity and irrational beliefs from which there is no exit.

Shhh, they are watching.

I'm moving on - are you coming or are you staying?

If you're coming, start dancing.

In fact, strip naked, throw off your religious conditioning, discard all you have been told about me. Become Eve, Adam again. Here, look around you, this is the glorious garden they stole from you, those religious preachers, who cast you on guilt's stone and judgement's desert sands, who damned you into murder and hatreds instead of allowing you to understand the serpents's role in helping you distinguish between good and bad, right and wrong.

The clerics now slither among you, usurping the tempter's role, masquerading as light, when concealing  forked tongues of venom.

Come, the day awaits, leave the night you have thus far known far behind - let this be the beginning......

THE RICH STEAL THE BEST SCHOOL PLACES

 Bexley is a reprehensible example of this. 'A' grade children losing out on the randomly decided lottery of admission criteria for grammar places and instead being offered 50% GCSE pass rate inferior schools instead. The rich, using tutors, buying up nearby properties and knowing how to milk the appeal system win through. As a fall back they attend the local church, smooth talk the cleric, morph to observe any religious requirement, including confirmation, often with a middle class accent and squeeze into an advantaged faith driven school instead. Academies, allowed to be laws unto themselves, avoid the normal public scrutiny and so the rich and powerful steal again the chase and the poor are ground into the cattle market school provision that caters for the remaining 'rabble'. 

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/education/article4013507.ece

POWER AND WEALTH MORE DANGEROUS THAN CLASS A DRUGS

People's morality and social responsibility are destroyed by power and wealth. When will we realise they are more dangerous than Class A drugs.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/article4013528.ece

DOMINIC LAWSON HAS LOST THE PLOT

 Comparing circumcision with baptism is risible. Suggesting it is in a different category to FGM is disturbing as it indicates how even the intelligent can allow prejudice and vested interest to intrude upon their rationality. Religion, in any form, visited upon the young, distorts their ability to engage objectively with the world. However, religious practices that inflict abusive mutilation upon babies, children and young people are heinous, intolerable and should attract a criminal sentence.


http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/comment/columns/dominiclawson/article1378820.ece

Saturday, February 22, 2014

ABANDONING OURSELVES TO DEATH

 The fact is no one knows what happens to 'us' after death. It's a humbling mystery that no scientist, journalist, prophet or priest has been able to penetrate. The fantasy images and beliefs we concoct are paltry and hopelessly inadequate, though in our grief we often cling to them to see us safe across the devastating torrents of loss. In stronger more sane times we need to come to a point of surrender, when content and at peace we abandon ourselves to death as we do nightly to sleep. 

LET'S STRIP

When we encounter the rottenness in the Bible and in Christian history and the church and then pass it by, ignoring it, justifying it or explaining it away, we make a great mistake.  When we see that the tradition is contaminated we must revise our positions and approach all things anew. The darkness sends us eager for the light. It's not far. Love. Love clears away the clutter, the contamination, the past and present so heavy with possessive hatreds and invites us to strip ourselves, and return to the virgin skin and heart with which we entered the world before those terrible beliefs and words took us hostage.

NYMPHOMANIAC'S BASE ERECTION

It's an ancient lie so oft told, that it's possible to have casual sex with no relational implications. It can physically take place of course, but it always comes with a price. The young remain largely unaware of what the sting will be and guzzle unabashed through every item of sex's intriguing menu. Age and experience bring perspective and the realisation that intimacy is a person's ultimate quest and the delectable fruit of true intercourse. Films and even articles like this surf on the male appetite for that easy sexual erection over cheap fare. Society needs rid itself of the tawdry and produce works of art that point the young and us all to the far more precious, hallowed  and stimulating realms of the exquisite lovemaking of the committed.

THE MISERABLE CHOICES OF MOYLES ETC TO SHAFT US ALL

The foul games of the super celebrities obsessed with the trivial and vaunted on world stages while denying support to the doctors, nurses, the dustmen, the teachers, the police, the judges, the road builders etc and all those involved in providing,  through their endeavour, the far more noble and unrecognised every day necessities of our cherished society.

STOP THE CREATIONIST DECEIVERS

The government must act quickly to eradicate faith based schools and ensure education is secular and factually based. These inconsistent dilemmas arise because Welby sups with the Queen, because the Anglicans pull the strings of advantage manipulated from the past and previous governments have capitulated both to the established church and the Muslim and Jewish community leading a separatist attack based on myth, superstition and the violation of the human rights of their children.

TYMOSHENKO OFFERS A FLICKERING LIGHT

"Our homeland will from today on be able to see the sun and sky as a dictatorship has ended"

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/europe/article4013290.ece

INFANTILE POSTING ON THE DAILY TELEGRAPH RELIGIOUS SITE

It has been interesting to experience the infantile level of comment on this Telegraph religious site in contrast to the more erudite posting at The Times. Perhaps this is where the Catholic groupies gather, but if so it does no credit to the paper.

SCRIPTURE IS LARGELY VILE

Scripture is largely vile, full of murder, genocide, rape and brutality. Reference to it may well be in part responsible for the church of Rome. Noah's flood describes a merciless and sadistic God which in various ways is replicated by the Roman Church and its divisive message.

THERE IS NOT ONE CHURCH OF ROME

Christ never instituted a church. Men on a power kick manipulated impressionable people into forming a community that sought advantage through political alliances. I realise that the firm don't like entrepreneurial variations, but pretending that only British Airways existed didn't stop the likes of easyjet providing access to the majority to flight privileges before reserved for the powerful minority. People may chose to fantasise that their church is the one and only and that one day they will control the world, but I suggest this is more akin to a megalomaniacal mindset than reality.

Friday, February 21, 2014

GOVE DRIVES OUR KIDS TO BE ZOMBIES OR CORPSES

And Gove wants more pressure - more tests - younger tests - longer hours - in a madcap elitist chase for that illusive perfection in education which changes our amazing children into raw material for government processing resulting in anorexic, drug taking, money seeking, ruthless, individualist zombies or corpses. 

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/education/article4012911.ece

AND WHO MADE YOU A BISHOP THEN?

I often get assailed by such questions from a particular breed of religious people who use religion for their own power kick ends...to one recent cynic I posted...

ermmm, well was it a cat, a spider, a group of old men, God, the church, another bishop or a cup of tea? Deep theological questions are at stake. Whose hand laid the charge. One that had interfered with little children or beaten pupils or made advances to ordinands or in celibate frustration had pleasured themselves? - If, by some tiny remote chance it was an unloaded agenda free factual enquiry - Bishop Richard Palmer at a public consecration at St Augustine's, Westgate on Sea in December 2000. If it was facetious, then let the inane responses begin....but remember El Papa said we were brothers now, even brother bishops!!

THE POPE ENDS CATHOLICISM

The Pope acknowledges that the disunity of the church is wrong and that all are to blame. He states that the two fundamental principles of the Gospel are to love God and to love each other, the very foundations upon which The Society for Independent Christian Ministry were founded in 2000, www.sicm.eu and the Open Episcopal Church in 2001, www.openepiscopalchurch.org.  He says that all are brothers and sisters in Christ, whether they be Catholic or Protestant and that one day God will unite us all.

So pass the news on. There is no Roman Catholic Church anymore, just one universal church.

And the ultimate truth is that there is no universal church, just one great human family.

ECCLESTONE IS ANTI GAY BUT BUYS A WIFE

Ecclestone dares to speak against the LGBT community. This man who at 82 'buys a 35 year old wife' with his $4.2 dollars fortune.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/formulaone/article4011002.ece

TYMOSHENKO - REMEMBERED AFTER TWO YEARS

It takes so much bloodshed to remember the fate of Tymoshenko....

DIRTY TRICKS IN MALMESBURY ABBEY

Bringing skater kids into Malmesbury Abbey during half term dirty tricks them into believing there is a relevant message inside - they'll soon find otherwise and take their finely honed tricks elswewhere

FUKUSHIMA POLLUTES THE WORLD BUT WE ARE WATCHING SOCHI

Fukushima spills a hundred tonnes of highly radioactive water into the environment....and no one really has noticed

WHEN DADS CHOOSE EXECUTION FOR THEIR CHILDREN

A father, Sonny Dean, has backed the death penalty for his daughter Miranda Barbour in Pennsylvania. An aberration of love.

LUTHER KING AND NELSON MANDELA'S INFERIOR LEGACY

 It seems with Luther King's family and Nelson Mandela's family at war in the courts, that the great give birth to those of lesser graces.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/americas/article3996875.ece

SARA AL AMOUDI SHOWS THAT WITH BIG BOOBS AND THE HIJAB YOU CAN CONQUER THE WORLD

So with big boobs, make up, tumbling hair, the hijab, a bag full of lies and wads of dough you can conquer the world, men and even the law courts. 

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/law/article4011372.ece

THE POPE BLASTS A HOLE IN CATHOLICISM

 http://bit.ly/1he7N4a

Thursday, February 20, 2014

HOW THE CHURCHES SCAR EUROPE

Oh how cheap life is. How easily we can discard others that stand in our way. How we have recourse so quickly to murder. How we deny the sanctity of life through bullets and bombs. How like a tinder box the world remains, ever on the edge of flames and fury. How empty have been the centuries of Christendom, the trillions of 'holy' words preached and prayers offered. How the churches scar Europe as symbols of impotent grace. How the clergy haunt its nations with their cheap doctrines of salvation and their plastic Christ. How all this fantasy faith must immolate that a phoenix generation can arise, cleansed of the old myths and ready to put death behind them and tread only on the pathways of peace, love and respect for all.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/europe/article4011509.ece

LEGISLATING AGAINST CIRCUMCISION IS NOT ANTISEMITIC

Finding the barbaric practice of circumcision unacceptable has nothing to do with antisemitism. It is the logical application of enlightened thinking in a free and modern society that needs to rid itself of religious superstitions, particularly those that inflict physical abuse on children. 

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/europe/article4011507.ece

RICH BISHOPS ARE CONCERNED FOR THE POOR...

So the bishops of the Church of England are concerned about the poor. On salaries of £40,000 plus a year and free health care and non contributory pensions and palaces as homes and tax free eating, lighting and cleaning and grants for holidays, decorating, cars and generous expenses, perhaps their consciences are pricking them for a change.......

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/politics/article4010869.ece

YANUKOVICH THE MURDERER

Yanukovich must face the International Criminal Court

NO HALAL - WELL DONE DENMARK

 Any religious practice that causes suffering to humans or animals has no place in the modern world.

No Halal. No Circumcision. Well done Denmark.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/europe/article4010403.ece

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

PUTIN'S VIOLENT UNDERBELLY REVEALED BY PUSSY RIOT

 Russian thugs. Putin's thugs. Blood splattered snow. Sochi's shame. Olympic ideals shattered. The world taken for a ride compromising and colluding with an authoritarian regime governed in the shadows by the secret police while protesters rot in Russian prisons or rot in the ground having been assassinated. 

JOHN SHORT'S GOD HAS GOT SOME ANSWERING TO DO

Does John Short not consider how it could be that his God allows children to starve to death at North Korea's railway stations and be made to watch the execution of their parents and be shot as part of the regime's family cleansing? Is this the God that he wants the people to be comforted by - the God that watches while they undergo excruciating and life long suffering?

TOURISTS WALKING ON THE FACES OF THE POOR

For those supping cocktails in Sharm el Sheik, for those bronzing indulged skin, for those gliding through arcades of gold and precious jewels, for those acting as oppressors walking on the faces of the poor - this is the real Egypt - this is why Al Qaeda are at large.

http://www.1001nightbook.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Город-Мусорщиков-03.jpg

PRINCE WILLIAM - THEY WANT YOU AS WINDOW CANDY

William, didn't you realise, the noble powers of the establishment only want you as window candy for their own ends. You'd better leave their ivory alone or the knives will be being sharpened lad.

NOT MUCH DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KIM JONG-UN AND YANUKOVICH

So will the penny drop that there is little difference in the raw lust for power and the cruel use of others by Yanukovych or kim Jong-Un. Power and wealth corrupt and those handling such contaminants need always to be made accountable within carefully evolved structures.

TOURISTS IN SHARM EL SHEIK INVITE ATTACK

 While the rich luxuriate in Sharm el Sheik in a country of poverty they invite attack.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

AND GOD SAID STOP CALLING YOURSELF A CHRISTIAN

And God said,

" Please stop calling yourself a Christian.

Stop calling yourself a Muslim, a Hindu, a Sikh, a Bahai, a Zoroastrian, a Pagan, a Jew, or a Buddhist.

Stop calling yourself an atheist or an agnostic.

Please stop wasting your time catching labels in the wind.

Stop building your palaces in the sky.

Stop pretending you know anything about me. You know nothing.

None of you know anything.

Jesus knew nothing.

 Buddha knew nothing.

Krishna knew nothing.

The endless list of religious leaders knew and know nothing.

All their and your words are empty sounds lost to the breeze.

Instead, plant the seeds of love wherever you go.

They grow, bud, blossom, hold promise, make honeyed dreams come true, cradle butterflies and enable the dance of life to bring blessing, find unity and fashion justice.

Please stop calling yourself a Christian.

You are a human born to love.

                                                           That is the only label you need."

FIVE SENIOR COURT APPEAL JUDGES LIE

 The Senior Appeal Court Judges have demonstrated how even they and their court can dissemble to achieve a desired end. If the poor manipulate the truth, or should we talk plainly, lie, they are punished. If the mighty do, they are honoured. In the corridors of 'justice' it is one rule for the powerful and one rule for the rest. Wisdom from Europe and concerns about our 'degrading and inhuman treatment' of prisoners are swept aside out of political and cultural expediency. 

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/law/article4008929.ece

FAMILY COURTS ADMINISTERING INJUSTICE TO FATHERS

The family courts are the last bastion of prejudice against fathers. Judges make the fundamentally flawed choice to try and act as a moral arbiter. They scrape around for spurious justifications for their arbitrary conclusions that are riven with subjectivity and as such are time bound and unreliable. Instead they should uphold alone the inviolable right of every father and mother to have equal access and residence with their children.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/columnists/article4008466.ece

Monday, February 17, 2014

HAVE WE GOT A COSY PLACE NEAR TO GOD

Do we believe that God loves us and is going to save us because we believe in him and have given our lives to him and that we are assured a place in heaven?

I am sorry to say this, but I have no choice, such a belief would amount to one of the greatest egotistical self deceptions around.

God loves everyone because God created everyone.

God does not love us because we believe. Our belief is irrelevant.

God does not assure us of a place in heaven because we have made a commitment. Our commitment and our response is irrelevant.

As a good mother and a father love their child, so God loves us.

As a good mother and father only want the best for their child, so God only wants the best for us.

As a good mother and a father would never destroy their child, so God will never destroy us.

We have no advantage whatsoever over an atheist, an agnostic, a member of another faith community like a Muslim or a Hindu or a Pagan, not even over those who have done and do extreme wrong.

God loves every person equally and if God is God and if heaven is heaven, then all will be healed, restored and welcomed into this Utopian community of life.

THE HEALTH AND SAFETY BRIGADE KILLING OUR KIDS

Teachers imprison children in classrooms and parents trap their children in homes -  on rainy days lest they catch a cold, on icy days lest they slide and slip, on autumn days lest they play conkers, on summer days lest they catch the sun....and our children get weaker, wimpier and plumper. 

So much for our health and safety conscious world that is slowly killing our kids!

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/health/child-health/article4008644.ece

WE MUST DO AWAY WITH KIM JONG-UN AND THE POPE

Civilisation leads people away from the adulation of any single leader or person, whether they be Kim Jong-Un or the Pope. It enables people to take proper responsibility for their own lives and choices and to participate in building a just and peaceful society for all.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/asia/article4008322.ece

THE GOD DEATH SQUAD

Who will rescue us from the irrationality, the cruelty and the deathly influence of the God squad?

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/asia/article4008333.ece

Saturday, February 15, 2014

SHAME ON YOU ARCHBISHOP WELBY

The Church of England shows its ugly prejudice. 

It can no longer be permitted to be the established church of our nation.

It has become a haven for the bigoted and the divisive.

It uses its God to spit in the face of our young and our old, of our sons and our daughters, of our friends and our family that are LGBT.

It perpetuates the horrific abuse that around the world sees gays and lesbians tortured, hounded, imprisoned and given the death penalty.

It uses its power to crush this minority community.

It has bishops and priests who are practicing gays and yet has the hypocrisy to deny them and others recognition and the dignity of marriage.

Shame on you Archbishop Welby and shame on your House of Bishops.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/faith/article4006670.ece

Friday, February 14, 2014

GROUP HUG ON VALENTINES DAY

So on Valentine's Day - a group hug, for the one thing we all need is love.

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OUR BRUTE INSTINCTS

 We must get to grips with the capacity each one of us has for evil, for evil actions, for evil thought, for evil jest, for evil postings and commentary. So civilised yet we hold brute and base instincts within us. Beware.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/asia/article4005802.ece

GOD, THE PETTY TRADER

God doesn't trade our obedience for his salvation - it makes such a mockery of God, such a small business person peddling his wares. Go big, no go vast, no go immense, shun away these silly petty concepts and be in silence at the awe of what is before you.

A GOD THAT THANKFULLY CHANGES

Please rescue us from the idea of a God who never changes. The whole basis of evolution, learning, wisdom and maturity is that we change. This idea has created an entrenched Vatican and a dead view of the divine. It has also allowed men the arrogance to believe they can gain a hold on the God who is fixed. Oh no, God, like the wind, ever changing, every escaping, ever free to teach us how to love.

VALENTINE'S SEXUALISATION OF THE YOUNG

So a six year old in my family comes home from school with a Valentine card - our society is out of control -  primary school girls wearing make up and short skirts to discos, talk of boyfriends and girlfriends, can't we see how the money makers are sexualising our lives and our children. Stop the rot and allow our children the innocence of childhood.

NO SUPPORT OFFERED FOR A HELL/HEAVEN DEITY

A God that has created an eternal hell for some and a heaven for others is the epitome of evil and no moral person should get involved in supporting such a God.

SEEKING A HIGH ON DRUGS, SEX AND RELIGION

Once the human desire for satisfaction is introduced as a justification for our religious observance and beliefs there is no difference between drugs, sex or religion. We must be bold in grasping the truth that true love lies beyond the grubby human quest for personal highs.

INTRODUCE BABIES TO LOVE ALONE

Don't spoil them. Don't introduce them to religion, or war or power or possessions, introduce them only to LOVE

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WHO BEARS THE PAIN THAT RELIGION BRINGS

Remember, amid all the religious banter, who bears the pain that religious disputes bring.....

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SAID SATAN THESE HUMANS ARE DELICIOUSLY STUPID

Said Demon,

This Jesus guy is trouble.

He doesn't keep the rules. He speaks the truth. He shatters those safe religious beliefs we so carefully put in place.

Says Satan,

He's slipped up though. Was stressed, not thinking perhaps, too full of wine . He took this bun, tore it,  passed it round.  Said when you eat together, when I've gone, cos the shits soon going to hit big style, remember me yea...

Said Demon,

So where's the glitch?

Said Satan,

I'm automating the system. I can see it now. Oh I'm gonna make that bun into millions of tiny confetti wafers that I'm gonna scatter around the world.

I can see queues of brainwashed humans with their hands stretched out believing that our fellow workers have bagged the access to Jesus, that they keep him in jail in their churches and distribute him to their robotic devotees.

Said Demon,

But it won't work, even humans aren't that gullible surely.

Said Satan,

Oh but they are, so deliciously stupid. Let me show you just how stupid Demon.

Let the fingers that pass over these wafer bits of Jesus be covered in distress.

Said Demon,

What do you mean?

Said Satan,

Let's force our fellow workers to be celibate. Let's ensure they are scourged by loneliness and frustration, that their humanity is deprived. Let's drive them wild with need so that they prey upon the children, beat them, and sexually abuse them. Let's allow their only intimacy to be with each other, so that they can scurry to dark corners for intercourse. Oh yes, and for those who can't keep our contorted rules and have affairs that lead to pregnancy, let them pay for the abortions and issue the threats of divine judgement should any of their women spill the beans as they have their seed.

Said Demon,

But the people will surely stop queuing for Mass when all this is discovered.

Said Satan,

Oh you have much to learn. Even if the fingers of the priests have the semen of their abuse, the faeces from their intercourse or the blood of abortions on them, they will still come, because the priests have the body of Jesus under lock and key and the gullible are desperate to get him. So gullible in fact that they won't allow the police near to investigate.

Said Demon,

But it's too obvious a lie. People won't swallow it.

Said Satan,

They will be coming to swallow it in their droves.

Said Demon,

But why when Jesus isn't there.

Said Satan,

When God visits no one realises, except just a very few, a very annoying few, but no worry, we can make sure they are always branded trouble makers, blasphemers, satanists and get them crucified.....




THE BIBLE IS A VILE BOOK

It may comfort you to believe the Bible is the source of life, but if you are brave enough to read it through, you will find it to be a vile book full of horrific abuse and certainly not to be trusted as a source of God's words.

DLT FALLS VICTIM TO THE PC BRIGADE

The DLT court fiasco shows how ineffective every PC campaign proves to be.

Sex abusers, racists, sexists, LGBT haters, child abusers, corrupt police and the rest slip through the net and carry on their vile antics, while the PC brigade busily stultify conversation, terrorise the work space, wreck social trust, shatter family life, invade good homes, get teachers arrested, have people inappropriately placed on the sex offenders register for life,  prevent quality foster and adopter parents being selected, legislate, arrest and harass the everyday innocent public going about their ordinary lives according to the popular culture of their day.

ALLELUIA - GOD MADE GAYS

So now it's official - God made gays - alleluia

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/science/article4004938.ece

THE INSANITY OF RELIGION AS SEEN IN THE AMISH AND ULTRA-ORTHODOX JEWS

 Ultra-Orthodox Jews, the Amish and other such closeted communities demonstrate the insanity at the heart of religious observance.

www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/middleeast/article4004980.ece

THE GOD FROM WHICH WE NEED TO BE EXORCISED

The idea that Jesus needed to die for our sins and give his blood for our release is on close inspection one of the greatest con tricks in history. What sort of a God are we envisaging here that has a thirst for blood, that has to do deals with the devil and is so not in control of creation that human sacrifices have to be made to restore a balance. This is no God but an effigy of our narrow human thinking from which we need to be exorcised.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

JESUS IN A SILLY WAFER BREAD

Jesus in a silly wafer bread, Jesus in some fortified wine, come on ....Jesus trapped in silly prisons on silly altars in cold churches....not likely...he wasn't resurrected for that sort of treatment...

WHEN WE MAKE OF GOD THE SATAN

You should not read the Bible as a historical account. It is a patchwork quilt of myths, made up from the threads of many literary sources. There were no wise men, no gifts at Jesus' birth. God does not dictate events, otherwise he would be the Satan indicted for such horrific crimes as the holocaust and the killing of his own son.

REQUIRING JESUS TO DIE ON A CROSS WOULD MAKE GOD A MONSTER

Predestining the death of Jesus would make God a monster. Old fashioned ideas that God needs a sacrifice  in order to forgive us make no sense at all. We must shake off all this churchy clutter and refresh our sense of the immense love of God that needs no dead son, nor blood fest to embrace us eternally with life.

DON'T TRUST THE CHURCH AN INCH

The church lied from the first day....in denying association with Jesus  at his hour of greatest need - don't trust the church an inch....How could you begin to trust an institution made up of human beings when we are flawed and sinful?

THE CORROSIVE EXAMPLE OF JESUS THAT HAS GIVEN US A BLOOD DRENCHED FAITH

The corrosive example that Jesus followed was to be willing to die for his faith. 

This became the exemplar for Christendom and under girds much of our militaristic culture. 

'No greater love...' etc. 

The willingness to sacrifice your life for that which you believe is taught from childhood, is the apologetic for all our armed forces campaigns and was the basis of the crusades.

 During these and the inquisition it was taken one step further, that violence per se was an acceptable tool for the spreading of the faith. 

We belong to a blood drenched faith and culture that has influenced  the world adversely in this regard. 

We can hardly be surprised when others follow the same route.

NEVER HAVE AN AFFAIR AS BOTHAM DISCOVERED

Affairs are utterly destructive and to be avoided at all costs.

While popular culture teases about the frisson of extra marital relationships, it irresponsibly exposes people, families and especially children to the devastating consequences that follow, that often last a lifetime. 

There is one wise and simple message to pass on to others. 

Never ever have an affair.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article4004531.ece

SEX DRIVEN MARRIAGES COLLAPSE

 Marriages end because the media and modern culture promote unrealistic images of beauty and sex driven relationships instead of the much more mundane but wonderful choice to build a life together accepting each other's and life's failings and learning to make what is lovely out of the simple cloth of life.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/science/article4004820.ece


ANIL KAHLIL RAOUFI - ANOTHER VICTIM OF THE RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM THAT EXISTS IN OUR CHURCHES

Anil Kahlil Raoufi falls prey to the religious zealots, similar in their outlook to many who attend our churches, driven by a fundamentalist belief that they have a monopoly on God and willing to decry and destroy all that gets in their way.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article4004675.ece

RIP ABDUL WAHEED MAJEED - A VICTIM OF CHRISTIAN MARTYROLOGY

RIP Abdul Waheed Majeed - who in part fell victim to Christian martyrology.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/crime/article4003468.ece

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND REPRESENTS THE WORST OF BRITISH SOCIETY

The Church of England, its synod, its bishops and its leading laity represent the worst of British society.

They are held in a time warp, clinging to redundant myths, peddling laughable miracles and preaching old prejudices such as homophobia and sexism.

Its present life depends entirely upon money drawn from past privilege and snatched from the fund raising of former generations. It would barely survive on today's levels of giving.

Its influence in public life is pernicious, corrupting the young with simplistic and anti scientific beliefs that muddle their participation in our enlightened age and promote the divisive thinking of our cruelly intolerant past.

In time it will fade away. Until then, we must guard ourselves and especially our children from its influence.

MAJEED, JESUS AND MARTYRS AVENUE IN CRAWLEY

 As long as the UK lauds its 'martyrs', whether they be soldiers or missionaries, or even Jesus Christ, we have little basis for surprise when others follow a religious or cultural conviction towards martyrdom. 

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/crime/article4003468.ece

WHY THE WORLD IS AT WAR

My kitchen, my bedroom, my creche, my home ....let us realise why the world is at war 

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