The UK charity commission has accepted the exclusive brethren cult (who have been masquerading as the Plymouth Brethren just lately) application for charity status
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The way has been cleared for a brethren congregation to register as a charity. Sam Burne James looks at how it happened and gauges the reaction
The latest edition of the Aldeburgh Gazette newspaper carried a letter from Celia Leggett, a former councillor and mayor of the Suffolk coastal town, in praise of the “outstanding job” done at the Anglican church hall by one “very helpful and extremely friendly” group at the time of the recent tidal surge in the North Sea.
“They produced very welcome cups of tea, coffee, hot soup, chocolate, mattresses, duvets, pillows and even magazines for people who left homes at severe risk of flooding,” wrote Leggett. “Before you ask, there was no preaching.”
She was referring to local members of the Plymouth Brethren, formerly known as the Exclusive Brethren, whose “rapid response teams” have recently also turned out to help at other flood sites, an industrial fire in Oxfordshire and two helicopter crashes in Glasgow and Norfolk.
Such public-spirited activity by the Brethren has been more in evidence since one of their congregations, the Preston Down Trust in Paignton, Devon, was refused registration as a charity by the Charity Commission nearly two years ago on the grounds that it did not provide sufficient public benefit.
The Brethren have been fighting back ever since, lodging an appeal with the charity tribunal, producing glossy publicity brochures about their beliefs and lifestyles and mounting a lobbying campaign that prompted one sceptical Labour MP, Paul Flynn, to declare that he felt “bullied”.
This campaign paid dividends last week when the commission, after a year-long dialogue while the tribunal appeal was stayed, announced it would accept a renewed application for registration on the grounds that the Brethren had acknowledged “past mistakes in relation to its disciplinary practices”, changed some of these practices and amended their trust deed.” http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/Governance/article/1227688/analysis-regulator-plymouth-brethren-settle-differences/
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If anyone reading this, decides to do a detailed search, through copies of newspapers,to read-up on news, from years past. Most likely you wont find that much news,reporting of Exclusive Brethren group being involved in charity. Anywhere like they have become involved just lately, since they were denied charity status within the UK.
And to help disguise/cover-up this very late entry into public charity work. They have also re-adopted the name Plymouth Brethren. Because the use of Plymouth Brethren-name, is kind of like the generic description. Being that use-of the Plymouth Brethren-name would now cover a number of brethren-groups. As is described in wikipedia
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And some of these other Plymouth brethren groups, have continued to be involved in public charity. Even during many years past, where the Exclusive Brethren group itself, wasn’t really involved.
So it would seem to me, that the best explanation, about why the Exclusive Brethren group, would have suddenly re-adopted the name Plymouth Brethren. Must be for reason to help create public-confusion ,over which particular group their group actually was.
Otherwise. Had they suddenly adopted public charity efforts. While using the Exclusive Brethren name , which the general public ,would be likely to best identify them as being. Then more of the general public might also start asking questions.
So this is why the analysis within the Third Sector reports says
Such public-spirited activity by the Brethren has been more in evidence since one of their congregations, the Preston Down Trust in Paignton, Devon, was refused registration as a charity by the Charity Commission nearly two years ago on the grounds that it did not provide sufficient public benefit. http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/Governance/article/1227688/analysis-regulator-plymouth-brethren-settle-differences/
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Which to-me seems pretty true. I mean,all too-often the Exclusive Brethren haven’t even remembered how to show charity to their own (flesh and blood) family members , a number of whom their Exclusive Brethren group had disowned ,and often treated as if dead.Even going so far as to burn or dispose of any photo’s they had of these people (so they more or less became totally forgotten). Some forced into living with feeling’s of being treated so badly within life , that in the end they chose to commit suicide ,as a way to escape the ongoing-pain they felt .
Fact is.I can vouch for the validity of these feelings of such deep-sadness and despair. Because iv’e even been there myself. More than once. For a number of reasons. Reason’s that i wont bother to share here, at least not for now.
But let me say this. Science has provided more than enough information to tell people about how extremely important family is in life. Humans can find ways to adjust in life. But ask-yourself this, how does ? someone adjust life ,to still be able to give a good family background ,for their offspring. If these religious groups are allowed to keep the right to disallow it.
Humans can adjust to life.Can learn to be strong and resilient. But still, this cannot replace these types of losses ,like i describe. And so the offspring (children) are forced into paying the price as well.
Fact is. Even animal life is also effected in detrimental manner by family breakdown
“THE reputation that elephants never forget has been given a chilling new twist – a generation of pachyderms may be taking revenge on humans for the breakdown of elephant society.
Scientists suspect that poaching in the 1970s and 1980s marked many of the animals with the equivalent of post-traumatic stress disorder, perhaps caused by being orphaned or witnessing the death of family members. “http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2006/02/16/1140064206413.html
Society agrees to allow these groups the freedom to cause family breakdown. And so society ,in general, pays for the outcome of that also as well too.
Over on wikipeebia Christians still struggle to fathom reasons why the charity commission has made decisions that it has
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“The Charities Commission in Great Britain had the opportunity to right many wrongs with their decision. They chose to take a safe and conciliatory road. One that did not escalate into a major time wasting legal battle. The people they were looking at – who desperately wanted to be registered as a Religious Charity, threw well in excess of a million and a half pounds at their case. They screamed about their efforts helping people in the community – something they have only half heartedly done for a handful of months now. Up until then they did not give to charity on the instructions of their leader.
Sure they do all this now – but they let their own kids rot outside their communities. They gave me and hundreds like me no assistance – no counseling- no support – no money and no advice. Just a cardboard suitcase with three changes of underwear and a toothbrush. They don’t even give you basic respect. Even if they were wrong for throwing you out in the first place. Which is why – when I think back on that fateful day when I was 18- I can still see and smell that bus shelter I spent the night in – on my first day alone in the real world. Thrown away by a ridiculously vindictive and insane decision by the Brethren. And they wonder why you don’t love them and why you choose to see them for what they are today.
Like I said- they are insane. And the Charities Commission should have spent a bit more time talking to those who have been so cruelly affected by them and a little less time listening to their madly assembled and dishonest PR hype.” http://wikipeebia.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=438
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I can personally relate to how abishag feels in many ways.
However. I do feel i see need to disagree with abishag , in regards to this statement he made
“The Charities Commission in Great Britain had the opportunity to right many wrongs with their decision”
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I don’t agree that they had the opportunity. Fact is. If the charity commission had carried out, their intention, to continue to reject the Exclusive Brethren application for charity status.
There would have been hell to pay. Soon enough there would have been a number of Christian-groups, running riot in an angry up-roar.
Maybe ? .People like abishag might spend too-much time, chatting to their local friendly pastor/priest , or some members of their local church-congregation. Who will all privately say on the quiet, how terrible this situation is. Who might soothe and pamper people like abishag with friendship and love.
But when the UK charity commissioners need to hear public support coming from within these groups of Christians .
Where ? is it
Nowhere to be seen .It’s just not there. These loving folks care and kindness. Mostly only ever seems to exist in whispers spoken within private places.
What ? kind of support is that
Its simply not good enough support . So therefore the UK Charity commissioners hand’s are tied up like a trussed hog at a barbecue
There are other extremely active, publicly vocal forces at work. Coming from groups within Christianity
“Colin Hart, Director of The Christian Institute, also welcomed the news: “It’s a victory for religious freedom.
“Common sense has been restored and the decision reflects what we knew all along, that the Charity Commission never had the power to direct how a church administers Holy Communion”.
“Elphicke told the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church: “you are the little guys being picked on to start off a whole series of other churches who will follow you there”
“The Christian Institute made representations as a third party to the Charity Tribunal, in a bid to protect religious liberty as the case could have set a dangerous precedent for all churches over how Holy Communion is administered.” http://www.christian.org.uk/news/charity-commission-u-turns-over-exclusive-brethren-case/
And there is other Christian groups getting actively involved as well too
“The Evangelical Alliance has welcomed news of the success of two major campaigns its advocacy team has been involved in.
Yesterday, the House of Lords voted against the government’s attempt to threaten freedom of speechand today the Charity Commission announced its decision to grant charitable status to the Plymouth Brethren.
The Alliance was involved in the two long-running campaigns, working hard to protect free speech and defending the charitable status of the Christian organisation.” http://www.eauk.org/current-affairs/news/alliance-welcomes-both-asbo-and-plymouth-brethren-decisions.cfm
I cannot find even one Christian group, getting actively involved in supporting the UK charity commissioners intention to reject the Exclusive Brethren application for charity status.
Not even one
The best we see is a few solitary Christians stepping forward in support of the Charity commission. And yet, seems some people like abishag will say, how they still don’t get it . Cant fathom why the Charity commission didn’t carry through with their intention
So in effect this is what it comes down to
1. They will gladly turn a blind eye to how their friends within Christian groups wont care to all step-forward and publicly put their own necks on the chopping-block , by acting in support of the UK charity commission
2. Yet at the same time will make these demands in expecting that the Charity commissioner’s themselves (a very small group of people) should have been more ready to put their own necks out there.
Human faith hath no bounds
In time to come. As more people become atheist. We might one day see groups of atheist stepping forward to publicly support the charity commissioners
But for now.For Christ sake. Give these charity commission people a break. They are not God’s. They cannot move Groups of Christians, to want to step forward, in support.
And so if God-exists . One wonders if he is ? asleep perhaps, or taking a holiday.
But one thing seems certain. God sure doesn’t seem to help his Christian-followers , fathom matters either
So little wonder it’s remained this way for generations.