Billy Kenber, Investigations Reporter
A fundamentalist Christian sect is using charitable funds to sue a retired Scottish academic for more than £100,000 after he published short extracts of its leader’s teachings online.
The legal action against Ian McKay, a former lecturer at Glasgow University, has been taken by the Exclusive Brethren, which previously promised to show restraint in taking legal action when it struck a controversial deal to protect its charitable status.
The Exclusive Brethren, described by critics as a cult, has about 17,000 British members who follow a doctrine of separation that does not allow them to eat or drink with outsiders. Members attend Brethren schools, work at Brethren-run businesses and are encouraged to make donations to the group’s Australian leader, Bruce Hales.
A charity linked to the…
No great surprise really though . Is it?
There is already a number of news paper articles what help document some other questionable tactic surrounding Brethren.
I feel governments are negligent in allowing these cults to continue to claim charity status. Why do they meet Charity status guideline anyway?. What public benefit is a groups sermons, if in fact the sermon isn’t even been made freely available to the general public ? (such as Ian Mckay)
They creating exclusive club cult sermons. Ministry what then will only ever be benefitting the Brethren club members alone . Nobody else
So why are our governments involved in rewarding this Brethren group, through charity status ?
Perhaps the Taliban group or Isis type groups can all also apply for charity status as well too? (these groups also still have their own religious trimmings, tagged on to their own groups, too)