Plymouth Brethren Bad, Shariah Good?

I used to work with a guy who was a member of the Plymouth Brethren. Tom was diligent and polite and had a good sense of humour.

Whilst I had gathered his denomination held strict views on many things , he never bugged any of us in the large office in Cambridge, UK, and in fact rarely mentioned his religious affiliation, except to justify his disinclination to join those of us who went for a beer after work.


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  • But it seems the Charity Commission for England and Wales takes a dim view of the PB, as LSN reports this week.

The Commission refused charitable status to the evangelical minority creed, on the gob-smacking grounds that they are “not necessarily for the public good”.

Speaking to a Parliamentary Committee at Westminster, a PB spokesman said that their distribution of Bibles, street preaching, and visiting the sick in hospital, more than qualifies them for charitable status under the “advancement of religion” clauses.

MPs on the Public Administration Select Committee became interested when they came across a letter in which the Commission claims that the PB rule of only giving Holy Communion to full members means that their services are not open to all, a charge which the Brethren deny. The Brethren say that their public services are offered to everyone regardless of religious affiliation.


Quite so!

Some churches give communion to anyone who wanders in, others do not. It’s up to them, and surely doesn’t stop them engaging in general acts of Christian charity!

As LSN notes, the Catholics have communion rules similar to the PB’s, but presumably because there are millions of Catholics in the UK, as opposed to a mere 16,000 PBs, the Charity Commission decided to bully the little denomination and lay off the big one that could fight back.

Miserable bureaucrat rat-bags!

Charles Elphicke MP, who serves on the Select Committee, has denounced the Commission as “anti-religion.”


Charlie Elphicke


“I think they [the Commission] are committed to the suppression of religion and you are the little guys being picked on to start off a whole series of other churches who will follow you there.”

Undoubtedly true, but if they’re going to pick and choose which religions are ‘not necessarily in the public interest,‘ you’d think they might have looked at the numerous mosques which preach openly sexist oppression.

To be fair, the CC has undertaken investigation into mosques with alleged terrorist links,

But the net could be thrown a little wider, surely?

Shariah-freaks expound shariah law, which insists women don’t deserve equal inheritance rights, which orders women but not men to cover their heads every time they walk out their front door, and extends the right to take multiple spouses to men but not to women.

Many sensible Muslims here in Jakarta don’t care for that nonsense, but alas, in the UK, such ante-deluvian attitudes appear to be common. 

Not necessarily in the public interest? Maybe better to say absolutely antithetical to the public interest.

Perhaps that has occurred to Mr.Elphicke, because he put the question, was the Charity Commission “actively trying to suppress religion in the UK, particularly the Christian religion.”

The Brethren are going to try their luck with that European Court of Human Rights, which has repeatedly pandered to terrorists and criminals in its rulings.



Who knows? Will the ECHR intervene to safeguard the rights of a handful of Protestants?. 

It would be a lot better if Britain’s Parliament exercised its sovereign powers by stripping those damnable Commissioners of their powers and indeed abolishing the Commission altogether, since it clearly is abusing those powers and doing so in a very slelctive and amoral way.