Thin end-but no wedge
Dispiriting to hear poor journalism from a Radio Four religious programme that I respect.
Broadcast from 7.00 to 8.00 on Sunday the programme intelligently reviews religious hot issues. Today they slipped from their high standards. Regular readers to this blog will be familiar with the story of money-no-object mass lobbying to protect the profits of Hale's Exclusive Brethren's business empire. There is a great story to be revealed here. It's one of mass deception by a successful cult who oppress their own followers. Only the Mail on Sunday has exposed the dreadful truth of good people living in constant fear of losing their homes, jobs and families. A few parliamentarians of both houses are determined to reveal the truth and help the victims of the cult.
The trap that Radio 4 fell into this morning was a familiar one. They absorbed a pre-conceived view fed to them by gullible MPs and lobbyists. They could not escape from the myth that a small vulnerable Christian Group was being victimised and persecuted by (believe it or not) the Charity Commission. Fear mongers increased their constituency of outrage by claiming that refusal of charity status to EB was the 'thin edge of the wedge.' 'Others would suffer', they claimed.
This is preposterous piffle. Hale's EB is unique among religious groups, including the dozen other Plymouth Brethren groups, for their excessive emphasis on 'separation'. That is why the Charity Commission denied them charity status on the grounds of no proven public benefit. Only one of the 1176 groups that applied last year was refused. That was Hale's EB. They are the thin end of a non-existent wedge.
Radio Four today did a poor job by:-
* Failing to define Hale's Exclusive Brethren by referring to them by the misleading, virtually meaningless, name of 'Plymouth Brethren'. No other group of PB practise separation in the way the EB do.
* Ignoring the serious allegations against EB that may prove that they are a cult that abuses its own flock.
* Not mentioning the unprecedented lobbying and legal campaign funded by £1.5 million that has put great pressure on MPs and peers.
* Disregarding the Janus character of EB as a religious cult and an international business federation. One family 'shut up" by EB last year for buying a £300 laptop instead of the Hale's EB's £1,600 laptop that is disabled to prevent access to all but EB websites.
Parliament must resist EB's self-serving lobbying and reach its own decision free of pressure. Many MPs have already been persuaded by false information. Radio Four today this morning gave new currency to myths.
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