The continuing attempts of anti-democratic, freeloading Manx bigots to mount an exhibition where they intend to preach tolerance and democratic values have me in stitches. The latest instalment is at http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/Anne-Frank-exhibition-receives-funding.5958942.jp.
First thing to note, by the way, earlier versions of this press release bear signs of drafting by a notorious Freedom to Fester’ hack, who in turn lifted a considerable chunk from a handout issued by CCF as a condition of their funding. Some ‘charitable act’!
My initial reaction to the news was ‘At least racists, parasites on the public purse and opponents of democracy are paying for their own nonsense. Now, if only they leave us alone for a while, visit the exhibition and start learning for themselves the island might start getting better.’
They won’t, of course.
But I couldn’t resist testing the CCF statements against the charity register and other reputable sources to see if that stands up any better than previous twaddle on this exhibition.
Firstly, I discover that they’re not even on the charity register. Then, at http://www.churchandcommunityfund.org.uk/about_us.html , I find that is because:
“The CCF is a charity, excepted from registration under the Charities (Exception from Registration) Regulations 1996 and 2002”, and that “All CCF grants seek to take the church out into the community, bring the community into the church and strengthen the relationship between the two.”
In other words, firstly you cannot check if this ‘charity’ is a reputable one because the ongoing cosy relationship between C of E and the UK government means they can call themselves one without any of that onerous filing of public details which can be verified by cautious potential donors before throwing their money away. Secondly, it exists solely to delay the decline of Anglicanism as a force which can dictate public policy in the community, and, in passing, avoid tax and mop up public money.
CCF get round the charity problem by being under the trusteeship of the Archbishops' Council (registered charity number 1074857 – look it up at http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/Showcharity/RegisterOfCharities/RegisterHomePage.aspx to check this yourselves). This, I quickly discover, has around £73 million to throw around, and, to avoid accusations of taking stuff out of context I quote in full their excuses for existence, which are:
"ENABLING, SUPPORTING, SUSTAINING & ADVANCING OF THE CHURCH'S:
-WORSHIP, SPIRITUAL & NUMERICAL GROWTH
-ENGAGEMENT WITH SOCIAL JUSTICE & ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
-WORK IN EDUCATION, LIFELONG LEARNING & DISCIPLESHIP
-SELECTION, TRAINING AND RESOURCING OF PEOPLE FOR PUBLIC MINISTRY & LAY VOCATIONS
-INHERITED FABRIC OF BUILDINGS, TO MAINTAIN & DEVELOP THESE FOR WORSHIP & COMMUNITY SERVICE."
Add the pathetic attempts of Manx Anglicans to get round dwindling punters by turning the cathedral into a ‘public resource’ to be kept open by government cash and I think we know where we are.
The sooner these bigots are put out of business the better. Why should the Manx public continue to underwrite the type of theo-fascist twaddle which caused the 1940’s holocaust and continues to cause newer ones?
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