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Monday, 20 October 2014

Free School Status...

The Hales exclusive brethren cult I'm reliably informed are once again angling for the Holy Grail of free school status- ought this be given to a fundamentalist sect which destroys families?

37 comments:

  1. Thankfully, the number of "worldly" children likely to attend one of these cult schools would be about the same percentage as "worldly" members of the public regularly attending meetings in the fortified compounds masquerading as "churches".

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  2. There are many obstacles standing in the way of free school status for Hales Brethren schools in the UK.

    For a start, the policies of the Department for Education are in a bit of a mess, and even the free schools already approved look as if some of them ought to have been refused. So now is not a very propitious moment for making a new application.

    Then the Trustees, who ultimately decide school policies, all seem to be members of the Hales Brethren, who are well known for their extremist views. For instance, they usually interpret the Bible in an extremely literal way, more even than J. N. Darby did; and they have often expressed extreme political views, usually very right-wing, undemocratic, sexist, homophobic and with elements of racism and extreme sectarianism.

    In their application for Free School status they will probably try to surmount this obstacle by saying that the schools are secular and do not teach extremist views. To some extent this is true, but only to some extent. While most of the curriculum (with the exception of Bible studies) is taught by non-Brethren, and does not actively promote fundamentalism or extremism, it passively condones fundamentalism and extremism by censoring some topics that expose its falsehood and by distorting facts to make them fit biblical literalism. For instance, a book with the title Israel: a History of the Jewish People from Abraham to the Present Day was written by a Brethren member and appears to be aimed at schoolchildren. It is a clear example of history being falsified in many ways to make it fit the Bible, and specifically the Brethren’s own eccentric interpretation of the Bible. You can read why I say so in my review of the book at http://wikipeebia.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=468#p3374

    On 10 May, Laurie posted a copy of a document headed Appendix D: Guidance notes for teaching the theory of evolution in Focus schools, which seems to represent instructions given to teachers about how to teach a bare outline of evolution without providing enough evidence to make the children think it might possibly be true.

    The third sentence reads, “These notes are intended to give students enough information so they are not disadvantaged, this superficial coverage has been shown to be adequate in the past.” That statement could hardly be further from the truth. The superficial coverage provided falls far short of what is needed to prepare students adequately for school biology exams.

    I understand there are no lessons on sex and human relationships. Ofsted will not like that.

    Books for use in Hales Brethren schools have been censored and mutilated to remove bits that refer to reproductive physiology, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, other religions, the great age of minerals, fossils, the Earth and the cosmos. A teacher was sacked for teaching a version of King Lear that had not been approved by the Trustees.

    A further obstacle to the granting of free school status is the way that non-Brethren children are likely to be treated. The school will have to allow them to enrol, but they will probably suffer social exclusion, not being allowed to socialise or eat with the Brethren children. Alternatively, they will be repelled by the sectarian ethos, and will not enrol at all. I do not believe the Department for Education would be willing to tolerate either of these scenarios.

    Possibly the best outcome for everyone would be for the Brethren to renounce a lot of their false teachings and harmful practices, and then they might rightly qualify for free school status and charitable status too.

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  3. John Hales, the former world leader and the father of the current PBCC leader, Bruce D Hales, once commented, "The best informed people are out of fellowship. The best read, the best informed people are out of fellowship" (New Series Vol. 29 page 203). It's also well known that Bruce D Hales himself has said that higher education is "narrowing" and that he doesn’t encourage young people in his group of Brethren to go away to university to study. It’s likely that the Department for Education will take all this into account if it’s ever asked to fund PBCC schools in England.

    Aside from their stated antagonism to learning at an advanced level, I'm becoming aware that many brethren in this group are pretty ignorant when judged by the normal standards of general knowledge in the UK population. Their social isolation has meant that they are cut off from many sources of knowledge which ordinary people can access. I have seen a 'brother' from the PBCC reading the English broadsheet the Daily Telegraph and another was deep into the Financial Times while waiting for his train, but I don’t have the impression that the leaders and senior members of the PBCC are in any way serious readers and, as far as I know, they don’t seem to be participating in any formal lifelong learning situations. With no current university graduates, it’s unlikely that anyone in the PBCC is pursuing a Master’s course or researching for a PhD degree, and that’s not much of a recommendation for a group of people who manage schools and may want to apply for public funding to educate their own children and young people alongside other people's children.

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  4. There are many obstacles standing in the way of free school status for Hales Brethren schools in the UK.

    For a start, the policies of the Department for Education are in a bit of a mess, and even the free schools already approved look as if some of them ought to have been refused. So now is not a very propitious moment for making a new application.

    Then the Trustees, who ultimately decide school policies, all seem to be members of the Hales Brethren, who are well known for their extremist views. For instance, they usually interpret the Bible in an extremely literal way, more even than J. N. Darby did; and they have often expressed extreme political views, usually very right-wing, undemocratic, sexist, homophobic and with elements of racism and extreme sectarianism.

    In their application for Free School status they will probably try to surmount this obstacle by saying that the schools are secular and do not teach extremist views. To some extent this is true, but only to some extent. While most of the curriculum (with the exception of Bible studies) is taught by non-Brethren, and does not actively promote fundamentalism or extremism, it passively condones fundamentalism and extremism by censoring some topics that expose its falsehood and by distorting facts to make them fit biblical literalism. For instance, a book with the title Israel: a History of the Jewish People from Abraham to the Present Day was written by a Brethren member and appears to be aimed at schoolchildren. It is a clear example of history being falsified in many ways to make it fit the Bible, and specifically the Brethren’s own eccentric interpretation of the Bible. You can read why I say so in my review of the book at http://wikipeebia.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=468#p3374

    On 10 May, Laurie posted a copy of a document headed Appendix D: Guidance notes for teaching the theory of evolution in Focus schools, which seems to represent instructions given to teachers about how to teach a bare outline of evolution without providing enough evidence to make the children think it might possibly be true.

    The third sentence reads, “These notes are intended to give students enough information so they are not disadvantaged, this superficial coverage has been shown to be adequate in the past.” That statement could hardly be further from the truth. The superficial coverage provided falls far short of what is needed to prepare students adequately for school biology exams.

    I understand there are no lessons on sex and human relationships. Ofsted will not like that.

    Books for use in Hales Brethren schools have been censored and mutilated to remove bits that refer to reproductive physiology, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, other religions, the great age of minerals, fossils, the Earth and the cosmos. And a teacher was sacked for teaching a version of King Lear that had not been approved by the Trustees.

    Then Brethren leaders have a 50-year history of denouncing, ridiculing and restricting education, scholarship, university attendance and degrees. Ofsted will not like that either. Nor will the Department for Education. Nor will most people who have their children’s best interests at heart.

    A further obstacle to the granting of free school status is the way that non-Brethren children are likely to be treated. The school will have to allow them to enrol, but they will probably suffer social exclusion, not being allowed to socialise or eat with the Brethren children. Alternatively, they will be repelled by the sectarian ethos, and will not enrol at all. I do not believe the Department for Education would be willing to tolerate either of these scenarios.

    Possibly the best outcome for everyone would be for the Brethren to renounce a lot of their false teachings and harmful practices, and then they might rightly qualify for free school status and charitable status too.

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  5. Why not advise public schools in the UK of what the Peebs are up to - don't students at public schools pay big fees - they wouldn't take too kindly to the Peebs getting a free ride at the taxpayer's expense!

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  6. What planet do do come from Joan? You are kind of way off reality dear..... They are good at making money/ have thriving businesses etc. That means their level of education is more than good enough. Money doesn't grow on trees, so let's say they earn money by the skills and knowledge learned at school and after they leave Secondary school.
    Experience learning a particular trade whilst on site is a good thing - Fact.
    The PBCC are doing very nicely thank you and
    don't feel the urge to take duff advice from Uni Loonies. They are known to be skillful in business and run excellent schools.

    Another report shot down in flames.



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    1. Hello Anon 21.47.....Is that "John Handel" by any chance? He always used to discuss the merits of making money when discussing the PBCC Ltd, of whom, of course, he was not a member but in the unique position of being a "good friend" and business associate despite the fact that the PBCC do not engage socially with those outside the cult - perhaps on a paid retainer to peddle mischief and misinformation, though?


      Now see here. sweetie (hope you don't mind me being familiar) it is only "Uni loonies" who keep you going in your sad, money focussed life and, indeed, "Uni Loonies" who were originally largely responsible for devising schemes to get the PBCC Ltd. CEO, airborne, at public expense.

      Incidentally, trades are not quite so evident in PBCC businesses - more service focussed selling, warehousing and supplies.I doubt whether there are very many skilled, fully trained cabinet makers, and the like.

      What a pity the PBCC Ltd have to depend on "Uni Loonies", in the shape of teachers, to keep their schools afloat; note to any interested parents thinking of subscribing (form an orderly queue, please) the dedicated staff will often to have secretive liaisons and lessons with your children should they aspire beyond a career in the cardboard box or envelope industry.

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  7. What planet do do come from Joan? You are kind of way off reality dear..... They are good at making money/ have thriving businesses etc. That means their level of education is more than good enough. Money doesn't grow on trees, so let's say they earn money by the skills and knowledge learned at school and after they leave Secondary school.
    Experience learning a particular trade whilst on site is a good thing - Fact.
    The PBCC are doing very nicely thank you and
    don't feel the urge to take duff advice from Uni Loonies. They are known to be skillful in business and run excellent schools.

    Another report shot down in flames.



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    1. There is more to life than making money. Indeed, the Bible is quite clear on this:

      1 Timothy 6:10 New International Version

      10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

      It's really sad that the Halesian Exclusive Brethren are so (demonstrably) in love with money. Schools should not only be about preparing children for the eventual workplace but also to develop their creativity, their curiosity, their intellect and their unique personalities. It's not about jamming them into a one-size-fits-all jelly mould of money making.

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  8. Anonymous 21.47 and 21.49
    Your patronising and condescending language which verges on sneering demonstrates a lack of respect, something which a decent education might have helped rectify.
    I was denied a university education because of James Taylor junior's nonsensical ban. Can you deny that the Exclusive Brethren are poorer to-day in terms of education and intellect than they were prior to 1960? Would they not benefit from doctors, solicitors and teachers such as Joan was?
    To borrow a saying the Exclusive Brethren to-day know the cost of everything and the value of nothing.

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  9. Won't it be a wonderful day when the scales fall from the eyes of the world's population and they all beome born-again Exclusive Brethren - all through Mr Hales' grace. Only thing is, make sure you don't get sick, or need a midwife; don't manufacture or build anything which needs engineering; don't want any education for your kids (no matter how basic); there simply won't be any people to do these things. Oh, but you'll be able to get new tyres put on your old car. Isn't there a flaw somewhere or am I missing the point?

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  10. But cheap. sell expensive will make money initially but when customers wise up and realise they are being ripped off with poor quality product, they soon move on. A cursory look at many of the PBCC owned Limited Companies reveals all is not as well as is claimed. Gifting 100% of company profit to PBCC charities, gaining 25% Gift Aid in the process might be a clever wheeze, but can only ever be achieved by the total obedience and allegiance of it's members to one greedy businessman's ideas. I don't think run of the mill shareholders would find it acceptable.

    It's just waiting for a 'Jimmy Carr' type media exposure and the general public will be enraged. In days of austerity, with nurses being denied 1% pay rises, this sort of scam which may not be illegal, is not morally acceptable.

    If it simply money they are after, why not send the fascinators out to every street corner, the oldest profession in the world is hardly likely to fail. When you've sold your soul, there is little left.

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    1. Well that shows what a lovely cheap human being YOU are! Are we a little bit jelous maybe??? I suggest you take your clever wheezes and go find yourself a job that doesn't involve stooping so low to street cornering while the rest of us crack on with our proper jobs and lives

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    2. Sorry to disappoint, but I'm 57 years of age and now retired with a portfolio of property bringing in marvellous rentals and spend half the year in our other home in the tropical sun. You crack on and I'll pour myself another glass of wine and enjoy God's creation.

      No pressure, no MOG, no area co-ordinators, no ABM meetings, no fire engine chasing and best of all no indoctrination meetings.

      Cheers

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    3. Anonymous21 October 2014 14:14 said Are we a little bit jelous maybe???

      Why would anyone be jealous?

      "Villa World is defending the case in the Federal Court of Australia and has launched a counter-claim against parties including a walling company linked to members of controversial religious sect, the Exclusive Brethren." http://www.news.com.au/finance/real-estate/residents-of-silverstone-apartments-at-tweed-heads-fight-legal-battle-with-developer-villa-world-over-faulty-building/story-fndbalka-1227094313285



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  11. I have come across the attitude of our pro-EB/PBCC contributors before. It is evident from what they write that they consider that, contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ, the only thing which matters is making money and getting rich. Helping others, participating in professions which do not traditionally make you rich such as teaching, nursing, real charity work, shop work and public transport or refuse collection and so on do not figure in their lifestyle, although it appears they are glad to benefit from them. Same regarding doctors, lawyers (although they like to sue), engineers and so on.

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  12. Paul sometimes wrote lists of desirable things, such as love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, fidelity, meekness, self-control. Or the Wisdom from above, which is pure, peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. None of his lists ever included money.

    Indeed, most of the desirable experiences in life and most of the desirable qualities in a human cannot be bought or exchanged for money. But many of these desirable qualities in a human can in fact be developed with the help of education. There are exceptions, but the conclusion from many studies and from my personal experience is that in general educated people tend to be wiser, kinder, healthier, more peaceable, happier, longer-lived, more law-abiding, more moral, more skilful, more able to help others, more willing to help others, more truthful, more tolerant, more respectful, more understanding and more compassionate. Compared with these things, making money is a relatively unimportant effect of education.

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  13. I find some of the comments quite offensive. It's really nice to see the PBCC doing well in business and family life and why not?

    We could learn a great deal from them and be
    more generous towards these extraordinary people. No matter how much l don't understand or grasp their mindset or practise, one has to have a deep respect for their quiet determination not to go with the tide or accept political correctness. Very refreshing!
    They are a most remarkable and well
    meaning people who should be valued in today's broken and spiritually impoverished society.

    Moreover, rarely have l seen such lovely people in my daily business dealings with them. Very kind, open and ethical is my impression. We have also had several large donations from the PBCC and this has enabled us to improve the quality client care and purchase new hospital equipment.
    My polite suggestion is to work with these people, not against them.

    Live and let live l say....

    Christian Doctor in the NHS

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    1. O dear Anon 12:11

      You obviously haven’t read this blog, or the UK Charity Commission report, or the vast amounts of other information on the PBCC EB, such as books and court reports.

      If you had you would know –

      The PBCC divide and break up families if a person leaves the group. This means that parents are divided from children and siblings are divided from each other. Uncles aunts and grandparents etc are divided from each other. Married couples are often divided from each other too, despite the fact the Bible says “let no man tear asunder”. There are generations of extended family divided by the PBCC EB.

      No NHS doctor I know would support any of that damaging harmful practice or agree to support such a psychologically, socially and family damaging group which has caused suicides & nervous breakdowns etc

      Every medical professional has to agree to sign up to a code of practice before working for the NHS and for the general public, this includes the principle of “First do no harm” !

      Yet here you are apparently supporting an organisation found by the UK Charity Commission in 2014 to have elements of “Detriment & Harm”

      I don’t for one minute believe you are who you say you are !

      However,
      I do expect PBCC EB to stoop to the devious method of impersonating and inventing supporters ! because that’s the level they are at.

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    2. To the above mr anonymous...

      "rarely have l seen such lovely people in my daily business dealings with them." - I would have to agree - rarely have we seen them either....and deal with these brethren on a daily basis.....certainly no ethics or morals abound in this workplace.....

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  14. I find some of the comments quite offensive. It's really nice to see the PBCC doing well in business and family life and why not?

    We could learn a great deal from them and be
    more generous towards these extraordinary people. No matter how much l don't understand or grasp their mindset or practise, one has to have a deep respect for their quiet determination not to go with the tide or accept political correctness. Very refreshing!
    They are a most remarkable and well
    meaning people who should be valued in today's broken and spiritually impoverished society.

    Moreover, rarely have l seen such lovely people in my daily business dealings with them. Very kind, open and ethical is my impression. We have also had several large donations from the PBCC and this has enabled us to improve the quality client care and purchase new hospital equipment.
    My polite suggestion is to work with these people, not against them.

    Live and let live l say....

    Christian Doctor in the NHS

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    1. Anonymous22 October 2014 12:22

      Yes most remarkable in today's broken and spiritually impoverished society. Perhaps if ISIS were willing to donate money to our hospitals .It would also help us to look past all the family lives that they have destroyed too.

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    2. O dear

      You obviously haven’t read this blog, or the UK Charity Commission report, or the vast amounts of other information on the PBCC EB, such as books and court reports.

      If you had you would know –

      The PBCC divide and break up families if a person leaves the group. This means that parents are divided from children and siblings are divided from each other. Uncles aunts and grandparents etc are divided from each other. Married couples are often divided from each other too, despite the fact the Bible says “let no man tear asunder”. There are generations of extended family divided by the PBCC EB.

      No NHS doctor I know would support any of that damaging harmful practice or agree to support such a psychologically, socially and family damaging group which has caused suicides & nervous breakdowns etc

      Every medical professional has to agree to sign up to a code of practice before working for the NHS and for the general public, this includes the principle of “First do no harm” !

      Yet here you are apparently supporting an organisation found by the UK Charity Commission in 2014 to have elements of “Detriment & Harm”

      I don’t for one minute believe you are who you say you are !

      However,
      I do expect PBCC EB to stoop to the devious method of impersonating and inventing supporters ! because that’s the level they are at.

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    3. Amazing how a busy NHS Doctor has just stumbled upon Laurie's blog and happens to know the PBCC are doing well in business. I was always led to believe that there was no link between the PBCC Church and business anyway, so I'm amazed to see that statement.

      They must think we're complete idiots!

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    4. Hello supposed Doctor. If you are going to pretend to be someone other than an EB sympathiser, at least have the sense to use different words and phraseology than the inward looking cult use. The above is so obviously written by the usual suspects it's painful to read!

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  15. PBCC .. What a Wonderful church!
    l like them because of the following reasons.

    Promote the traditional family
    Help the downtrodden of society
    Donate aid to the poor and needy
    Reject foolish and empty worldly ideas
    Have empathy and are fair
    Welcome all to their church
    Ethical employers and pay on time
    Community minded and share
    Defend Christianity and speak truth
    Look happy and have a kindly manner
    Refuse evil and choose good
    Honest and ethical in business
    Love and devotion to their country
    Pay more tax than they need to
    Positive and constructive approach
    Industrious and very creative
    Have strong families and low divorce rates
    Display a gentle and peaceful spirit
    Always ready to forgive and say sorry
    Have a good sense of humour
    Loyal and dependable
    Sweet and humble

    Keep up the good work PBCC.
    Follow Christ and stay the course.





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    1. What a total load of nonsense 22nd Oct 13:07

      Here’s just a few issues –

      Promote the traditional family
      - No they don’t, they divide families if a person tries to leave, with parents, children, grandparents, aunts, uncles divided from each other and often parents divided too. Nor will they eat or drink with any family members not in the group

      Help the downtrodden of society
      - No they don’t, I haven’t seen any help with Foodbanks, or Soup Kitchens, or Homeless, or

      Reject foolish and empty worldly ideas
      - You mean like worship, fellowship and communion with other Christians in other Churches, going to University, having TV and Radio, going to watch sport, engaging with other Churches and Christians in evangelism, allowing members to leave without withdrawing and cutting them off, allowing careers like doctors, nurses, fireman, lawyers, etc

      Have empathy and are fair
      - O you mean all the court cases and money spent trying to shut down websites exposing the damage and harm they create, or spent chasing custody of children, or spent breaking up families etc

      Welcome all to their church
      - No, they don’t

      Defend Christianity and speak truth
      - No they don’t, they separate from Christianity. They will not allow members to worship, fellowship or commune with the rest of the Body of Christ. If they do that, members will be withdrawn from and cut off. PBCC EB teach that all other Christians and Christian Churches are in error and iniquitous, not even fit to eat or drink with !

      Ethical employers and pay on time
      - No they are not, they are a few cases in recent years of unfair dismissal court cases and findings of malpractice in companies run by PBCC EB, including religious discrimination

      Love and devotion to their country
      - In what way !, since 1960, PBCC EB members are not allowed to join the armed forces, or be doctors, nurses, medical staff, fireman etc

      Have strong families and low divorce rates
      - No they don’t, families are held together by fear. They now that to leave will mean the family is broken up. There are generations of families divided in this way

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    2. Promote the traditional family Unless you choose to leave
      Help the downtrodden of society Food to those who don’t need it
      Donate aid to the poor and needy Is that how you see BHF?
      Reject foolish and empty worldly ideas Have enough already
      Have empathy and are fair Are selfish,obsessed with money
      Welcome all to their church All churches do this
      Ethical employers and pay on time Known for discrimination
      Community minded and share To pat themselves on the back
      Defend Christianity and speak truth Defend dodgy doctrine and lie
      Look happy and have a kindly manner No way!
      Refuse evil and choose good Deception and foul language
      Honest and ethical in business So they should be
      Love and devotion to their country But refuse to join the Services
      Pay more tax than they need to Ha ha ha ha ha
      Positive and constructive approach Show me one example!
      Industrious and very creative Agree hard working - love money
      Have strong families and low divorce rates Unless you choose to leave
      Display a gentle and peaceful spirit Argumentative and wont listen
      Always ready to forgive and say sorry Unless you’re withdrawn from
      Have a good sense of humour Not that I’ve experienced
      Loyal and dependable I’ve experienced the contrary
      Sweet and humble Ha ha ha ha ha

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  16. PBCC .. What a Wonderful church!
    l like them because of the following reasons.

    Promote the traditional family
    Help the downtrodden of society
    Donate aid to the poor and needy
    Reject foolish and empty worldly ideas
    Have empathy and are fair
    Welcome all to their church
    Ethical employers and pay on time
    Community minded and share
    Defend Christianity and speak truth
    Look happy and have a kindly manner
    Refuse evil and choose good
    Honest and ethical in business
    Love and devotion to their country
    Pay more tax than they need to
    Positive and constructive approach
    Industrious and very creative
    Have strong families and low divorce rates
    Display a gentle and peaceful spirit
    Always ready to forgive and say sorry
    Have a good sense of humour
    Loyal and dependable
    Sweet and humble

    Keep up the good work PBCC.
    Follow Christ and stay the course.





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    1. Follow the Fat Controller, you mean, and make him lots of money (only cash, please)

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  17. This is what the UK Charity Commission had to say about this wonderful organisation: "Having fully considered all of the available evidence albeit untested by cross examination, the Commission concluded, on balance, that there were elements of detriment and harm which emanated from doctrine and practices of the Brethren and which had a negative impact on the wider community as well as individuals. In particular the nature and impact of the Disciplinary Practices and the impact of the doctrines and practices on those who leave and on children within the PBCC may have consequences for society."

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  18. I find some of the comments quite offensive. It's really nice to see the PBCC doing well in business and family life and why not?

    We could learn a great deal from them and be
    more generous towards these extraordinary people. No matter how much l don't understand or grasp their mindset or practise, one has to have a deep respect for their quiet determination not to go with the tide or accept political correctness. Very refreshing!
    They are a most remarkable and well
    meaning people who should be valued in today's broken and spiritually impoverished society.

    Moreover, rarely have l seen such lovely people in my daily business dealings with them. Very kind, open and ethical is my impression. We have also had several large donations from the PBCC and this has enabled us to improve the quality client care and purchase new hospital equipment.
    My polite suggestion is to work with these people, not against them.

    Live and let live l say....

    Christian Prime Minister/President/Dictator in the great wide world

    (Dictated by Leonardo's Granny and typed by an obliging sister)

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  19. The attempts by the PB Con Club Ltd (a members only, business, social and drinking club) to issue propaganda by impersonation, fake comments, lies and deceit would have made Joseph Goebbels quite envious.

    Not a very ethical background from which to apply for government money to fund cult schools; these "Dotheboys" establishments should not even be benefiting from charitable status because of the way in which their financial set-up is manipulated.

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  20. Rrrring rrrring!

    “Good afternoon. OneFocus Schools!”

    “Hello, I’m enquiring about enrolments”

    “Certainly madam. How can I help?”

    My husband’s a drug addict and my son is showing homosexual tendencies. We want to place him in a nice caring Christian school where he’ll be treated without discrimination. In fact we’ll probably send our daughter over too; it’ll take her mind off planning her next tattoos”

    “Hmmm …. Well, our schools are pretty popular and often hard to get into. What area are you in?”

    “Walztingham on the Craze”

    “Oh very popular area I’m afraid – what grades are the children?”

    “Grades 7 and 5.”

    “Oh I was afraid you were going to say that – booked out for years with long waiting lists I’m afraid. Sorry we are unable to help. Good day!”

    Turns to colleague: “Bloody worldlies – trying to infiltrate us everywhere. Now where’s that Scotch?”

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  21. Whilst it may not affect ex EB too much, the education authorities should be made aware of what the EB really are
    The EB can apply and say they accept non members and accommodate them

    In practice no non members will attend long term and so it's back to business as usual but with full pockets
    1) Some will look into it, and as they go deeper will be put off
    2) Some will actually start, but the poor kids will feel so out of it, by not being in the social club, they will be so unhappy and leave. No matter how nice the facilities and people are, you need friends and their houses to go back to. They need a sense of belonging and similar interests to talk freely about

    I've proven 1) by finding several people seriously interested in attending their meetings, but as more of their way of life was disclosed, persons suddenly cringed and said 'I don't want anything to do with them'.
    Mike

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  22. I saw a news item the other day - cannot remember which - I think N. Ireland that a free Christian school is liable to have public funding removed because of their refusal to allow a Muslim Imam to speak at their school assembly.

    That might give the Hales EB something to think about!

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  23. Maybe we exes should all kindly offer to speak at their school assemblies?

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