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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Interesting letters to The Times Editor today

Exclusive Brethren

Members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church seek to do good towards all and are valued members of their local communities

Sir, As a member of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, I do not consider my life to be “highly restricted and tightly controlled” (reports, Mar 17). The “restricted” internet access to which you refer is akin to filters installed by a large proportion of the population and are used for protection from corrupt images and content. I am sure I am not alone in wanting my children protected from material of this kind. 

In your reference to “tax breaks” you overlook the fact that gift aid can only be reclaimed when the donor has paid at least an equal amount in tax. 

It is a pity that your reporting has ignored the fact that we seek to “do good towards all” (Galatians vi, 10) which is so clearly illustrated on our website (theplymouthbrethren.org).

Adrian Diffey

Coombe Bissett, Wilts

Sir, Christians showing zeal for their faith have at various times over the centuries been attacked. Your reports sadly continue this. People who have left an institution will of course attack it later to prove to their own comfort that they have made the right move. 

If our lives are “cut off from society”, how is it we employ many non-Brethren and have nearly 100 per cent non-Brethren customers? Brethren also pay their taxes impeccably. 

I feel you have attacked a group of people who by living simple, upright lives are in a tiny way supporting the good of British society. 

William Hathorn

Maidstone, Kent

Sir, It seems to me (I am a Christian but not a member of the Brethren) that every opportunity is taken to malign the Exclusive Brethren without a word said in their defence. Although their way of life may be somewhat different from that of most people, in my opinion and that of many in Cornwall who have benefited from their contribution to the local economy, they are hardworking and valuable members of the community.

Susan May

St Austell, Cornwall


5 comments:

  1. Quote:

    People who have left an institution will of course attack it later to prove to their own comfort that they have made the right move.

    What does this tell us?

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  2. Nothing. But maybe if we abuse a woman or child we will feel better about ourselves. What do you think?

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  3. Mr Hathorn
    Within the past year the Equality Commission found an Exclusive Brethren employer guilty of treating a non-EB employee unfavourably compared to other employees who were members of your sect.
    Does that come within your definition of living "simple upright lives and in a tiny way supporting the good of British society" or does it tell us that the EB think they are better and more worthy than those outside?

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  4. The quote...

    "People who have left an institution will of course attack it later to prove to their own comfort that they have made the right move."

    ...could also read,

    "People who are trapped in an institution will of course defend it to prove to their own comfort that they have made the right choice to stay in it."

    Eddie

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  5. Exactly! Fancy having to admit the mistake of a lifetime!

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