Judgment has been entered in High Court claim no. BL-2017-000101 against the Defendant Laurence Roy Moffitt (a.k.a. Laurie Moffitt) for copyright infringement, misuse of private information and breach of confidence in respect of the address books containing the names and addresses of the members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church. Permanent injunctions have been granted. Mr Moffitt has been ordered to pay damages and to pay the Claimants’ legal costs on the indemnity basis.
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).
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.
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.