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    Quote Originally Posted by T00ts View Post
    Presumably an academic learning of the different religions and their beliefs to allow comparison in order to understand the differences has a place in education. How else would people appreciate and integrate with others? If you start to ban it in this instance how long before it is considered irrelevant in society and it is banned altogether?
    As I understand it, the OP is not suggesting a ban on religion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patman Post View Post
    Not ban, but restrict their activities and downgrade them from their tax-exempt charitable status.

    All formalised religions come to my mind. But there are some that are more notable, like Scientology, the weird Sci-Fi money-making and power-seeking cult that attracts and brainwashes adherents and actually causes harm and distress. Then there are the individual and institutional actions of the Catholic church and its attempts to cover up such activities as support and comfort for terrorists, and child and sexual abuse. Now we have Islam, in all its forms, still being promoted by non-believers (for their own reasons) as the religion of peace. But it appears that most of its various traditions believe in violence (to each other as well as the rest of us), and are readily activated.

    My view would be to repeal the tax-exempt charitable status of all religious activities unless they are directly connected to accepted charitable efforts — ie, care, non-religious education, welfare, etc. Churches, Mosques, Temples, etc, should only be exempt from taxation and charges for the proportion of their premises that are used for charitable activities.

    Lastly, I would disestablish the CofE and remove all clerics (including those appointed from other religions for the sake of balance) from our legislature...
    that would remove the rights of the religions from having laws that consider there “freedom of religion” and as it is equally a “free speech” issue the it would go against the right to have a representative within government at every level including MP,s or any other office within government..


    We have at the moment a system that represents every part of society why would you want to restrict It? Does that not restrict the freedom to think,
    It,s already well defined what a charity is or is not, the Government already regulates it.
    Its not a good thing to over regulate them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fubar View Post
    that would remove the rights of the religions from having laws that consider there “freedom of religion” and as it is equally a “free speech” issue the it would go against the right to have a representative within government at every level including MP,s or any other office within government..


    We have at the moment a system that represents every part of society why would you want to restrict It? Does that not restrict the freedom to think,
    It,s already well defined what a charity is or is not, the Government already regulates it.
    Its not a good thing to over regulate them.
    No rights removed. Just the subsidies that charity status brings. Public schools are being scrutinised to see if they deserve to be classified as charities, so why not churches...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patman Post View Post
    No rights removed. Just the subsidies that charity status brings. Public schools are being scrutinised to see if they deserve to be classified as charities, so why not churches...?
    well to do that you would have to remove all charites as they would as would I open another charity to fund the church.But by and large it would serve no function other than to divide religion even further and draw more people to church..lets not forget that the church is in decline so it would be pointless really Here,s a thought how about looking into charities that are directly being fund with Goverment monies..

    The figures are astonishing. There are more than 195,289 registered charities in the UK that raise and spend close to £80 billion a year. Together, they employ more than a million staff – more than our car, aerospace and chemical sectors – and make 13 billion ‘asks’ for money every year, the equivalent of 200 for each of us in the UK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patman Post View Post
    ..............My view would be to repeal the tax-exempt charitable status of all religious activities unless they are directly connected to accepted charitable efforts — ie, care, non-religious education, welfare, etc. Churches, Mosques, Temples, etc, should only be exempt from taxation and charges for the proportion of their premises that are used for charitable activities...........
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    Quote Originally Posted by RaymondDelauney View Post
    "Unregistered" schools are hardly new
    They probably are not.

    In my primary school days every kid in the street was "looked after" between the hours of school closing and mums returning home from work by a motley crew of "aunties" "grandmas" and the like who rotated responsibilities according to work schedules with those in part time jobs taking their turn on the rota and those in full time work bunging cash under the radar to say thank you. It was probably Blair who "professionalised" this and made it the multi-million pound business it has become, with lovely rakeoffs for the state demanding those who mind children do so as a business ....
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnofgwent View Post
    It was probably Blair who "professionalised" this and made it the multi-million pound business it has become, with lovely rakeoffs for the state demanding those who mind children do so as a business ....
    Depending on how accurate your rose-tinted memories may be, I rather imagine that the major part of the drive to professionalise such ad-hoc childcare has been to address the inherent and obvious Safeguarding Issues.

    As we're just about to hit the Festive Season I'm reminded of a story from a few years ago: An old boy who'd been employed as a department store Santa was told his services were no longer required. He made the front page of at least one local paper and local radio, "heartbroken" that "P.C Bosses" had deemed him "too old" to perform his functions anymore. To read his account it was as though a combination of Ebenezer Scrooge and Hitler had pushed dog poo through his letterbox.

    The store involved, of course, got their P.R Team onto the case immediately to put the record straight and kill the story before it went national (a story like that? Editors dream of such a case. It's such a Newsroom gift I'd have been amazed for it not to be headlining Japanese TV by the end of the week and have Members in the House calling for the immediate resignation of the Shop Manager...).

    The facts of the matter were that - months earlier - the gentleman had been asked to have a CRB check (which the store would, naturally, pay for). For whatever reason, he'd declined to do so and had consequently not been re-engaged.

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    When I referred to unregistered schools I meant the operations that take pupils out of recognised education and lose them from the registers to put them full time into places that teach only religion and scripture:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...-a7819731.html
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-36302054
    http://www.secularism.org.uk/news/20...stered-schools

    After hours care assumes the children have been in regular education during the day...
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