Exclusive Brethren Archive

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Brethren schools to get $70m in funding

The Rudd Government is handing more than $70 million to schools run by the Exclusive Brethren, a religious sect Kevin Rudd described as an “extremist cult” that breaks up families.

The sect’s schools have secured more than $8.4m under the Government’s school building stimulus package and they will share in $62m in recurrent taxpayer funding.

Exclusive Brethren
Many of the Exclusive Brethren movement’s teachings and practices are abusive to such an extent that this movement can rightly be labeled as an abusive church, and possibly even as a cult of Christianity. The movement certainly does not represent or demonstrate Biblical Christianity.
While the group’s members were long not allowed to vote, the cult engaged in political smear campaigns and made financial donations to various politicians and political parties.

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Documents show a Brethren-run school at Swan Hill in northern Victoria was granted $1.2m for a library and $800,000 for a hall when its most recent annual report shows it had just 16 pupils and already had a library.

Grants data released by the commonwealth shows that Brethren schools in every state received funding under the $12.4 billion schools stimulus package.
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Australian Education Union federal president Angelo Gavrielatos said these sums were outrageous and the funding system had to be urgently replaced.

“How can the Government justify handing tens of millions of dollars to an organisation it believes is a cult while public schools which educate the vast majority of our children are struggling for funds?” Mr Gavrielatos said.
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– Source / Full Story: Brethren schools to get $70m in funding , The Australian, via The Herald Sun, Jan. 11, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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Research resources on the Exclusive Brethren
Exclusive Brethren news tracker and news archive
What is a cult of Christianity?
Behind the Exclusive Brethren

Based on more than two years of research, this comprehensive study uncovers the lesser-known facts behind one of history’s most enigmatic and influential Christian sects.

Documenting their emergence onto the Australian political stage in 2004, this investigation shows how the Exclusive Brethren made their presence known through enormous contributions to conservative campaigns, assiduously lobbying politicians and maintaining a close relationship with the prime minister—all without casting a vote themselves.

This examination delves deeper into the group’s past, revealing the Brethren’s 19th-century origins in the United Kingdom, their fractious history, their extraordinary use of scripture to control members and dissidents, and their lucrative business and financial arrangements.

Numerous questions are explored, such as What exactly was their interest in politics? Why did their activism suddenly blossom almost simultaneously across the world? and How did a group whose values are detached from those of most Australians infiltrate the highest office in the land?

A fascinating tale of power exercised across several continents, this is also a moving story of damaged lives, broken families, and anger that stretches back decades.

Religious sect apologises to transgender, intersex people

Exclusive Brethren apologise for election ads

Two Tasmanian members of the reclusive religious sect, the Exclusive Brethren, have publicly apologised for ads published in the lead- up to the last state election.

The ads – entitled A Genuine Concern – attacked the policies of the Tasmanian Greens regarding transgender and intersex issues, and will be the subject of an Anti- Discrimination Tribunal hearing in Hobart next week.

And while the hearing is still expected to take place next week, two members of the Brethren involved in publishing the ads – Roger Unwin and Graham Lewis – have today published an advertisement in Tasmania’s three newspapers apologising for any offence caused by the ads.
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– Source / Full Story: Exclusive Brethren apologise for election ads, Peter Wels, The Examiner, Australia, Aug. 19, 2008 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

The apology, published today in Tasmania’s three daily newspapers, followed a conciliation suggested by the state’s anti-discrimination tribunal following a complaint by Martine Delaney.

Exclusive Brethren members were involved in the publication of a 2006 state election advertisement attacking transgender and intersex people.

Ms Delaney said the ads stated that Greens support for transgender and intersex people would “ruin families and society” and she complained.
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The apology was issued by Exclusive Brethren members, Roger Unwin and Graham Lewis, and a shell company set up to pay for the ads, TradTas.
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– Source / Full Story: Religious sect apologises to transgender, intersex people, Paul Carter, The Australian, Aug. 19, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

A Tasmanian transgender activist has won an apology from Exclusive Brethren members after the 2006 publication of state election advertisements attacking transgender and intersex people.

The apology will appear in three Tasmanian newspapers tomorrow, The Examiner, The Advocate and The Mercury and is the result of a settlement of an anti-discrimination case, running for three years.

Martine Delaney took members of the Exclusive Brethren religious group to the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Tribunal in 2006 over and a series of advertisements she says caused hurt and offence to the community.
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– Source / Full Story: Exclusive Bretheren told to apologise, Andie Noonan, Sydney Star Observer, Aug. 18, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog