Comments: How is the Christian Legal Centre funded?

If the experience of the US is any indication, this does not bode well for continued civility and reason in British politics for the future.

Posted by Pat O'Neill at Tuesday, 3 May 2011 at 3:19pm BST

Some wonderful Christian initiatives. You 've got to hand it to the Evangelicals, they get stuff done.


Posted by Laurence Roberts at Tuesday, 3 May 2011 at 4:21pm BST

Your post concludes "sarcasm/Off" I take it, Laurence?

Any provenance that includes the phrase "funded by prominent benefactors including Erik Prince, founder of the Blackwater private security giant" says that *someone* is being served---but it's not the Prince of Peace.

Posted by JCF at Tuesday, 3 May 2011 at 6:56pm BST

This confirms clues which some of us uncovered back in 1998 when the Christian Institute and their legal advisor Paul Diamond launched their unsuccesful campaign for religious exemptions from the Human Rights Act. They have steadily maintained their stance by attacking successive pieces of equality legislation on similar grounds. It might we worth investigating the likes of the Thomas More Legal Centre run by Neil Addison and Richard Kornicki, inspired by an American Catholic legal center with a similar name.

Posted by martin at Tuesday, 3 May 2011 at 7:23pm BST

Laurence, they get stuff done all right.
Like having pharmacist's (chemist's, I believe in England) assistants legally refusing to dispense properly and legally prescribed birth control pills or devices to women, because it's the Christian thing to do to use your position to impose your particular Christian doctrine on your female neighbor.
Or, scaring the populace into believing that if the State starts granting civil marriages to same-sex couples, the police and the FBI will smash down the doors of churches that don't grant religious same-sex marriages, because it's the Christian thing to do to malign, impugn, and lie about your GLBT neighbor.
I don't recall any teaching of Jesus about having the State not discriminate against you, but go ahead and use the State to discriminate against others.
God help England!

Posted by peterpi - Peter Gross at Tuesday, 3 May 2011 at 7:41pm BST

I have been tracking their cases for my current research. Going by this + the Observer story they have achieved 0 wins, 1 settlement (the palm cross in the van case), and many, many defeats, with the courts getting more and more exasperated as they hear for the second, third, nth... timearguments that have alrady been rejected in higher courts.

Cui bono? Not the Christian Legal Centre's clients'.

Posted by iain mclean at Tuesday, 3 May 2011 at 7:46pm BST

Just further evidence of how right-wing fundamentalist 'christian' organisations manage to further their interests - mostly in foreign countries, from the U.S.A. The GAFCON Movement has been the beneficiary of such largesse in the past and will no doubt continue its campaign through the 'generosity' of these fund-managers in the U.S.

Blessed Francis of Assisi called money 'ordure', and it is the very character of this smelly substance that promotes the current opposition to evolution in the Church's openness to the world.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Tuesday, 3 May 2011 at 11:55pm BST

Rather ironic that you feel money prevents "openness to the world". Our society is obsessed with money. Blessed Francis of Assisi would have harsh things to say about a world where the majority live in abject poverty. Rather than pointing the finger at others, perhaps those of us who live comfortable, liberal lives should recognise out own complicity in this.

Posted by William at Thursday, 5 May 2011 at 7:39am BST

"Rather than pointing the finger at others, perhaps those of us who live comfortable, liberal lives should recognise out own complicity in this."

Who's pointing now?

What makes you think liberal = comfortable life? Are you simply repeating the old trope that all liberals are rich and idle?

Do, please, let us know how poor we have to be before we can issue any opinion on the world.

Posted by MarkBrunson at Thursday, 5 May 2011 at 9:53am BST
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