MPs have backed a bid by Conservative MP Peter Bone (pictured) to amend the Charities Act to restore the presumption that all religious groups are for the public benefit and therefore can be charities.
Mr Bone’s Ten Minute Rule bill is aimed at protecting religious groups like the Preston Down Trust, a member of the Plymouth Brethren, who recently had its charitable status removed by the Charity Commission after it decided that the exclusivity with which the Church conducts many of its activities, did not provide sufficient benefits to the wider public.
Writing on the Conservative Home website, Peter Bone, an active member of the Church of England, said: “This is another sign of a growing secular movement against religious groups in this country and another example of the state interfering with the church. ”
Introducing his bill to Parliament, he said: “What is happening is creeping secularism in society. With just a few days before we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, and in recognition of religious freedom, I urge right hon. and hon. Members to support my ten-minute rule Bill.”
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