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Thursday, 4 March 2010

Praise the Lord, and pass the dosh

I was talking about loonies earlier. I just had to share this with you.

It’s the same lot – let out of the secure psychiatric unit at their local hospital for a bit of community activity – and they’ve produced this wonderful appeal for funds to help them to continue their lunatic activities. Christian Concern for Our Nation, whose efforts our last post praised so sincerely, and the Christian Legal Centre are linked. I need to explain that before we go further.

Right, with that out of the way . . .

Now don’t get me wrong. Some of the work they do may well be OK – but, then, maybe Hitler picked up the odd cigarette butt and popped it into a waste bin, or made Eva a nice cup of tea – but, generally, these people seem to have sex on the mind. They’ve really got it in for gays, and one has to ask whether they protest too much.

Anyway, back to the appeal. Hands to the chequebook now, get that plastic working, get to your PayPal account and instruct it to send funds immediately, or these poor souls may just find themselves neglected by God.

Here it is, beginning with a jolly little quotation:

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Eph 6.12

These words are a reminder to us that we are in a spiritual battle. And at the Christian Legal Centre we often feel that we are right at the front line of the fighting. We are only able to continue because of the support of people like you who are upholding us with your prayers.

Praise God that in the past few weeks we have seen some great victories in and out of the courts

I want to share with you the encouragements that we have had since the beginning of the year. We have seen victories for Churches oppressed by local Councils, a teacher offered her job back, a strip club refused a licence and an amazing victory in the House of Lords. These are great examples of how God has honoured our work and helped to push back the secularisation of our nation. [My emphasis, to show how they praise His Nibs when things go their way, but don’t criticise him when they don’t.]

I also want to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to you for your part in this. Together with many hundreds and thousands of other Christians and concerned people, the Christian Legal Centre together with Christian Concern for our Nation have been equipped to take on these cases.

However, as ever, in order for us to operate we do need ongoing financial support to pay for our legal costs, our administration, to pay for basic operating costs such as stationery, electricity and rent – without which we would not be able to function. Our legal team work on an extremely small cost base and many people within the profession do not know how it is possible for the Christian Legal Centre to operate and to fight the cases we fight on such a small operating budget.

But we only ever have 2 or 3 months’ [sic] of operating budget at any one time[,] which makes planning ahead very difficult. We have to rely on the generous donations of our supporters literally month by month. For this reason, I am writing to ask if you would consider setting up a Standing Order to the Christian Legal Centre to enable us to plan ahead and to help to pay towards the cost of fighting more of these cases in the coming year.

Please review the cases that I have included below [it lists several and gives a short review of each] and consider how much, with the help of supporters like you, has been achieved on such small budgets and how much more we could achieve if we could plan ahead. We would be able to make more of an impact on the Courts and in Parliament. We would be able to campaign for many of the issues that we are fighting for in Court and to push back the secularisation of the UK. With a monthly donation we will be able to achieve all this and more. If you already give a monthly gift could you please consider making an additional one-off donation?

Thank you for whatever you are able to give. If you do not already give regularly please print and send in the Standing Order form online, visit . . .

And then it gives you details of how to do it. I haven’t given those details, because, sure as hell, some smart-arse born-again will read this, and then leave a snide comment saying thanks for those details; I’ll now go and give them some of my money.

Well up yours!

The cases they list as having “won” include how a church continued to be allowed to make an unholy noise (using amplification equipment, if I remember aright) after an out-of-court settlement with its local council, which had served a noise-abatement notice; how there was “victory” in the House of Lords when it allowed exemptions in employment law just so that religious employers could discriminate against gays; and how a nightclub was refused a strip-club licence.

I do hope you enjoyed that little exploration of how these good Christian folk think they’re saving the world by fighting against equality and hating gays. Tune in tomorrow at the same time, when we’ll be telling you how to exhume Pol Pot and how to send death threats disguised as Facebook “be my friend” invitations.

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