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Old 12-12-2006, 06:47 PM
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The ORANGE Order is also, like The Exclusive Brethren, one of the "strands" of the Protestant family.

Now among the report on SBS's DATELINE, I can't find on-line anymore, is that they have already had 30 Exclusive Brethren businesses, exempt, made, "No Go Zones" for Unions in Australia, and that they can and do track every cent their members make, inorder to know how much "tithes" to take from them.

This is very much of how the NWO/One World Religion will function.

Politics, Pamphlets and Prayers
But, it's less well known that Exclusive Brethren's world leader is an Australian, and that the sect has been operating here in recent federal elections.
Source: Dateline - Wed, 15 Nov 2006
http://news.sbs.com.au/sales/
Earlier this year John Howard acknowledged that he'd met with members of the Exclusive Brethren, an ultra-conservative Christian group described by some observers as "a moralistic sect". The group which bars their members from voting in elections, the results of which they say are ordained by God - have been accused of campaigning against the likes of the Greens and the Labour Party both here and in New Zealand. They've also been connected with a campaign for John Howard's re-election in Bennelong, his Sydney electorate. "We don't run a police state in this country," the PM has said. "Unless people are an unlawful organisation, they are entitled to meet with the Government. I've met a lot more fanatical people in my life than the Exclusive Brethren," he added. Well, you make up your own mind. Here's Chris Hammer.

Cult politics: a glimpse inside Exclusive Brethren
http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2005/s1461155.htm

The World Today - Thursday, 15 September , 2005 12:26:00
Reporter: Toni Hassan
ELEANOR HALL: As New Zealand's election draws closer, an extreme religious group has been grabbing the headlines. Exclusive Brethren has produced glossy leaflets attacking the Greens and Labor across the Tasman.

But, it's less well known that Exclusive Brethren's world leader is an Australian, and that the sect has been operating here in recent federal elections.

So what is Exclusive Brethren, and what are the implications of intervention in national politics?

Toni Hassan has this report.

TONI HASSAN: It's a religious group like no other.

JOHN WALLIS: I think it used to be a fringe, but now I think it's developed in to a very dangerous cult.

TONI HASSAN: John Wallis from just outside Perth is a former member of Exclusive Brethren who was expelled, he says, for exposing corruption inside the group.

JOHN WALLIS: A group of people that operate in a hierarchical system where the members sell their minds to the hierarchy.

TONI HASSAN: The head of the hierarchy is known as the elect vessel or universal leader. The current leader is an Australian, Bruce Hales - a businessman who inherited the top job from his father, John Hales, after convincing membership of his leadership ability.

The Exclusive Brethren is one of the strands of the Protestant family that developed a separate identity in the early 19th century. It's not the same as the Brethren or Open Brethren, though both groups share a common heritage, coming from John Darby and the Christian Plymouth Brethren.

Members of Exclusive Brethren shun mainstream society and modern technology as evil. The list of bans have included everything from preventing women from cutting their hair, to banning pets.

Former member John Wallis believes there are 40,000 members scattered throughout the developed world, with around 8,000 members here in Australia.

JOHN WALLIS: We are God's chosen, we are the ones… perhaps even more fundamental, that there is no others, but that's a bit of double talk, because they would never admit to that, but the fact of the matter is that we can only associate, eat, do business with any more than a third party.

I mean, you can actually deal with the world, but you can actually be in business with anyone else except the Brethren.

TONI HASSAN: And they're forbidden even to vote?

JOHN WALLIS: Yeah, but what sort of hypocrisy is what's been going on in New Zealand?

TONI HASSAN: Yes, how do you explain their involvement there with a pretty glossy campaign targeted at the Greens and the Labor Party?

JOHN WALLIS: Oh, easily. The Lord has moved on. That would be their way of explaining it, yes, the Lord moves. I think the basic problem is, their God is crazy. In fact, he's insane. In fact, you never know what he's going to do next. This is really the mortar that keeps the bricks together.

TONI HASSAN: But is it not biblically based?

JOHN WALLIS: Absolutely not.

TONI HASSAN: And how would you speculate they were able to raise the half a million that's gone in just for the New Zealand campaign?

JOHN WALLIS: Oh, easily. Mr Hales would just tell them what to do and they'd do it. They've got a bit of a mix there, but most of them are men that could put their hand in their pocket probably for half a million dollars each.

TONI HASSAN: Greens Senator Bob Brown this week questioned the role played by Exclusive Brethren in Australia, asking Special Minister for State, Eric Abetz, about the sect's funding pamphlets backing Prime Minister John Howard last year.

Senator Brown says voters deserve to know the link-ups by which huge amounts of money from the Exclusive Brethren is being channelled into politics.

John Wallis is in no doubt the group is playing an increasingly pro-active role in local politics.

JOHN WALLIS: Oh, absolutely, yeah.

I've only just become aware of it more recently, but back as far as 1993, they had their finger in politics then distributing… I thought it was only one area, where there was a bit of an uncertain seat, where they distributed pamphlets, but they apparently distributed pamphlets in '93 all through New South Wales supporting for Liberal.

TONI HASSAN: I guess it's not illegal for any one group to spend thousands of dollars on an election campaign, targeting anyone with leaflets?

JOHN WALLIS: No, I wouldn't see it as illegal, but why can't these people be… I mean, I know why they can't be straightforward, but why can't they be straightforward and just say, hey, we're the Exclusive Brethren, we're not going to vote, but we want to influence the voting.

TONI HASSAN: Marion Maddox is a senior lecturer in religious studies at Victoria University in Wellington. She says Exclusive Brethren's intrusion into politics reflects a wider trend among Evangelical and Pentecostal churches.

MARION MADDOX: Towards a movement for what they call Christian Government. It's the idea that it's no longer enough just to watch from the sidelines, but that there's really a role for Christians in trying to get governments that reflect what they see as Christian values, which of course they're not necessarily what all Christians see as Christian values - reducing taxation, reducing welfare, increasing defence spending and then with the kind of socially, morally conservative positions also.

TONI HASSAN: The World Today did try and speak to Exclusive Brethren's leader, Sydney-based Bruce Hales, but was unsuccessful. Family members instead referred us to books and a website about the group.

ELEANOR HALL: Toni Hassan reporting.


From SourceWatch
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Exclusive_Brethren

The Exclusive Brethren is a conservative fundamentalist Christian group who desired to remain spiritually separate from the world surrounding them, and also from the divisions and confusion they perceived in Christendom.

The EB never used the name "Exclusive" for themselves, but it derived from their strict interpretation of the rules of membership of their "assemblies". EB believe that once one of their branches has excluded a person from Christian fellowship, that person remains excluded from all other branches. [1]
Contents

* 1 The Exclusive Brethren in Politics
o 1.1 The 2004 US Presidential campaign
o 1.2 The 2005 New Zealand election
o 1.3 The 2006 Tasmanian election
* 2 External links
o 2.1 Profiles
o 2.2 Websites
o 2.3 Articles & Commentary


The Exclusive Brethren in Politics

While members of the EB do not vote, even in countries where voting is compulsory, in recent years they have played an increasingly active role in campaigning for conservative political candidates and parties.

The 2004 US Presidential campaign

In 2004 the EBs held prayer meetings and donated money for the Presidential re-election campaign of George W. Bush and U.S. Senate candidate Mel Martinez.

In October 2004, the Thanksgiving Committee was formed "four days after the deadline for reporting pre-election campaign expenditures," the St. Petersburg Times reported. [2] It also reported that the men who formed the group were members of the Exclusive Brethren. OpenSecrets reported that the committee raised and spent $636,522 in the 2004 campaign. [3]

The largest single donor, who contributed $377,262, was from Bruce Hazell of London, England. The committee took out a full page advertisement in the New York Times and a smaller one in the Tampa Tribune backing Bush "and a quarter-page ad in the St. Petersburg Times endorsing Republican Mel Martinez for U.S. Senate because of his support for traditional marriage." [4]

The contact listed for the group, Steve Truan, told the St. Petersburg Times that the group likes to "fly beneath the radar." He refused to discuss the advertisements.

The 2005 New Zealand election

In the 2005 New Zealand General Election, some individual members of the EB became involved in producing and distributing pamphlets attacking New Zealand Labour Party and the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand and supporting the rival conservative New Zealand National Party, whose leader, Don Brash, they had met several times. [5] [6] [7]

The 2006 Tasmanian election

Members of the EB placed advertisements and distributed leaflets attacking the Tasmanian Greens in the 2006 Tasmanian state election. [8]

Opposition Liberal Party state director Damien Mantach has confirmed he met members of the Exclusive Brethren before the election campaign. [9] The Liberals distributed similar brochures of their own.

External links

Profiles

* "Exclusive Brethren", Wikipedia. (This article has extensive background on the historical origins of the EB).
* BBC Religion & Ethics - The Exclusive Brethren.
* My Brethren - History and Ministry of 'Exclusive Brethren' (so-called) Premier resource for their origin, progress and testimony 1827-1959 on -- with biographies, doctrine, studies, memorabilia, poetry, answers to inquiries and extensive correspondence with guests.

Websites

* TheExclusiveBrethren.com website.
* MyBrethren.com website.

Articles & Commentary

* Lucy Morgan, "Veiled sect hails Bush, Martinez", St. Petersburg Times, January 18, 2005.
* Jeanette Fitzsimons (Green Party Co-Leader), "Dirty tricks campaign: point-by-point rebuttal", Media Release, September 3, 2005.
* Ainsley Thomson, "Parties say pamphlets a smear campaign", New Zealand Herald, September 5, 2005.
* "Clark blames National for 'smear' leaflets", New Zealand Herald, September 5, 2005.
* Derek Cheng, "Labour accuses National of masterminding smear flyers", New Zealand Herald, September 6, 2005.
* Errol Kiong, "Sect members behind political pamphlets", New Zealand Herald, September 7, 2005.
* Ainsley Thomson, Stuart Dye and Audrey Young, "The secret seven behind anti-Government offensive", New Zealand Herald, September 8, 2005.
* Janna Hamilton, "The Exclusive Brethren", New Zealand Herald, September 8, 2005.
* Noelle McCarthy and Don Brash, "Don Brash speaks about the Exclusive Brethren pamphlet campaign live on Bfm Breakfast", 95Bfm.com, September 8, 2005. (This is a 1.5MB MP3 file).
* "Brash knew about Exclusive Brethren pamphlets", New Zealand Herald, September 8, 2005.
* Grant Fleming, "Brash apologises for Exclusive Brethren confusion", New Zealand Herald, September 9, 2005.
* Paola Totaro, "Church group weighs in to NZ election", Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), September 9, 2005.
* Audrey Young, "Brethren distributes two more pamphlets", New Zealand Herald, September 9, 2005.
* Kevin List, "Peter Dunne's Relationship With The Exclusive Brethren", Scoop (New Zealand), September 9, 2005.
* Jonathan Milne and Patrick Crewdson, "National rides rollercoaster polls", New Zealand Herald, September 9, 2005.
* Geoff Cumming and Errol Kiong, "Brethren deny a hidden agenda", New Zealand Herald, September 10, 2005.
* Kevin Taylor, "Brash's bad week comes at the worst possible time", New Zealand Herald, September 10, 2005.
* Tony List, "Exclusive Brethren Lobby MP's On Unions", Scoop (New Zealand), September 11, 2005.
* "The power behind the Brethren", Sunday Star Times (New Zealand), September 12, 2005.
* Derek Cheng, "Exclusive Brethren trot out new leaflets", New Zealand Herald, September 13, 2005.
* "Aussies 'meddling in NZ campaign'", Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), September 13, 2005.
* Marion Maddox, "Step to the right as the brethren gather force", Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), September 14, 2005.
* Linda Doherty, "Brethren linked to Howard campaign", Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), September 16, 2005.
* Toni Hassan, "Cult politics: a glimpse inside Exclusive Brethren", The World Today / ABC Radio National (Australia), September 15, 2005.
* Amanda Cameron, "Brethren won't be breaking out bubbly", New Zealand Herald, September 18, 2005.
* Michelle Paine, "Church group challenged over 'negative' ads", The Mercury (Australia), March 16, 2006.
* Natasha Cica, "Voters set to return Lennon", The Age (Australia), March 17, 2006.
* Michelle Paine, "Greens' Putt blasts 'grubbiest campaign'", The Mercury (Australia), March 19, 2006.
* Sue Neales, "Sect pair show hand", The Mercury (Australia), March 23, 2006.
* Matthew Denholm and Padraic Murphy, "Brethren and the bearpit: A secretive sect denies conducting a smear campaign against the Greens at Tasmania's poll", The Australian, March 27, 2006.
* Wendy Carlisle, "Elusive Exclusive Brethren", ABC Radio National (Australia), April 30, 2006 (transcript).
* "Brown pushes for Exclusive Brethren probe," ABC News (Australia), June 7, 2006.
* Laura Anderson, "Brown will be damned: Brethren," The Mercury (Australia), June 7, 2006.
* "Probe bid on Brethren slammed as vindictive," The Mercury (Australia), June 8, 2006.
* Jill Rowbotham, "Piety not much of a vote-winner. Fears that Christian fundamentalism is influencing politics are misplaced," The Australian, June 17, 2006.
* News Release: "Australian Greens Back Exclusive Brethren request," Australian Green Party (Scoop (Australia)), June 21, 2006.
* David Marr, "Hidden prophets", Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), July 1, 2006.

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