Take the "Church of England"
It is supposedly 'Christian'
Let's check the Christian commandments - their Prophet's instructions
A christian -
protects the weak
does not oppress others
gives his surplus to the needy
lives `as the poor' - not laying in stores of money / possessions
Their Prophet's specific order to those who would preach Christianity?
"Give all your possessions to the poor - and follow me"
So, according to the Christan faith:-
Christians give their surplus funds to feed the poor;
Christian priests must give all their worldly wealth to the poor
Norman Baker, Liberal Democrat MP for Lewes, recently condemned their spending policies -
"The Church of England seems to have got its priorities very wrong. It is keener to keep a handful of bishops living in luxury than it is preventing churches from closing. I would be interested to find in scripture a justification for the way in which they are behaving."
Well, let's see: latest annual accounts show the 114 Bishops spent £23.5 million on themselves, and £5.7 million on their 'palaces' (bishops' houses) and cathedrals (bishops' churches).
And personal luxuries? Check the record:-
Last year details were released of an "Appendix IV", which detailed the disparities in personal costs of the Bishops.
The cheapest `personal luxuries' cost £34,745, the most expensive cost £138,713.
That money, all of it, comes from a tax-exempt source
I.e. it's being supplied by the working poor and even the unemployed, the real net taxpayers of Britain ref-02
*later note : yet poor people, paying the highest-rates-of- tax, are oppressed and disadvantaged - details from files `crimekids' / `bent taxman'
While richer people - like politicians and the corrupt Church of England - pay no net tax at all. ref-03 & ref-03a & ref-04 I.e. they are net takers from the poor and the middle incomed.
Those unfair, regressive and pervert tax rates are fixed and agreed by the British "legislature". The Bishops of the Church of England are voting members of that "legislature" - the House of Lords (Senate).
*Later note: the British tax system began in 1945/6, theoretically taxing everyone equally. But the powerful and the wealthy soon started to avoid taxation ref-05
The Church of England instituted the "Church Commissioners" in 1948
to evade taxes
Ie. to avoid giving to the poor
Earlier the `Church of England' was an active participant in the Slave Trade and actually demanded compensation (paid out of poor people's taxes) when the evil trade was abolished.
they violently opposed anti-pedophile legislation during time of Jack-the-Ripper ref-06, and, within recent times, until revealed by media attention, the Church of England was Britain's cruelest and greediest slum-landord.
It is clear that when they're allowed to,
the Bishops remain
selfish, pervert and evil
Let's check the Bishops' obedience of 'christian' rules.
How much of the Bishops' time is spent caring for the poor ?
How many palatial Church of England buildings shelter the poor ?
How much ill-gotten Church wealth feeds / clothes the poor ?
Therefore they operate under false pretence and cannot be called 'Christian',
except by other hypocrites and liars.
Being frauds they are not entitled to any power or any tax 'privileges'.
They are criminals, members of a tax-avoiding elite, and would be prosecuted and punished in a fair or moral State.
Many of them were/are even worse