British Government Denies Charitable Status for Daring to Criticize Religion

The British Charity Commission denied the Council of ex-Muslims, an AAI affiliate, charity status this week.

In its refusal letter the Charity Commission stated: “Under English law the advancement of religion is a recognised charitable purpose and charities are afforded certain fiscal privileges by the state. The prohibition of any such financial privilege as called for in the demand made in [your] Manifesto would require a change in law. Similarly a separation of religion from the state and legal and education system would appear to require both constitutional reform and change to the law.”

CeMB chair Maryam Namazie responds to this denial here.