I must be either very tired or very stupid tonight, but I just read the rules for setting up a charity in Australia. And they don't make any sense to me.
From the website http://www.olgr.nsw.gov.au/charitable_info_start_charity.asp
What are charitable purposes?
Charitable purposes can be grouped under four main headings:
* the relief of financial hardship
* the advancement of education
* the advancement of religion
* other charitable purposes for the benefit of the community
And directly below it:
What are examples of non-charitable purposes which are often mistaken for charitable organisations?
The following are examples of organisations or purposes which are often assumed to be charitable, but in fact are not:
* sports clubs set up to benefit their members (as distinct from sports facilities open for everyone or specifically provided for special groups of people, such as young people)
* the promotion of political or propagandist purposes, or the promotion of a particular point of view
* purposes which include arrangements where people running the organisation get significant personal benefit
Notice point 3 and point 2 respectively.
One of the only ways to be called a charity is to advance a religion. Advance - spread - grow.
But on the other hand promoting a particular point of view like, say, spreading the idea of No God is against the rules!!!
Look again - it doesn't say religious good works - feeding the poor, sheltering the homeless. It says the advancement of religion
- growing the numbers - spreading it around.
Am I reading that right?
How the hell is the advancement of religion NOT
promotion of a particular point of view???
And is an Atheist charity impossible in this country?