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Charity body's guidance unfair to churches

Peter McKelvey (Write Back, June 1) and T E McEwen (Write Back, June 3) identify hurdles facing charities in general under the Charity Commission's draft guidance.

But they fail to mention the particular barriers that are confronting religious charities.

Under the draft guidance, churches are told that their membership rules must be sufficiently open.

This subjective terminology threatens the status of churches whose terms of membership are deemed to be insufficiently open by the new commissioners.

Surely churches must be free to admit into membership only those whose beliefs and behaviour are consistent with the Bible's teaching? Their charitable status should not be jeopardised because of long-established terms of membership.

REV WILLIAM R PARK

On behalf of the Fellowship of Independent Methodist Churches

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