If you do not read the comments to these posts (and you really should: they are very good), you will not have seen this link , posted by PW who doesn't like the Mint Chicks, about yet another custody case involving the Exclusive Brethren. The court has decided that the estranged father (a backslider who has joined the Open Brethren) has access rights to his children but must not expose them to the modern world. This includes television, radio and people who are not Exclusive Brethren. Both parents are also "banned from discussing or denigrating each other's faith in front of the children."
The case is another example (if any more are needed) of how far this ghastly little sect will go to hang on to its membership. Justice Benjamin's decision may seem peculiar but it is interesting that he should tell the Exclusive Brethren that it is time for them (in the words of The Australian ) "to give up their fight, through a series of well-funded custody battles over the past 30 years, to stop defecting members getting access to their children."
He also told them, "It must surely not be beyond your intellect and wit to find a dimension in your beliefs so that they may reconcile with the law of this country and the need for children to know both of their parents." I think he is optimistic: such charity is not beyond their intellect but far beyond their generosity.
Looking on the bright side, the next time the children pester their father to take them to McDonalds, all he needs to say is "sorry, the Judge won't let me."
Meanwhile, the Brethren's new champion has thought up, all on his own, a name for me; I haven't heard that one since school. I suppose Mr Whaleoil is just trying to say that, even if he could find me, he would not know what to do with me.
He also needs to ask a grown-up what 'erstwhile' means; but he would much rather tell us about the contents of his toybox.
Vroom, Vroom. Enough of this schoolboy stuff; lets go to Red Confectionery for some girl-on-girl action.