The PBCC are harmful and detrimental to society for the following reasons:
1. They are a one-man dictatorship exercising extreme cult like power over a practically captive membership.
2. Members who fall out with or disagree with, the cult leader, are excommunicated and shunned by all members. Social interaction even with immediate family members is forbidden, causing the break-up of families.
3. They exercise a kind of "Sharia Law" through local kangaroo courts, consisting of so called "priests" backed up by the authority of the cult leader. It is taught that these have higher authority than the Law of the Land.
4. Members are encouraged to report criminal activity by other members to the cult leadership, rather than independently to the police or secular authorities.
5. The extreme penalties of temporary or permanent excommunication are administered arbitrarily by these "priests" without any due process of justice (e.g. advocacy for the accused, impartial witness, right of appeal etc) and with no accountability.
6. The penalties dictated by these kangaroo courts extend far beyond religious consequences, as they involve not just exclusion from the cult's activities, but also permanent termination of any social links with immediate family, including spouse, children, grandchildren etc.
7. They are well aware that this unjust system is profoundly unacceptable in modern society, so have a thorough methodology to hide these activities, and to pass them off as the personal convictions of the victim's families, rather than the coercion of the cult hierarchy.
8. The 2012 presentation to the UK Government Public Affairs Select Committee in connection with the Charity Commission matter was largely a cover-up and included lies and evasiveness. Garth Christie admitted to misleading the committee and the official transcript had to be corrected.
https://publications.parliament.uk/…/cm ... tev/charit
https://publications.parliament.uk/…/cm ... ubadm/76/1
9. The PBCC do not practise many of the rulings imposed on them by the Charity Commission in order for them to retain their charitable status. They can get away with this because there is no practical way to ensure compliance.
10. The repressive, patriarchal, secretive and self-policing system is known to be one of the features common to most of the cults in which child abuse and other forms of sexual, financial and business abuse has been prevalent.
11. Cult members may only work for cult member owned businesses - which are themselves largely subject to control from the cult leadership. Thus, the finances of all members, whether business owners or employees is under cult control, and is used to create modern day servitude with employees trapped without any opportunity for personal ambition, save at the cult's discretion.
12. Non-cult members employed at cult owned businesses receive far lower wages than their PBCC counterparts. This is a breach of the 2010 Equality Act.
13. Women are not permitted to have business positions where they exercise authority over male cult members - thus limiting them to minor roles regardless of ambition or ability. Wives are generally not permitted to work.
14. University attendance is forbidden, as is attendance at non-PBCC schools. Some areas of business related post-graduate study, by correspondence, are permitted, e.g. accounting or business management. However, the role of brethren women in business is strictly limited.
15. Most professional careers are barred by the brethren rules, and nearly all fields of university-level study are prevented, so none of the young people ever undertake advanced study of ancient history, archaeology, astronomy, anthropology, zoology, botany, geology, psychology, sociology, theology, divinity, medicine, biochemistry, genetics, art, architecture, engineering, pharmacology, chemistry, physics, electronics, literature, languages, or even Bible studies. Thus, the children with great potential, of which there are plenty, are prevented from ever fulfilling their potential. This is one of the saddest effects of Exclusive Brethrenism, second only to the breakup of families.
16. Pastoral care, well evidenced in former times, has given way to a commercial "Prosperity gospel" where financial considerations outweigh the needs of the individual.
17. A very public show of visiting disaster areas by the PBCC "Rapid Relief Team" has to be balanced against the awful plight of so many of their former members.
18. Members, typically very naive and trusting, are unwittingly induced to sign business structure agreements, and property agreements containing clauses that keep the business or property in sect hands if the member is excommunicated or decides to leave. Thus, excommunicated members often discover that they have lost not only their families, but their homes and businesses too.