The luvvies have laid complaints, outraged over Brian Tamaki’s statements and now the Charities Services is reviewing their charities status.
The Herald, the slowest of all media to report on Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib, reports:
Destiny Church could be at risk of losing its tax-free status after a member of the public complained to Charities Services.
Charities Services today confirmed it will analyse the Church’s tax-free status and see if its guilty of breaching the Charities Act.
The assessment will see if Bishop Brian Tamaki’s church is guilty of any wrong doing.
If anything is uncovered a full investigation will then be carried out.
A spokesperson for the church this afternoon said they have had no communication with Charities Services so would not be commenting on the development.
The spotlight has been on Tamaki’s church since his homophobic sermon blaming gays, sinners and murderers for earthquakes.
He also blamed a gay priest and the people of Christchurch for the devastating earthquakes that hit Canterbury in 2010 and 2011 which killed 185 people.
“The land actually speaks to God. It spews itself up after a while – that’s natural disasters. Because nature was never created to carry the bondage of our iniquity,” Tamaki said.
However, he later hit out at media for sensationalising the sermon and tried to back track on RadioLive saying it wasn’t just gay people who were being punished for their sins, but adulterers, child abusers and anybody indulging in “extra-sexual behaviour”.
If the Charities Services is looking into Destiny then perhaps they might like to look into At-Taqwa Mosque and their charity status, because Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib is listed as a trustee of their registered charity AT TAQWA TRUST
And there is a very good reason to look into these ratbags, quite apart from their dodgy ratbag trustee and his antisemitism. They are at least meeting filing requirements. Documents show that last year the Trust pulled in more than $162,000 but gave away just $13,000 in donations and grants. Everything else was sucked up in operating expenses.
We also know from the report of the previous year that the trust has assets exceeding $1.7million. That includes computers and office equipment of $35,000 which seems exceedingly large for a small suburban mosque that professes to have no paid staff and 50 volunteers.
Further, it appears that Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib is in breach of his own Trust’s rules:
I’m not sure how saying that Jews are the enemy of Muslims, and that if you think it is ok to be a Jew or a Hindu or a Christian that you are not a true Muslim, as well as promoting misogynistic views towards women, is in keeping with the aims and objectives of the Trust especially the one to “promote and develop understanding and cooperation among Muslims and Non-Muslims.
Another interesting feature of the aims and objectives is 2(g) where they state “To do any and all things that are lawful and permissible in Islam….”. Obviously, that doesn’t include keeping to the laws of New Zealand, especially the Bill of Rights Act and the Human Rights Act.
So, if Brian Tamaki’s Destiny Church is under threat with their charitable status then surely At Taqwa Mosque and their trust should be as well.
You have to ask why the media are after Brian Tamaki so hard but have had to be shamed into reporting on the activities of Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib?
This story has gone global and the media seems to have forgotten Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib while they attack Brian Tamaki.
It is getting past time to have a shake up at the Charities Services and for a law change to take affect which classifies organisations differently…either as a charity…or as a Not-For-Profit. There is a distinction and high time it was recognised in the law.
As it stands one of the trustees of the At-Taqwa Trust stands accused, with plenty of evidence, as a blatant antisemite and misogynist. Yet the trust still enjoys charitable status.
– NZ Herald