A British commission is refusing to allow a Plymouth Brethren church to be registered as a charity because it practices closed communion:
I don't pretend to understand church-state relations under British law, and I think I must be missing something. Roman Catholic churches don't practice open communion. Are they registered as "charities"? Also, there is a small but vibrant group of confessional Lutherans in England. Are they in the same jeopardy? And what does it mean to be a registered charity in England? Is that the same as our "non-profit" status, with all of the tax deductions that makes possible? If anyone knows anything about this, please comment.
Is this an example of the state control of churches in a country that does not have our separation of church and state? Or is it a foretaste of what American Christians will face also if they are not sufficiently "inclusive" according to the canons of state-mandated toleration?