Stop vilifying us: Exclusive Brethren
August 28, 2008
The Exclusive Brethren has welcomed the Senate's decision to block a wide-ranging inquiry into the activities of the religious sect.
The Brethren says others should now follow the upper house's lead and "stop vilifying us".
The Australian Greens had wanted the Senate's community affairs committee to investigate the church.
But the move was blocked by the Senate 49 votes to six, with only independent Nick Xenophon supporting the Greens.
"The church finds it heartening that the Australian parliament is able to separate fact from fiction in these matters," Brethren spokesman Daniel Hales said in a statement.
"We now ask others to take the Senate's lead and reject any attempts to vilify the Exclusive Brethren."
In proposing the inquiry, Greens leader Bob Brown said the sect was preventing its young members from undertaking tertiary education courses and forcing young women into arranged marriages.
"The light of day needs to be shone onto the activities of the sect," Greens leader Senator Bob Brown said.
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