10 May, 2011

Environmentalist Organisation Not a Charity

Greenpeace, a misanthracist organisation which uses misinformation, as well as ignorant but paid mendicants on city streets, to extract funding from the credulous or guilt-ridden, cannot be registered as a charity in New Zealand, the High Court has ruled:
Greenpeace appealed against a 2010 ruling by the Charities Commission which found its promotion of “disarmament and peace” was political rather than educational and while it did not directly advocate illegal acts, Greenpeace members had acted illegally.
In his judgment Justice Paul Heath found the commission was correct in its judgment and turned down the Greenpeace appeal.
“Non-violent, but potentially illegal activities (such as trespass), designed to put (in the eyes of Greenpeace) objectionable activities into the public spotlight were an independent object disqualifying it from registration as a charitable entity,” the judge said.
Greenpeace’s pleas for disarmament and peace could be seen as an independent purpose and its political activities were not necessary to educate members of the public on the key issues of Greenpeace, Justice Heath said.
UPDATE (6 August):  SeeGreenpeace’s Fear Machine” at No Frakking Consensus.

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