Potential Herbert W Armstrong College, United Kingdom
I had a discussion with a former church member who lives in the UK about Gerald Flurry's latest financial boondoggle. He was delighted to hear that the internet campaign to bump Flurry off CBS Reality UK was successful. He then went on to mention that there are ex-members in England who are also warning the government about how dangerous Flurry's cult is.
Another person told me some of the obstacles that Flurry's cult will be facing when attempting to start his "college."
With the recent explosion of Muslim related schools popping up in the UK and the problems they are causing, the UK government will be paying close attention to what Flurry's cult "college" will be teaching. He will have to offer the national curriculum and promote diversity. That right there is going to present a HUGE issue for Flurry and his cult.
Armstrongism has always had a great disdain for higher learning offered by the "world's" colleges. Gone are the days when the WCG had its first college in Bricket Wood, England. In those days, while still monitored by the government, the college could teach pretty much what they wanted. Those days are gone and Flurry will have to bow down to the current UK educational standards.
Add to that issue the problem of promoting diversity and Flurry will be in even hotter water. He will be required to open his enrollment to ALL religious creeds and sexual orientations. Imagine a gay pride group at Herbert W Armstrong College UK! What a hoot that will be!!!!! The UK government will be looking at the mix of students that are allowed to study there. How many Caucasian, Black, Asian, etc. will be taken into consideration and he is required by law to meet those standards. They will require him to have an anti-bullying policy in effect. That alone is going to create huge issues. Flurry bullies ex-members and threatens them, he is anti-gay, a rabid Catholicphobe, anti-Muslim, and promotes racial identity of the white race as superior to all other races through his promotion of British Israelism.
In regards to the area that Edstone House is located in, its an expensive area! Taking care of 22 acres in addition to the manor upkeep and restoration is going to be a HUGE finical drain on Flurry's cult. Electricity and heating oil expensive will be astronomical.
The UK is not like the U.S. where religious institutions have huge tax breaks and many times pay no taxes at all. In the UK the only church that gets a tax beak is the Church of England. All other churches and cults have to pay some form of tax. As my friend in the UK says, "And we English are highly taxed." The only way Flurry's cult can get out of paying huge taxes is if he offers a non-religious education to private students following the national curriculum. If he does that then the UK government will help fund his adventure.
As my friend in the UK said at the end of the conversation, "Best close it down then."