A government is set to crack down on NGOs engaged in politics, and environmental watchdog Greenpeace is worried. Before anyone circulates a petition to impeach President George W. Bush, the menace to NGOs is from the New Zealand Government. (Hat tip: Russia Blog) TV.NZ reports:
A new law could strip charities of their tax-free status if they get too involved in politics. The move has led to fears that charities such as Greenpeace and the Sensible Sentencing Trust may be less inclined to speak out. Charities are often driven by people with a burning desire to fight for a cause. Having a cause can be difficult to separate from being political, but that is what the Charities Commission may soon be asked to do. ...
From next February, the commission will have new powers to strip charities of their tax-free status if they become too heavily involved in politics. "If there is any hint of political taint in this, New Zealanders will stand up in droves and change it," says Garth McVicar of the Sensible Sentencing Trust. Labour is already moving to strip the Exclusive Brethren church of its rights to deny union officials entry into their work places on religious grounds. The government denies it is an attack on civil liberties.
Belmont Club quiz. Has an NGO ever sunk or crippled a United States warship; if so which and where? Bonus question. Has a government ever sunk an NGO ship? If so, which and where?