Interesting report from New Zealand concerning Family First, an organization appealing its loss of status as a charity under the 2005 Charities Act. Family First, is a conservative organization which promotes traditional views of opposite-sex marriage. Bob McCoskrie, the national director of Family First, argued that the given the timining and political climate, and de-registration of his organization in the same week as the re-registration of the National Council on Women provided evidence that the NZ Charities Registration Board was acting politically and abusing its authority.
However, this debate led me to think of a larger question--what if public sentiment and opinion changes drastically where the public no longer supports a once popular view. Could a charity whose goals were perfectly acceptable in one time period be frustrated (and barred) because of changing times?
This question takes on a slightly different hue in the context of race restictive white-only scholarships which discriminate against racial and ethnic minorities and the US push for a colorblind society. The New York Post reports on Columbia University's problems with race-based grants. The Examiner also has a story. As a side note: Alabama State has a non-black grant aimed at promoting diversity.