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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Quakers Have Never Been Very Popular

Maclay's Senate journal, June 24, 1789:

We proceeded to a clause [in the Judiciary Bill] about Quakers taking an affirmation. I moved an amendment that all persons conscientiously scrupulous of taking an oath should take the affirmation. Great opposition to this. The Quakers abused by Izard. Mr. Morris and myself defended them. I read the Constitution by which the affirmation is left open to every one, and called this whole clause unconstitutional. The President himself may qualify by affirmation--the Constitution does not narrow the ground of conscience. I was up and down often in this business; but the grand procession of the Freemasons came by with much noise of music a little after three, and the House adjourned.

Don't get me started on noisy Freemasons...

ntodd

January 17, 2013 in Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink

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But that was over two centuries ago. Quakers in Houston these days get along with UUs rather well. Different times, different Friends...

Posted by: Steve Bates | Jan 18, 2013 12:32:23 PM

I also find it interesting that Friendswood, TX is also a major NASA community.

Posted by: Steve Bates | Jan 18, 2013 12:34:26 PM

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