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Re: historic term: "taking the Test"
Posted by: sandra ferguson (ID *****4312) Date: April 16, 2011 at 16:11:12
In Reply to: historic term: "taking the Test" by Marilou Ficklin of 4759

One of the causes listed as reason for disownment is "taking the test of allegiance". Duringthe Revolution some states passed laws requiring citizens to swear allegiance to the new government. Since Quaker discipline forbids all
oaths, consistent Friends would have declined to take them.
Apparently this fella took the oath, was complained about in meeting, acknowledged that he was wrong to do so, and his meeting judged him to be sincere, allowed him to remain, and did not disown him.


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