Do you guys know any Quakers? Just curious. I was raised Quaker and the reaction I usually get is either “They’re still around??” or “Oh, like the oatmeal guy”. Quakerism is a pretty kool religion and y’know what? Quakers are weird. I can spot one from a mile away.
I’m glad I read this. I knew a few Quakers back home in NY but we were mainly taught about them a lot in school.
I’m from Flushing, Queens (NYC) and there was a famous incident that occured there in the 1600’s— an early town leader was jailed for his outspoken support of Quakers and alowing them to hold meeting at his house.
The dude was John Bowne and he told them to suck his left nut (or whatever) and refused to pay their shitty fine for civil disobedience. They sent his sassy ass to Holland to face charges (b/c NY was New Amsterdam then and still a Dutch colony) and this guy talked his way out of it and came back all victorious, managing to change the law and allow Quakers to practice. Then he snapped his fingers in a Z formation. (allegedly)
Yeah and my town made the biggest deal about this, his house was still up when I was a kid and they would throw this “thing” to remember JB, the Quakers, and the Flushing Remonstrance, every year.
(Flushing Remonstrance was the first codified guarantee of religious freedom in what would become the USA, aimed to stop persecution of the sexy Quakers. William Penn was fucking hot as hell too and treated the Indians FAIRLY, can you believe that?!)