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06 June 2008


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Publishing epistles
I write regarding Britain Yearly Meeting's (BYM) decision to publish all epistles regardless of their content (30 May)

  • Quakers are well-known for tolerance and I applaud that
  • However, with our testimony to equality we are also one of the few religious groups where homosexuals are accepted and allowed to play a full part
  • Consequently, as a gay person, I am hurt that the Society should accept and publish inflammatory material about homosexuals

  • I was not present at the session at Yearly Meeting (YM) where this was agreed
  • I would like those Friends who prize tolerance above integrity to ask themselves whether they would agree to publish an epistle from a yearly meeting which denigrated black people


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