Plain in the city

A plain Quaker folk singer with a Juris Doctorate in his back pocket, salt in his blood, and a set of currach oars in the closet, Ulleann Pipes under his arm, guitar on his back, Anglo Irish baggage, wandering through New York City ... in constant amaze. Statement of Faithfulness. As a member of the Quaker Bloggers Ad Hoc Committee I affirm that I will be faithful to the Book of Discipline of my Meeting 15th Street Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

Friday, April 01, 2005


I am sick to death of Anti-Quakism. Let's face it, we are a hated minority.
All this talk about women in combat. Let's get real! We are the ones discriminated against! We get all the sh*t jobs in the army! We peal potatoes (well before that was contracted out to Haliburton)... we carry the wounded off the field... we ... well damn! We don't get to do the fun stuff like drop the bombs and shoot folks! That's the stuff they make movies about!
Then courts! Every one comes in and takes their hats off, but do the Quakers get a break?
Noooooo way Jose! We have to sit there in the stuffy court room and keep our hats on our heads... standing out like a sore thumb! Open to ridicule and scorn. Then it comes time to take an oath, everyone gets to put their hand on the bible, but do they bring us the bible? No! They say, "Ah, hell, it is another one of those Quakers... Look Charlie, do you affirm?"
We don't get included in the pledge of allegiance, or sing the national anthem at ball games... let's stop this discrimination, folks! We want to play too! And when was the last time a Quaker got a belt of wine at a Catholic Mass, everyone has a drink but the Quakers, and well, maybe the Jews, and the Hindus and the... well, I am just sick of it.
And all the Quaker jokes... like, how many Quakers does it take to screw in a light bulb? I don't know, ask the property committee, or, we will sit in the dark and wait for the light, or we will bring that up at the next Biz Meeting, so you should have an answer in about eighteen months... or... ah look, lets just cut the you know what.


At 6:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am in complete agreement with you in that belief discrimination towards any person is wrong however, your comment about Quakers in the armed forces confused me...
"We don't get to do the fun stuff like drop the bombs and shoot folks!"
Forgive me if i'm wrong but is 'Peace' not one of the Quakism testimonies? I am a theology student and I was taught that Quaker's are a peaceful anti-war denomination which is why i don't understand you're comment.
Your explanations would be appreciated.
Vicki =] x

At 12:38 AM, Blogger Lorcan Otway said...

Dear Vicki... thee might take note of the date... April 1st, which I understand was the date that Pres. Obama was suggested for the Nobel Peace Prize... =)


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