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Subject: Re: [Q-R] Marriage Customs - Part 2
Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2000 20:51:40 EST
In a message dated 2/2/00 8:33:35 PM Eastern Standard Time,
<< As always, Alan's observations are on the money. My wording
on this was perhaps not as instructive as it might have been. The
critical point was that the Overseers did count months for people
married in meeting whilst they did not count months at all if the
couple married in civil ceremony & came right away & voluntarily
made an offering of condemnation of their actions. >>
That, if true and I have reservations about that, was insensitive and stupid.
Counting months for gawd's sake.!!
What a primitive technique for determining whether a couple "met the
What duplicity! We will accept you with open arms if you got married
by a JP, but we KICK YOU out if you have a baby 8 months after WE
TELL US IT ISN'T SO.
(or I will start believing that perhaps our ancestors also inspected the palms
of adolescents, looking for hairy growth!)