Rules of the Exclusive Brethren
My father told me that he witnessed an exclusive Brethren woman (long hair, scarf) buying a newspaper. I mean, if you were an Exclusive Brethren member, this month would be a good month to buy a paper. But EB's are not permitted to read papers - let alone buy them. However they can - and do - write letters to the editor.
I noticed a couple of EB kids in the supermarket leafing through magazines behind their mother's back. Some rules are being broken left, right and centre by EB members. Here's a few more of the EB's repressive rules:
They eschew shared driveways and prohibit cross-lease property ownership. They cant live in houses with shared walls, sections with shared driveways - but can live in sections with shared fences.Their sewer pipes must go straight to the mains. Their cars must not be turbo charged. Television is out, as are novels, pets, radio-telephones, university degrees - even extramural ones - cell phones, record players, newspapers and bar coders. However, and conveniently, they can use airplanes.
They can't be members of "outside" organisations - which I guess would mean they cant have credit cards, super schemes or insurance. However EB professions can be memberships of pharmacists guilds and the like.EB's are not allowed to wear ties,(men) must be clean shaven and marry early.
They don't vote, they don't pay money to go to entertainment such as films, theatre or concerts. They can't even go on hoiliday in camping grounds, or go to the beach - but they can sit in Parliament to observe prodeedings. To engage in swimming, team sport, entertainment or friendship outside the membership brings swift exclusion from the sect. Shorts are banned. Women must have long straight hair, wear scarfs and denim skirts below the knee. Their kids cant go to public schools or university, and even private EB schools are not allowed IT or computer training. If a person is excommunicated from the church he must leave his wife and kids -and job as it is mole likely to be among EB's. He is not even allowed to eat with EB's. They say their places of worship are "public places" but the public is not allowed in.
Although computers and the Internet ( probably i-Pods as well) are banned. the church endorses a website.. I wonder who does it? They are allowed to hire lawyers,given that they can't get law degrees - but cannot email them. Apparently they can even hire private investigators to snoop on politicians and any one else they please.
The jury is still out on whether Exclusive Brethren members are allowed to tell lies.They certainly break many of the above rules.