Identification of “Exclusive Brethren”

Big News, (who’s coverage of smacking issues has been the best I’ve seen) posts on EB members his father saw breaking the rules, which he lists extensively.

It’s a good list, and worth a read.

But let me quote the part of the post I do have a problem with:

My father told me that he witnessed an exclusive Brethren woman (long hair, scarf) buying a newspaper.

3 words in parenthesis, two of which would describe much of the female population, is not good enough identification with which to smear anyone.

There are plenty of Christians who dress like that, in fact many Muslims do too.

I’ve visited good Churches where most women dress like this. A lot of pious christian women do, even if it’s not something their denomination do. After all, Paul commanded it, so it has apostolic authority.


  1. The woman not only had long hair, she had a blue scarf, denim dress etc. Not many christians dress like that – very few wear scarfs and they are limited to mainly older people whereas younger EB woman wear scarves
    And its not a “smear” either.

  2. Not many, but I do know of some who do and are not EB.

    So if I accused you of being EB and you weren’t would you consider that a smear?

    Marcus Lush on his radio show a few weeks back said he followed people who he considered EB around the supermarket, buying what they did, as he believed that as EB they would only buy things on merit.

    I consider this sort of behavior offensive – it’s stereotyping people. The people I know read the paper and watch television just like everyone else, they just choose to dress a certain way because they believe it’s right.

  3. Yeah, it’s stereotyping people. It’s kind of like saying someone must be a beneficiary if they support Labour; a dope-smoker if they support the Greens; a heterosexual middle-aged businessman if they support National; a head-in-the-clouds homosexual if they’re a Liberal, etc.

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