Religion: Departing Friends

When Quaker William Penn arrived in Philadelphia to begin his "holy experiment" in government, he made a peace treaty with his Indian neighbors and planned to get along without an army or navy. His colony did so for 73 years, until its Quaker-dominated legislature voted funds in 1755 for the French & Indian War. But then and later, Quakers found the U.S. more hospitable than most countries to their creed.* This week, for the first time in history, a group of Quakers were planning to leave the U.S. because of their peace-loving convictions.

Spokesman for the group was 33-year-old Dairyman Hubert Mendenhall...

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