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Often referred to mistakenly as 'Plymouth Brethren', the Exclusive
Brethren is in fact an extremist offshoot of the former. Founded in
1825 by a clergyman dissenter called John Nelson Derby, the
Plymouth Brethren always had strongly predeterminist views - it
was the duty of God's chosen to avoid all contact with the ungodly.
Friendship, business or even eating with those outside the Brethren
was forbidden. The founders of Exclusive Brethren believed that
this isolationism should not be compromised in any way - today's
members are not allowed television, radio, newspapers, fax
machines or computers.
They do not vote, join unions, take civil office or allow their
children to take part in sports or social activities at school.
Men wear jacket and tie; women must have long hair, modest clothes
and no make-up. Sunday worship begins at 6am in Brethren Meeting
Rooms (which have blocked-out windows) and goes on all day. There
are shorter meetings each night of the week. The cultic elements
of the movement are those of isolationism rather than recruitment.
Members are not allowed to communicate with relatives who have
left the movement.
There are estimated to be 10,000 members of the Exclusive Brethren
in the UK. The movement has enjoyed a string of strong leaders and
is currently under the command of an Australian called John Hales.
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