“The Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, has historically been concerned with controversial human rights issues such as abolition, women’s suffrage, and rights for the mentally ill.”

First, of course, “the” mentally ill is a blatant stereotype and offensive. Second, it was the Unitarians and Quakers who in the early 1800s founded America’s mental institutions where rights were routinely violated. Their idea that people in a bucolic rural setting could recover might have been benevolent, but the result was not.

*Harold A. Maio*