Groups I’d Like to Join

“You started seeing them around town the following autumn, people in white clothing, traveling in same-sex pairs, always smoking.  Laurie recognized a few of them –– Barbara Santangelo, whose son was in her daughter’s class; Marty Powers, who used to play softball with her husband, and whose wife was taken in the Rapture, or whatever it was.  Mostly they ignored you, but sometimes they followed you around as if they were private detectives hired to keep track of your movements.  If you said hello, they just gave you a blank look, but if you asked a more substantive question, they handed over a business card printed on one side with the following message:

WE ARE MEMBERS OF THE GUILTY REMNANT.  WE HAVE TAKEN A VOW OF SILENCE.  WE STAND BEFORE YOU AS LIVING REMINDERS OF GOD’S AWESOME POWER.  HIS JUDGMENT IS UPON US.

“In smaller type, on the other side of the card, was a Web address you could consult for more information: http://www.guiltyremnant.com.

“… Laurie had read an article about the Guilty Remnant in the local paper, so she knew that there were at least sixty people living in their ‘compound’ on Gingko Street, an eight-house subdivision that had been deeded to the organization by the developer, a wealthy man named Troy Vincent, who was now living there as an ordinary member, with no special privileges.”

~ Tom Perrotta, The Leftovers

My only question, though, is can I keep my white veil in accordance with my membership in the Union of Hideously and Improbably Deformed?  Can I break my vow of silence to speak in my UHID group sessions?

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