Why is it Called Red Tape?

Legal and official documents have been bound with red tape since the 17th century and continue to be so.

Red tape is a derisive term for excessive regulation or rigid conformity to formal rules that is considered redundant or bureaucratic and hinders or prevents action or decision-making. It is usually applied to the government, but can also be applied to other organizations like corporations.

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Act of religious censure

I was posting about Kirstie Alley passing away and noticed that she was a member of the Church of Scientology. I then saw that even their “church” had rules for excommunicating their members and thought I would look into the subject. Excommunication is an institutional act of religious censure used to end or at least regulate the communion of a member of a congregation with other members of the religious institution who are in normal communion with each other.

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