The Amish community pride themselves on purity and clean, honest living. But many people who have been brought up in this closed-off fellowship tell a very different story. For those unfamiliar with the Amish way of life and have not seen the Harrison Ford film Witness , they are a small group of traditional evangelical Christians who choose to live like it's the 19th century and reject all modern aspects of western society — this means no technology, no cars, nothing. The Amish way of life might seem admirable and a breath of fresh air compared to our hectic, tech-obsessed lives, but the hypocrisy and very un-Christian ethics of some of its members paint a very bleak picture of one they try so hard to uphold as good and pure.
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Viewers tuning into a recent episode of TLC's new hit show "Breaking Amish" saw the cast discussing Amish men having sex with animals, sparking questions about bestiality and incest in the Amish community. The new series that debuted Sept. The cast members, who are from Pennsylvania and Ohio, were purportedly taken to New York City to explore life outside their culture. The conversation during the Oct.
Four bishops in a Missouri Amish community have been charged with failing to report sexual abuse inflicted by an adult member of the community upon two children. Clearly there is no moral question that abuse of any kind is a criminal matter, and not one meant to be handled within the bounds of a local Ordnung. Occasionally you hear of similar cases of unreported crime in Amish communities. Yet, Amish readily submit to the law of the land in areas where the worldly kingdom does not impose itself on the spiritual one.