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Amish Girl in Manhattan
“Today would be a good day to die.”
One evening when I was fourteen, I walked back from target practice in our field. The sun was setting and I paused for a moment on a little knoll below the house to enjoy the view. My shooting session had gone well.
Suddenly a thought struck me: today would be a good day to die.
I put a bullet in the chamber and raised the rifle.
But I was so miserable being trapped in the Amish Church and in an abusive home that I believed God would understand and let me get into heaven.
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What Tim Ferriss said when he interviewed Torah:
“For those of you who feel trapped because of a job or self-imposed obligations as an entrepreneur, [Torah’s story] will put things in perspective.
“How do you escape your environment if you’re unable to control it? If almost no one on the outside realizes what’s happening?”
Torah Bontrager is 11 when she decides to leave the Amish.
After four years of planning her escape, she flees in the middle of the night with only the clothes on her back and $170 in her pocket.
Her departure is permanent.
This book is to let you know that you don’t have to be extraordinary to be Extraordinary.
– Torah Bontrager
Amish Girl in Manhattan (a true crime memoir)
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This documentary gives more inner life and personality to horses than women. The quotes uphold a particular status quo that tells the outside world to think of the Amish as quaint “others”, rather than as fully formed, complex people and deserving of human and Constitutional rights.
Out of all the children affected by Wisconsin v. Yoder, only one, Frieda Yoder, testified. In her testimony, she was only asked if her religion was the reason she did not go to school––not if she wanted to go to school despite her religion, or any question pertaining to her own wishes for her future.
Radicals believe that religion can be used as a tool to institute their own society that blatantly ignores rights granted under American law. This is not the intent of religious freedom, and the merging of religious abuse and human rights is a necessary discussion to have.
Torah’s story has been featured here:
1. Tim Ferriss‘ blog. Interview by New York Times & Wall Street Journal bestselling author Tim Ferriss of The 4-Hour Workweek, etc. “Escaping the Amish (Parts 1 & 2)”
4. MTV’s award-winning True Life documentary series. Episode “I’m Ex Amish”.
MTV’s True Life. “I’m Ex Amish” update (my story made the BRAVE category for the entire span of True Life’s 16-year history at the time).
5. Unconventional Life Podcast by Jules Schroeder. Hosted on the Forbes Under 30 Channel. Episode 34: From Amish-Escapee to Author: How to Powerfully Leverage Your Personal Story
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