By granting the Amish special privileges on the basis of a falsified depiction of innocence and two-dimensionality, the US government mocks those aspects that are genuinely beautiful about Amish culture.
A central message of the film is that wanting rights for practicing Amish women and girls is an attack on the faith, but taking away their rights is just religious freedom.
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.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the best ways to learn more about the Amish today and the nuances of their lives.
So why don’t the Amish start their own vocational schools? Because they need their children to run their farms or other occupations, which shun technology in favor of the cheaper child labor.