What’s so wrong about the Amish? I thought to myself. Aren’t they just harmless farmers?
A car is a modern convenience capable of driving the faithful down a road of sin.
The charismatic televangelist industry and the upper echelons of the Amish Church are similar in their public relations apparatuses and financial hustling of others. Taking a look at these social institutions’ practices will give deep insight into Americans’ fallible infatuation with radical Christianity.
The Amish scholars who have so prominently featured throughout Wisconsin v. Yoder and related propaganda efforts by the Christian Right are not insidious because they are activists, but because they cloak themselves in the familiar robe of an impartial witness.
It is as if the documentary were looking at the Amish as a set of dolls, fitted with a dollhouse and toy carriages. This toy set exists for outer society to gaze at and admire, as they only feel nostalgia from children’s books and Biblical tales. Removing raw humanity from the Amish is both condescending and cruel.
A practicing Amish woman suggested that it’s better for Amish children to be raped and molested than for them to know that they have the right under US law to be protected from such abuse.