The word “faith” is often used in the marketing of religion, which has the singular aim of selling hope at a profit to cover for other things. Faith makes an acceptable smokescreen for the dogma of religion.
Women’s fertility and virginity (their perceived “purity”) are commodities in these societies, and faith is the tool by which girls and women are enslaved to these standards.
The word “faith” is meant to confer immunity from criticism on religious opinions held by believers. To the believer, the excuse of faith is the perfect get-out clause: “It’s my faith; how dare you question my personally held beliefs?”
What’s so wrong about the Amish? I thought to myself. Aren’t they just harmless farmers?
The US Supreme Court admits that the decision in Wisconsin v. Yoder could be used in a way that deprives children of any opportunity to build a life outside the Amish Church.
William Ball, the lawyer defending the Amish, spouted several hyperboles during his arguments. For instance, he said that “Amish life is a garden of nurturing for children.”