Thursday, September 30, 2010

Secret Amish Abuse

Abuse within secret society is known to be common.  The Amish are by no means immune from this.  As a community, the Amish are extremely reluctant to converse with the outside world.  Abuse within Amish Culture falls under the name of discipline.  What may be most shocking is how far abuse and forgiveness can go still under the name of discipline.  Amish are told how to live most aspects of their life.  They are taught how to dress, wear their hair, even to include what color inside their homes should be.  They are taught about forgiveness, even to forgive acts of adultery, rape, or even murder.  It seems almost any sin is forgivable, except the ultimate sin: leaving Amish culture.  David and Fran Yoder committed the unforgivable sin."Once I was gone I was not allowed to step foot on my father's property. They wouldn't speak of me. They considered me dead. The entire Amish community turned their backs. I was not allowed to attend my parent's funerals and neither were my children," David Yoder explained.  In fact, Amish law even forbids reporting acts of crime to authorities.  Fran Yoder confessed "I was raped by my brother-in-law when I was just 17, but as a woman I kept quiet for a while."  Amish authorities prefer to handle crime without the federal government involvement.  
In the past, there have been few known cases of rape within amish community, because reporting crime is highly looked down upon.  In the case of Jacob Weaver, 55 year old Amish man, who was charged and pleaded guilty of raping a young child.  A family member commented about his trial.  "We would just be happy to continue on and we would like to fellowship with him and bring (him) to church and move on in spirit and grow that way. That's why we want him home,"  The family of Chris Mullet, a 28 year old man who was charged with rape of a young girl, said a similar statement about his trial.  “If you ask for forgiveness and they show us they’re sorry. We don’t think about it. If it happens today tomorrow it’s forgotten.”  Acceptance of rape in Amish community is far beyond average American culture.  It seems as though a person faces complete rejection in society if named  a sexual predator.  
As if rape wasn't bad enough, even cases of murder have been covered up within Amish Community. David Yoder claimed that his sister even confessed to the murder of his niece.  Yoder explained that authorities response to the confession was "This can never leave this room.   It has to remain this way for the betterment of community."
How ironic that the Amish are able to forgive acts such as rape and murder so easily but are unable to forgive those who wish to experience a life away from Amish community?

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    1. I am not sure this "Exposure" is kind to the Amish. I work with many of the Amish and Mennonite people, and find them to be quite transparent. The communities I serve recognize their failures and have a willingness to get help. It is not good to point at other peoples sin, and not take a deep look at our own. I teach personal leadership effectiveness, and it definitely starts with us. Point the finger back and look at your own character defects before you classify an entire people group as defective. God forgives, Homosexuality, Beastality, Murder, Rape and so forth.. the process of shunning is biblical. The idea that they want to live a life that honors God is part of their culture, and in many ways is refreshing, we could learn from the Amish, and Mennonites. All cultures have sin, and to point to a people group seems to me to be a bit hypocritical and dishonors the foundation of the simple life they are choosing to live. I understand that much attention is being placed on their lifestyle, but until you live among these great people and understand their challenges and can present solutions to them, it is sad to point out the shortcomings.

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    2. Typical amish/Mennonite apologist
      from Lancaster county

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    3. YES,,,,ALL CULTURES DO HAVE SIN....BUT I THOUGHT THAT WE WERE SUPPOSE TO CORRECT OUR SINS...THE AMISH PEOPLE CONTINUE TO ABUSE EVERYTHING FROM INNOCENT ANIMALS TO WIFE'S TO CHILDREN....WHAT THEY DO IS NOT HONORING GOD...NOT MY GOD!

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    1. Don't be afraid to hold them accountable.

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  3. Just learned that my best friend in the Amish community has sex with sheep and calves. I asked a total of 5 young men about incest and beastilaty and all of them said they are guilty of one or both.

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    1. AND THIS MONSTER IS STILL YOUR FRIEND? THAT DOES NOT SAY MUCH ABOUT YOU, DOES IT?

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  4. that's really no big deal for the amish
    I worked with an amish guy at sperry new Holland and he freely admitted to having sex with sheep on the farm
    sick

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  5. THEY ARE MONSTERS....AND WHY PEOPLE WOULD BUY ANYTHING FROM THEM IS BEYOND ME....THEY TREAT THEIR ANIMALS HORRIBLY....WHY WOULD ANYONE SUPPORT A GROUP OF EVIL PEOPLE LIKE THIS?

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  6. OMG THEY ARE A CULT ..ANYTHING CONNECTED WITH SEXUAL IS ACCEPTED. AND OF COURSE MEN LAID DOWN THE LAWS AND MAKE ARBITRARY DECISIONS ON WHAT IS GOOD AND WHAT IS BAD. NOT USING ELECTRICITY OR REJECT ALL MODERN CONVENIENCES AND DRIVING BUGGIES DOES NOT AMEND THE HORRIFIC SINS OF THE FLESH THESE MEN CONTINUALLY COMMIT AND IN THEIR TWISTED PERVERTED MINDS THEY JUSTIFY IT .MY HEART ACHES FIR THE POOR WOMEN SUBJECTED TO THIS ABUSE.. HOW IRONIC..THEY DO NOT WISH TO WANT ANY INFLUENCE FROM THE EVIL WORLD ..WHEN THEY ARE SO MUCH WORSE...THE EVIL WORLD DOES NOT CONDONE SEXUAL ABUSE ANIMAL ABUSE..MURDER RAPE ..I HAVE LOST ALL MY RESPECT FOR THIS CULT .YES THERE MAY BE GOOD PEOPLE THERE BUT THE ARE PROBABLY YHE VICTIMS..

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