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  •  Stereotype much? (8+ / 0-)

    Look, I have no personal knowledge of Amish puppy mills and whether or not this is a widespread problem, but I take real issue with the knee-jerk "they are scum" (as someone said) attitude.

    My general knowledge comes from being distantly related to the Amish. The communities are VERY diverse in the strictness of their beliefs and practices.

    It seems like people are either "oh my god these people are angelic" (after their embracing the shooter's widow in that horrible incident several years ago) or "these people are evil." They are different than you, and they have problems in their communities just like us all. You can address a problem without vilifying an entire people.

    They are NOT "Christian fundamentalists." One key difference between the Amish and Mennonites is that the Amish do not believe in "salvation." They figure they'll just do their best to follow the Bible and it'll all work out.

    They are NOT uneducated hicks. One of the few family members I did meet was an Amish schoolteacher (from Ohio) and he taught me all kinds of math tricks I'd never learn in school.

    They do NOT eschew technology for the heck of it. Stuff gets denied if it will undermine their sense of community (telephones in each house might discourage you from visiting your neighbors).

    Leave the mass negative stereotyping to the Republicans, please.

    See you at the polls, bitches! -- Paris Hilton

    by michelina on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 09:29:19 PM PST

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