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-Amish Beard Cutting a Laughing Matter? No and the FBI Arrests 7 Men

by Dr. D ~ November 23rd, 2011

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When you first hear about this story most people consider the Amish beard attacks to be a prank or a sick joke. It almost sounded laughable in the beginning. However when you take into consideration the traditions of the Amish this really is a serious ‘hate’ crime against an entire community and the FBI are taking it serious. What is really shocking is that it was apparently carried out by a rival Amish group.

According to the AP, the FBI raided an Amish community this morning (Wednesday) and made 7 arrests in this case:

BERGHOLZ, Ohio (AP) — Authorities raided the compound of a breakaway Amish group in eastern Ohio on Wednesday morning and arrested seven men on federal hate crime charges in hair-cutting attacks against Amish men and women.

Among those arrested were the group’s leader, Sam Mullet, and three of his sons, said Mike Tobin, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Cleveland.

Authorities have said several members of the group carried out the attacks in September and October by forcefully cutting the beards and hair of Amish men and women.

The leader of this rival Amish group, Sam Mullet says that the haircutting attacks were carried out in retaliation for the way the other Amish treated his community. According to the AP account “Cutting the hair is a highly offensive act to the Amish, who believe the Bible instructs women to let their hair grow long and men to grow beards and stop shaving once they marry.”

Response: When I first read about the beard cuttings a month or so ago I must admit that I thought the story was a joke and rather humorous. However that just demonstrates how ignorant I am of the Amish customs and culture. Also I didn’t take the time to consider how I would feel if it happened to a member of my own family.

The fact that long beards and long hair are a part of their religious beliefs changes the entire character of this crime and does potentially make it a ‘hate crime.’ Not a laughing matter at all.

Also, put yourself in their place and see how you would feel if your family was treated this way.  If someone snuck into my house and cut my wife’s hair while we were sleeping I would consider it to be a serious and frightening violation indeed and we have no religious beliefs about hair.            *Top

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1 Response to -Amish Beard Cutting a Laughing Matter? No and the FBI Arrests 7 Men

  1. Richard

    I’m certain we’ll all sleep better knowing that our government, in its wisdom, has arrested a number of Amish and charged them with Hate Crimes. Who knows what these fanatical terrorists might do next, tip over an outhouse, drive their buggies in a wanton and reckless manner, or heaven forbid get electricity in their homes. And worst, they speak German, so they might just be a group of fanatical Nazi terrorists bent on taking over the world. It certainly gives one a warm fuzzy feeling knowing that the FBI is on the job protecting humanity from the evil Amish hordes.

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