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Christianity Johnson on 17 Jul 2008 12:03 am

A behind-the-scenes look at the Amish

A member of an Amish community escapes at age 15, gets a college education and tells her story in this interview:

Escaping the Amish – Part 1

The Amish, it turns out, are more deeply delusional that you would ever suspect. For example:

I loved learning, and cried when I couldn’t go back to school the fall after graduating from Amish 8th grade. The Amish do not send their children to formal schooling past 8th grade. A Supreme Court case prevented forcing Amish children into high school on grounds of religious freedom. I knew that, by US law, I wasn’t considered an adult until eighteen. I didn’t want to wait until then to go to high school.


The Amish take the Bible verse “spare the rod and spoil the child” in a literal sense. Parents routinely beat their children with anything from fly swatters, to leather straps (the most typical weapon), to whips (those are the most excruciating of), to pieces of wood…. Even little babies get abused for crying too much during church or otherwise “misbehaving.” I’ve heard women beat their babies — under a year old — so much that I cringed in pain.


The rape, incest and other sexual abuse that run rampant in the community.

When you hear about communities of people doing crazy stuff like this (not educating their children, beating their children, withholding medical care from their children, raping their children, etc.), why is there so often a religion behind it? A theory: In order to believe in religion you have to willfully suspend portions of your rational thinking processes. Perhaps it can’t be compartmentalized completely, and the irrationality leaks out, affecting the person, and the community, as a whole.

Another theory: what if the smart people see through the religious crap and escape communities like this, leaving behind those who are less smart?

Another: What if religion selectively attracts evil people and concentrates them?


One Response to “A behind-the-scenes look at the Amish”

  1. on 20 Jul 2008 at 1:17 am 1.Sam said …

    You have actually been inside of an amish community? I have read and reviewed most of the postings on this site. You do as well as copy and paste can do to slander Christians but you leave little to be overcome with great prowess. So, we need need Gods playground to master cancer, Gods playground is science. If we can not master science, we can not master Gods world. Cancer stays. Caner has risen in light of our “advances” in technology and science, have we not created our own hell? He gave us free will to pass or fail, you are trying to blame the existence of bombs on their being metal her on earth, which is Gods fault I am sure, so it goes on and on. God gave us the will, it is up to us to find the way.

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