Christianity Johnson on 17 Jul 2008 12:03 am
A member of an Amish community escapes at age 15, gets a college education and tells her story in this interview:
The Amish, it turns out, are more deeply delusional that you would ever suspect. For example:
I loved learning, and cried when I couldnâ€™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 wasnâ€™t considered an adult until eighteen. I didnâ€™t want to wait until then to go to high school.
The Amish take the Bible verse â€œspare the rod and spoil the childâ€ 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 â€œmisbehaving.â€ Iâ€™ve heard women beat their babies â€” under a year old â€” 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?