6 responses to 5 Interesting Facts from Donald Kraybill’s Lancaster Online Amish Q&A
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    Comment on armed forces (July 13th, 2018 at 11:23)

    armed forces

    Why do not these people serve in America’s armed service’s?
    Why do they expect other people to give their lives for America
    which includes them.
    Why are they not part of March on Christen Soldiers. Theme
    If America had fallen they would not even exist, most likely.
    They are wonderful peoples, but one must fight evil forces or
    fall by the way-side.
    They are living a protected life wile some-one else makes a sacrifice for them.
    Thank You For Listening.

    • There are many OTHER people who do not serve in the armed forces. America recognizes Conscientious Objectors. I do not think it’s fair to imply the Amish or anyone else “expects” others to give their lives for them. Study Amish & Mennonite history and you’ll find a long history of choosing non-violence or non-resistance when the far easier option would have been to give in to it.

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      Dave Carrig
      Comment on 5 Interesting Facts from Donald Kraybill’s Lancaster Online Amish Q&A (July 15th, 2018 at 16:05)

      Hi Roger,

      I served for over 30 years (just retired) and I often thought of the Amish during stressful times throughout my career which for some reason gave me a sense of peace. I suppose I chose to think it was for these hard working, humble people and others like them that I was defending my nation’s interests. With all of the bad things going on in our nation when my life was on the line I could think of these people and take heart that my efforts were for people like them. I understand why they don’t serve and respect them for standing on their beliefs. I have no problem with it and am honored to have sacrificed for them.

    • Because the amish believe in non-resistance (you shell not kill)

      The Amish were hunted because of that and other believes in Europe.

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    Cheri
    Comment on Question regarding Amish friendships (July 13th, 2018 at 12:10)

    Question regarding Amish friendships

    This isn’t related too much to Kraybill’s interview as I haven’t looked at it yet. I do have a question that maybe someone can answer. I have a few Amish friends in Lancaster County (Old Order Amish). One, in particular, is a 70-something year old single Amish male (never married – always single). I am a 50-something year old single English women. We have gotten to become rather good friends – entirely platonic. He has stated that when my friend (another female) and I visit that the only reason why he doesn’t have us stay with him is because of the rules. When we say good-bye, he shakes our hand. With our female Amish friends we hug good-bye. My question is – what are the “rules” between single Amish men and female English friends? We have very open discussions – he asked me about the “me too” movement last time I was there – which I thought was pretty amusing! I am sending him a book – actually written by Kraybill – because he wanted to see it when I was there and I forgot to give it to him. With our other Amish friends, we end our letters by signing “Love,..” and they do as well (they are females). I don’t want to make him uncomfortable – which is why I am asking this question. Is giving a hug and/or signing a letter with love something that I should definitely avoid? We took him out to eat the last time we were there and the place was rather empty and he asked the waitress to seat us in the back dining room – and when I thought about it afterward, I realized that he probably didn’t want anyone to see him with two English women (although that is my guess). Anyway…any thoughts/comments would be appreciated.

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      Richard Stevick
      Comment on Amish attitudes towards romantic relationships with the English (July 15th, 2018 at 15:24)

      Amish attitudes towards romantic relationships with the English

      Hi, Cheri, Of the great concern of Amish parents or church leaders is for one of their youth to enter into a romantic relationship with a person outside of the Amish faith. Even if the “outsider” were to take instruction and join the Amish, the track record for converts is not good, with two thirds of them eventually leaving the church. Also, if the convert to the Amish marries, the community believes that this ‘mixed marriage,’ as they term it, has a high potential for the couple to leave the Amish church or even experience divorce. I am guessing that these common concerns were responsible for your friend choosing to dine with you in a less public room.

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