8 responses to Jim Cates: The Amish and War (Part 2)
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    Comment on Jim Cates: The Amish and War (Part 2) (February 16th, 2015 at 09:15)

    The Amish and Old Order Mennonite will not join the military or go to war, which I understand. But, I know some Amish farmers and Old Order Mennonites who sell the crops they grow to the United States Government. As I understand it, the food is used to feed the troops. Now isn’t that becoming involved in military in a round about way? Is that against their beliefs? I try not to discuss it with them as I don’t want to lose my friendship with them. It does seem kind of different when in one breath they say they are against war and violence and then they sell their food to the government.

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    Mark – Holmes Co.
    Comment on Jim Cates: The Amish and War (Part 2) (February 16th, 2015 at 09:59)

    I’ve never heard of selling crops to the US Government, at least not around here. I’m not doubting it, lincolnlady, but I am surprised. I would be disappointed if I learned someone who claimed to be non-resistant was making a profit be selling to the military, but that is just my personal opinion.
    On the other hand, someone might feel that the hungry should be fed no matter who they are, but again that is just me guessing at motives.

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    Comment on Jim Cates: The Amish and War (Part 2) (February 16th, 2015 at 10:23)

    Hi Mark,
    Thank you for your reply. We got talking a while ago and I asked them where they sold their crops thinking it was local. That is when they told me that they sold to United States Government to feed the troops. Now, I agree that the troops should be fed, don’t get me wrong, but I was surprised. So I asked them again making sure I heard them right. They gave me the same reply. They are in New York State.

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    Comment on Pacifism vs. Non-resistance (February 16th, 2015 at 13:15)

    Pacifism vs. Non-resistance

    My father’s family were pietist Lutherans, and although they would defend themselves if attacked, they did not believe in going to war. I have no idea if they sold products to the US government.

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    Daniel Parulis
    Comment on Amish and War (February 16th, 2015 at 14:13)

    Amish and War

    Having not being born Brethren but a seminary graduate of Bethany Theological Seminary (75′ 81′ Oakbrook, Ill)
    I have always been fascinated by the early Anabaptists reformation period and how the beliefs ( now long held)
    came to be developed and practiced by various traditions.
    I am also interested in why people seen to want to find “exception” to the practice and applications of certain
    behaviors within each ANABAPTISTS group. WWII is no exeption. Thanks for all your background work with
    these issues.

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    Jim Cates
    Comment on Amish and War (February 16th, 2015 at 20:13)

    Amish and War

    Thanks for your feedback Daniel, but to give credit where credit is due, Don Kraybill’s book “The Amish and the State” – still in its 2nd Edition – in conjunction with Steve Nolt’s “A History of the Amish” – also in a second run – are the “go to” sources for all of my war, nonresistance, and pacifist data. I know Don has been planning a 3rd edition of “Amish the State” for some time now, but I also know he has several other projects nosing their way ahead of that effort. I look forward to the latest edition!

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    Daniel Parulis
    Comment on Jim Cates: The Amish and War (Part 2) (February 16th, 2015 at 23:10)

    I am trying to find out if the Amish/Mennonite and Brethren when they came to the colonies were influenced by the idea of “American EXCEPTIONALISM ” and tried to adapt to such things as ownership of property, the idea of
    ” house churches” and if they were accepted as just sort of “strange people” and left alone. Also if the French and Spanish influences of the Mississippi regions and the Hutterites, when they moved west had any influence
    On their theology or practices! ( I know I made a bunch of run-on sentences but it’s late for me) Also iif Benjamin Franklin and any hand in the repossession of Saurs printing business in Germantown (Philadelphia) due to competition? Thanks

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    Daniel P.
    Comment on Jim Cates: The Amish and War (Part 2) (February 16th, 2015 at 23:14)

    Also if any of the “witches” is Salem were Amish, Brethrenr Mennonite?

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