16 responses to Callie Wiser on The Amish: Shunned
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    Robert Gschwind
    Comment on Callie Wiser on The Amish: Shunned (February 4th, 2014 at 07:38)

    I will be waiting to see if they cover the part about being welcome back if you come back under the church and make confession. Seems like that part is always left out. The real use of shunning is to get the person to come back to the church and follow the rules. Also, a lot don’t cover that people who leave before taking their vows are usually not shunned. Only those that have broken the vow are shunned. Just going to be an interesting series to see what information is included and what is left out.

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    Comment on Great interview (February 4th, 2014 at 09:11)

    Great interview

    This is a big point as far as I am concerned: “The presence of reality programming has sown mistrust of the media amongst both Amish and former Amish and may have made a number of the subjects more wary of me and our intentions with this film, but in the end, I think they all trusted that their stories, which most of them see as completely un-sensational, were closer to the reality of life in and outside the Amish community than what we see elsewhere”.

    I know that I would not want anything to do with a (lack of)”reality” show. I can only guess at how someone, be they current or former members,
    of a group that is so frquently marginalized … such as the Amish, would feel.

    After reading this & watching the video I am more interested in seeing this than I was before. May be a little tough though, because I will have to be up by a little after 3:00 AM to be in the office a little after 5:00 AM tomorrow morning due to the winter storm impacting so much of our operating system.

    But I am going to be watching it nevertheless …

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    Nancy @ A Rural Journal
    Comment on Callie Wiser on The Amish: Shunned (February 4th, 2014 at 09:40)

    I’m looking forward to viewing this second installment. I can’t imagine having to leave behind everything you know (family, home) due to the growth and change that one normally experiences in the teens and early 20s. Really quite heartbreaking.

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    Anne, the mom!
    Comment on stoning? (February 4th, 2014 at 10:04)


    The one comment that seems “over the top” is that shunning is the equivalent of stoning. That significantly misses the mark. Shunning is not meant to be the “end” of someone, but to discipline them, with hopes that they will come to repentance. I’m sad to see that the piece begins with a statement that sets this already emotional topic in a false context.

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      Comment on Callie Wiser on The Amish: Shunned (February 5th, 2014 at 17:54)

      I believe that was an Amish man talking. Or, that he was quoting an Amish man. Am I incorrect?

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    Andrea green
    Comment on Callie Wiser on The Amish: Shunned (February 4th, 2014 at 10:27)

    I think for the Amish to leave like the young girl did in this clip , takes real guts,I don’t think I would be brave enough to do what she did. I can’t watch the program, as I can’t get PBS. It must be so hard if you feel that you have no other option but to leave your family and friends, I don’t think I could do this if it was me, my heart goes out to these guys, and the family and friends in there community. I know that what they do by shunning is biblical, but still this is not a easy place for anyone. Hope I can watch by the Internet some day.
    very interesting and thought provoking.

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      Trish in Indiana
      Comment on Callie Wiser on The Amish: Shunned (February 7th, 2014 at 15:54)

      If you do not receive a good PBS signal where you live, try going to the website pbs.org and click on the “video” link on the menu. If you have a decent internet connection (I have DSL) you can usually watch the most recent programs. I actually did this with the earlier film on the Amish, because I caught the one on shunning but had missed the first one.

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    Don Curtis
    Comment on Giving up all (February 4th, 2014 at 13:58)

    Giving up all

    I would like to add a thought here. Just as those who leave the Amish have to let go of a lot of their past, so too, do those who make the choice to leave the Outside World to join the Amish. My son waved good-bye to his clothes, friends, home, car, electronics, etc. when he joined the Amish. I am sure that Anne’s son did as well. That was Mark’s choice. I respect that. Those that leave the Amish have that choice, as well.

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      Anne, the mom!
      Comment on Yes Don! (February 5th, 2014 at 12:39)

      Yes Don!

      Don put it very well. The decision to become Amish after living with all that modern life offers is really a great loss. My son also feels a deep loss in simply being so far from home…a decision he went along with when the group he joined split and he went with the ones staying OO. He has given up a great deal, but at least, he still has a rich relationship with us. Thanks again Don, for your perceptive words.

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    Kentucky Lady 717
    Comment on Callie Wiser on The Amish: Shunned (February 4th, 2014 at 18:27)

    Thanks for posting this …..I hope to watch it tonite…..I enjoy watching and learning about the Amish…..I see them here in my town everytime I go to Walmart….and see them driving by my street…..

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    Jeff Baker
    Comment on Watch Full Shunned Episode - Now (February 5th, 2014 at 09:59)

    Watch Full Shunned Episode - Now

    If you missed the “Shunned” show last night you can go to PBS.org and go to the video tab at the top of the page and then look for the Shunned show in one of the boxes below. You can watch the full 1 hour 51 minute show – at least today and probably through the end of the week or more.

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    Comment on Not watching (February 5th, 2014 at 20:29)

    Not watching

    I probably detest television more than the Amish do, and watch less of it than a lot of them, too – at least those I see in southwest Michigan and north-central Indiana. So I won’t be watching this. Television has idiots and what they have is contagious. I have no built-in or acquired immunity, so the only choice is for me not to watch it. There are better media for communication, anyway.

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    Trish in Indiana
    Comment on Callie Wiser on The Amish: Shunned (February 7th, 2014 at 15:57)

    Just wondering, John: Why would you feel a need to go to an article specifically about a television program in order to declare that you do not watch television? To call us all “idiots”? Surely not, because that would be extremely rude.

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      Comment on Callie Wiser on The Amish: Shunned (February 7th, 2014 at 16:20)

      How do you know I feel such a need? You’re assuming too much. However, I think it would be good if people were more aware of what television is doing to them and to our society. I’m supposed to be on jury duty this week and next. As usual, I filled out the jury form adding a note that I think it’s far above the call of duty to have to sit in the jury gathering room where a television is turned on. I explained that last time I was there (I had complained then, too) I took a book out in the hall and stood there reading it. We’re not supposed to get into conversations with lawyers, defendants, etc, so I just faced a wall to avoid making eye contact with anyone so as not to encourage any such conversations. I have to take similar drastic measures to get away from televisions in hospitals. Some hospitals are worse than others, but the same hospitals that have signs saying no weapons are allowed inside will have televisions blaring from every wall. And what television does is more harmful to a person than what a gun can do. (BTW, I remember going into a fast food place in Indiana, watching a young Amish woman watching television while ignoring her kids.) If television is going to be pushed on me when I don’t want it, I think people can put up with a few comments that they don’t care to hear from me (as long as I don’t televise them, of course).

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    Jon Fisher
    Comment on The Amish; Shunned (May 30th, 2014 at 11:42)

    The Amish; Shunned

    The Amish: Shunned film shown in Feb. was of great interest to me as I grew up Amish in Lancaster County, Pa. I joined the Amish church when I was twenty-two and permanently left it three years later. I have just completed writing my memoir, which will consist of 209 pages. I haven’t fully decided what will be the title or who will be the publisher, but it will be sometime soon. It was fun to bring back all those memories and put them into a book. By the way, I’m very glad that I left when I did, and have never regretted that, even though I’m the only one in my family that ever left

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    Pete Cole
    Comment on Exposing Al Sharpton (January 6th, 2015 at 09:15)

    Exposing Al Sharpton

    i think you would do a service to the country to do a show on “Exposing Al Sharpton”.

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