15 responses to Could ‘Amish Mafia’ characters become Amish church members?
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    Comment on Could ‘Amish Mafia’ characters become Amish church members? (January 14th, 2013 at 10:38)

    I could see the whole house party occurring with the Amish youth, especially in the larger settlements before they join the church. And perhaps some young Amish entrepreneur could discover that entertainment can be sold, so the idea of organizing a paying party is similar to what some American college students do. Just a thought.

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    Linda Northern Illinois
    Comment on Could ‘Amish Mafia’ characters become Amish church members? (January 14th, 2013 at 10:55)

    The Amish Mafia show is just that. Where the person has their five minutes of fame for the world to see. Me; Me; Me.
    This is what the world has come to. Selfishness.
    And what good has come out of this. Nothing.

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    New York State of Mind
    Comment on Could ‘Amish Mafia’ characters become Amish church members? (January 14th, 2013 at 11:23)

    I never watch the Amish Mafia, I think it was a lot rubish just trying to make money on the Amish. I did watch the movie Amish Murder. I had read the book and one to see how the movie went with the book.


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      Jean Junkin
      Comment on An Amish Murder (January 15th, 2013 at 12:50)

      An Amish Murder

      I also watched the movie An Amish Murder. I am thinking of buying the book Sworn to Silence. If you have seen the movie and also read the book, is it worth it to have seen and read both?

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    Katie Troyer
    Comment on Could ‘Amish Mafia’ characters become Amish church members? (January 14th, 2013 at 11:30)

    I appreciate this article.

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    Comment on Not surprising. (January 14th, 2013 at 21:50)

    Not surprising.

    I watched about 3 to 4 minutes of this farcical non-sense one day. It is a joke plain and simple. Anyone with even a pea sized brain could see right through this drivel.

    Two things about this show really bother me though: 1) there are people that watch it and ACTUALLY believe it. & 2)a lot of those same people vote. Yikes!

    • I think “Discovery” still has a respectable-enough imprimatur that people will believe what the channel presents as reality. I don’t know how much longer that will last though.

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        Comment on My pea sized brain ... (January 15th, 2013 at 19:28)

        My pea sized brain ...

        can’t process 50 cent words like “imprimatur”!

        However, if that means anything like CREDIBILITY, yeah you are probably correct. In fact I was thinking just the other day that Discovery, which was formerly one of my “go to” networks for the little TV that I do watch, has essentially become a poor shadow of its former self. Too bad … there used to be some really good shows on Discovery.

        • Oldkat, yes I think that is about what I meant :)…there probably still is some decent programming on Discovery but having a lot of programs that diverge radically from whatever benchmark of quality was there before would probably hurt the brand of the network over time.

          I don’t know how far along Discovery is in that process but at least with you it sounds like it might be at that point. TLC (home of Breaking Amish) and Discovery are actually in the same family of channels…maybe they have simply gotten too big and now have to focus on mass-market appeal and thus the turn to ‘reality’ and general dumbing-down.

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    Comment on Could ‘Amish Mafia’ characters become Amish church members? (January 15th, 2013 at 06:14)

    >>And as one might guess, none of them belong to an Amish church <<

    That's all we need to know about this "Amish" "reality" show.

    My "favorite" scene from the first episode involved them claiming that a shop was selling cheap Chinese made furniture as "Amish". They drive around trying to locate "where this stuff is coming from." That cracked me up. I wanted to tell Levi and his crew — guys, Chinese furniture comes from a place called China. You won't find China anywhere near Lancaster county.

    In a warped way, the show could be rather humorous. I wish it would drop its claims of "reality" and "Amish" and just present itself for what it is — the embellished misadventures of a couple of small-town losers.

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    Comment on Could ‘Amish Mafia’ characters become Amish church members? (January 15th, 2013 at 22:16)

    You know that fellow, Mose, who did a documentary about leaving or being an ex-Amish that Erik wrote about? I stumbled on his blog, at least I think it’s his blog, and he has a rather vocal opinion on Amish Mafia, I’d suggest looking it up and reading the entry on Amish Mafia.

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    Michigan Mary
    Comment on A LINK FOR MOSE GINGERICH'S ESSAY (January 18th, 2013 at 13:30)



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    Greg Stutzman
    Comment on Ice Ice Amish (May 2nd, 2013 at 04:12)

    Ice Ice Amish

    Have you seen the latest offensive “Un-Reality” invasion of the land of my birth? – Holmes County, Ohio? I would like to think that the Amish there are only victims of this shameless profit-driven horror. Unfortunately, I don’t believe that. Not for a second.


    • Well, someone had to agree to the filming for this to be able to happen. I know Vanilla Ice has a past history in a different incarnation than what he seems to be in now, but have no idea what new leaves he has or has not turned over.

      I wonder what family/group/affiliation has agreed to the filming and what their motivation is. Could be seen as a way of outreach if it is a more mission-oriented Amish church. Also wondering if it is even a horse-and-buggy Amish group.

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    Comment on Could ‘Amish Mafia’ characters become Amish church members? (May 2nd, 2013 at 20:46)

    I’m not sure how I missed this post when it was posted!

    I just am adding — I think it’s wonderful that the er “Amish Mafia” *grins* would be welcomed should they … drop the Mafia act and embrace the beliefs and etc of the (an) Amish church(es). I personally can’t quite imagine that happening, but I think it’s nice.

    And Greg, I have seen articles and photographs from the “un-reality” program to which you refer — this one managed to surprise me, even after the whole “Mafia” thing. I haven’t read the article you posted yet, but am about to. Amazing.

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