17 responses to Echoes of Nickel Mines
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    Comment on Echoes of Nickel Mines (January 14th, 2011 at 09:34)

    The Nickel Mines legacy is that of forgiveness. The Amish example of forgiveness in the face of horrible tragedy is something I can never forget.

    As for WBC, they apparently don’t have these verses in their Bibles: Rom 12:18, 1Tim 2:1-3, 1Thess 4:11, Heb 12:14, nor these: Matthew 7:1-2,21-23, 1Cor 1-13.

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    Comment on Echoes of Nickel Mines (January 14th, 2011 at 09:35)

    It is so sad to see such hatred among those who call themselves Christian. We are to hate the sin; not the sinner.

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on Echoes of Nickel Mines (January 14th, 2011 at 11:48)

    I guess they feel they can re-write the bible and all of Jesus’ teachings. I find it difficult to believe they have any followers that actually think their acts are of a Christian nature. This is just sickening.

    I wonder if this is the same group that had on their web site about 8 years ago that kids should steal their parents credit cards and call the account numbers into the group so they could buy their way into heaven? I saw the web site back then but can not remember the name of the group. I do remember it was a “Baptist” church. Or at least claimed to be.


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    Marilyn in New York
    Comment on Echoes of Nickel Mines (January 14th, 2011 at 11:53)

    I agree with Theresa and Lance. Christians love one another and are suppose to forgive the sinners as God forgives us. Westboro Baptist Church, in my opinion, is way off the right Christian way. The families and friends of those killed and injured in Tuscon don’t deserve their treatment.

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    Marilyn in New York
    Comment on Echoes of Nickel Mines (January 14th, 2011 at 11:54)

    I mean the Westboro Treatment. I want to make that clear.

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    Bob Rosier
    Comment on Echoes of Nickel Mines (January 14th, 2011 at 12:35)

    October 2006. Over 4 years since Charles Roberts shot the 10 young girls and it still brings tears to my eyes every time I think about it. Being a Pacifist myself (Quaker), it is hard for me to understand how anyone can take another’s human life.

    Since we live in the Nichol Mines area part time, we are familiar with the quiet and peacefulness of the rolling Amish farmland, interrupted only by an occasional clip-clop sound of the horse’s hoofs and the rattling of a buggy heading down these back country roads. For those who would like to see the countryside, I have posted pictures at following location:

    click on: Sign in
    email: k4oce@gvtc.com
    password: kn2cbb
    click on Amish Pictures, then on Slideshow

    I should have ask Erik if they could be posted here

    The Amish and their simple peaceful lifestyle have always been an inspiration for me and they set a wonderful example for the rest of the world. With all the hatred that has developed in our country, it is wonderful to know there are still many who truly follow the teachings of Jesus.

    Most of you know the story.

    Although school shootings are far too frequent an occurrence in this country, this incident was a clash of two cultures – the modern so called “advanced” American society and the withdrawn community of the Amish. It was like a wake up call to many because the violence that is too common in one society blasted its way into the non-violent, peaceful community of “the gentle people”.

    So how did the Amish community react? How would you have reacted if your young daughter was murdered by a mad man? The afternoon of the shooting, a grandfather of one of the girls who was killed expressed forgiveness toward the killer. That same day Amish neighbors visited the Roberts family to comfort them in their sorrow and pain. The Roberts family was invited to one of the Amish funerals. And, Amish mourners outnumbered the non-Amish at Charles Roberts’ funeral.

    In a world at war and in a society that often points fingers and blames others, this reaction was unheard of. The Amish culture closely follows the teachings of Jesus, who taught his followers to forgive one another, to place the needs of others before themselves, and to rest in the knowledge that God is still in control and can bring good out of any situation.

    Love and compassion toward others is to be life’s theme. Vengeance and revenge is to be left to God.

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    Comment on Echoes of Nickel Mines (January 14th, 2011 at 13:57)

    As Jonathan Swift said, “We have just enough religion to hate, but not enough to make us love one another.”

    That’s what comes to mind when I see the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church and their ilk. The way I see it, there is a difference between “righteousness” and “self-righteousness.” If people would just spend more time living their own lives righteously, they wouldn’t have time to worry about others’ supposed “sins.”

    It’s already so sad for everyone involved. Such a shame that people who purport to be Christians see fit to pour salt on this wound.

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    Comment on Echoes of Nickel Mines (January 14th, 2011 at 14:51)

    It is interesting to check out Westboro Baptist Church’s picket schedule on their website. They provide a time, place and reason for the picket so you can avoid the area. Why would I bother believing in God if He hates me and everybody else so much? I wonder what God will say to Fred Phelps and his followers on the Judgement Day.

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    Comment on Echoes of Nickel Mines (January 14th, 2011 at 15:18)

    We as Christians, who know better, need to remember these group members and the shooter in prayers as well as the victims here. God loves each of us the same and I am sure His heart is crying out for those who are doing this harm to His other children. It’s hard to love the unloveable but Jesus commanded us to do it and led by example. I just really feel we need to pray that these people who learn the TRUTH of Jesus and God’s love and that they could spread it around rather than the hate they are doing now.

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    Comment on Echoes of Nickel Mines (January 14th, 2011 at 15:49)

    topic today………. im not sure if we really will totally understand why some people do these types of senseless things to other people, and this subject is very current because of what has happened in Arizona. it looks like there were some warning signs that this troubled young man had shown, yet no one was able to take that extra step in getting him some much needed help, most seemed afraid to take any action. maybe this situation will increase a persons intervention to just go outside of their comfort zone, and maybe stop someone from doing something that can end someone’s life. and i know the amish take a much different approach when it comes to punishment, and forgiveness, although i truly admire the way they can handle crimes like this, my kind of justice and punishment would be much different. some people acted very heroic in nature in Arizona during that shooting, without even thinking, just reacting. ive never been in a situation like that, and i hope i never will be tested in that way. and if i am tested, i hope i will do the right thing. i notice some new people to the blog, welcome and you should find this site to be among the best of its kind on the web, along with the people who are on it…………………….. Richard from the amish community of lebanon,pa

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    Comment on Echoes of Nickel Mines (January 14th, 2011 at 16:33)

    incase this is my last comment before i sign-off today. hello alice, looks like you had a full day on here, and the comments were very thoughful and well meaning for sure. since thier are a few folks on here living in a few amish communitys, maybe some of us could be used as a sort of tourist guide for anyone interested in visiting other amish communitys like maybe lebanon,pa or lancaster, ohio,new york. well-you get the idea, and id be happy to help maybe point someone in what i think are some great restaurants, and motels. stay warm alice and rest-up…….. ill see everyone on sat……… good night…… Richard, from the amish community of lebanon,pa

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on Echoes of Nickel Mines (January 14th, 2011 at 19:12)

    Richard,,, I was actually only on here twice for about 5 minutes each time. I have spent most of my day sleeping again. I love that the meds are taking care of the pain but hate that I can not even stay awake. Something has to give sooner or later, I have way too much work to get done to be spending 95% of my time sleeping. This is not good, LOL.

    Sounds like a good idea Richard. I plan on picking up a lot of brochures the next time I make it to Arthur. I did promise to send some to Morinne from on here and I will get extra in case anyone needs or wants the info.

    Hope you have a good night too Richard and stay warm!!

    Blessings, Alice

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    Comment on Echoes of Nickel Mines (January 15th, 2011 at 06:44)

    A little insight into Westboro Church Group. They are Baptist only by name and are not a religous organization at all. They litterally are a family of lawyers who only a short time ago made a living out of nuisance lawsuites, suing companies, stores etc for anything and everything. They are nothing but scum ambulance chasers. Yes, God hates homosexuality, along with every other sin but I think that there’s a little something special waiting for the members of the WBC.

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    linda saul
    Comment on Echoes of Nickel Mines (January 15th, 2011 at 20:16)

    To Bob Rosier. Thankyou so much for allowing me to view your prints in Lancaster. We visited there for the first time 2 years ago, beautiful country. I would love some of your prints but I live in Ontario, so much harder to order.

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    Bob Rosier
    Comment on Echoes of Nickel Mines (January 29th, 2011 at 21:51)

    Glad you liked the pictures Linda. That was some of my better shots. I only left them up for a few days so people here could take a look. I’m going back to Lancaster in March/April and will take lots more. Maybe I will ask Erik about posting some here that you could copy. I’m always happy to share with friends.

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    Comment on Echoes of Nickel Mines (January 30th, 2011 at 00:32)

    Bob–nice idea–when you get a chance fire me an email at ewesner( at )gmail.com.

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    Comment on Echoes of Nickel Mines (July 20th, 2011 at 11:10)

    I will never forget when the WBC were at the Snyder funeral. They put the family thru so much and this poor soldier actually died because he fought for their freedom! So so sad. What kind of people are they? I also will never forget the Nickols Mine horror either. So heartbreaking for all the loss of innocent lives .

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