9 responses to Amish in the penalty box
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    Comment on Amish in the penalty box (March 20th, 2007 at 13:46)

    That’s disheartening.

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    Comment on Amish in the penalty box (March 20th, 2007 at 15:38)

    Not long ago, 60 minutes did that story on the Amish and it really bugged me/made me sad.
    This is as Rhea says, disheartening.

    I should not hold the Amish to a different standard than the English, but coming from a small, quiet community I guess I do.

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    Comment on Rough Amish hockey players (March 21st, 2007 at 03:51)

    Rough Amish hockey players

    Yes not being familiar with hockey in Lancaster County, it really surprised me to read it, it actually sounded like a fabricated article or something, but that wouldn’t be the case seeing its source.

    The comments at the bottom are actually the most surprising to me because the writers make it sound like there’s an underlying problem of uncivilized play, not just an isolated incident of a hothead kid blowing up.

    Maybe it is. Maybe these are people that just had a bad experience and that’s coloring their remarks. Or maybe rough hockey is some sort of outlet for Amish and other plain people in this community. I have no idea. But there’s a few of them that commented negatively so you wonder if it’s not a chronic thing.

    If it’s a hothead kid, I would just say, whatever, it happens, but if it’s a symptom of the way the Amish and Mennonite teams here generally play then that does “tarnish the image” a bit, at least for this community.

    Melissa do you mean that abuse story, or was it something else I missed?

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    Melissa
    Comment on Amish in the penalty box (March 21st, 2007 at 13:19)

    I mean the numbers of negative situations–from the abuse to the puppy mills to this article (and given the comments, I wonder as you do if it’s a common thing) that have surfaced lately.
    It always pains me to hear any negative press on the plain people because 1) I’m not sure they always get a fair shake from the English press (many of whom don’t understand them), and 2) all the Amish we know seem to be so incapable of any form bad behavior, it always surprises me to hear anything negative.

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    Comment on Amish in the penalty box (March 22nd, 2007 at 07:10)

    Yea I know what you mean about not getting a fair shake.

    Since I have huge respect for the Amish I sometimes feel bad about covering these issues but try to do it by pointing out that they are often aberrations and how they relate in the context of larger Amish practice and thought.

    I was actually curious what you meant by the 60 minutes story, because I think there was one a few years back on abuse in a community–is that the one you meant, or was there another one out?

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    Comment on Amish in the penalty box (March 23rd, 2007 at 14:58)

    It was that one. It was a tough story to watch, because I believed the victim was telling the truth and the abuse was over a long period of time by her brothers.

    On a happier note, did you see the story on the Holmes County Amish going for the world record of largest buffet?

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    Comment on Amish in the penalty box (March 24th, 2007 at 07:56)

    Yeah that is a cool story, I hope they get it.

    I don’t know how many Amish are directly involved cooking or whatnot but I myself would definitely love to help out with the eating part! yum

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    RAE
    Comment on Amish in the penalty box (November 7th, 2007 at 13:07)

    hi,
    I would like to comment on this story… my brother in law plays for the Phantoms and we were just discussing this story the other night, the story told here is very one-sided.The team has actually switched along with several other teams to another rink because of difficulties with the refs… the refs seem to have issues with anyone one who is even close to being amish. My broinlaw isnt mennonite, but plays for several local teams.
    Dont beleive everything your read especially not in the Lancaster Newspapers.

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    Comment on Amish in the penalty box (November 8th, 2007 at 06:50)

    Thanks for sharing, RAE. I can imagine a lot of these articles have a certain slant to them.

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