9 responses to The trouble with ‘the Amish’
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    Comment on The trouble with ‘the Amish’ (March 26th, 2009 at 06:19)

    I really like this article because it’s what I’ve been telling people for years. I’m definitely an “interested observer” of the Amish and like to visit their communities here and there whenever possible, although I’m never there long enough to make friends like you have – that’s awesome. Anyway, I tell people it’s like saying someone’s “Protestant” – there are Methodists, Baptists, Lutherans, etc. and they are all Protestant, but all vary in their beliefs here and there. So to say someone is Amish tells just a tiny bit about them. Thanks for the post – I always look forward to them. :)

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    Matthew
    Comment on The trouble with ‘the Amish’ (March 26th, 2009 at 06:45)

    Excellent post, Erik.

    In modern American culture we also like to use the words “liberal” and “conservative” to especially describe politics and religion. While most casual observers would say that the Amish are “ultra-conservative”, a closer look reveals that even that is a misnomer.

    For example, there is a Swiss Amish group in Washington County, Indiana where the men can be seen puffing on Philly blunts and drinking Colt 45’s. If the Amish weren’t “the Amish”, but rather some other Christian group, they would be labeled as “liberals” because of this, since many Christians frown on or outright condemn this sort of behavior.

    Matthew

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    Emma
    Comment on The trouble with ‘the Amish’ (March 26th, 2009 at 06:51)

    Yes, very good observation. This is a truth that even their cousins the Mennonites do not acknowledge.
    Emmanuelle

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    Comment on The trouble with ‘the Amish’ (March 26th, 2009 at 06:58)

    Behtrusso, Matthew, Emma, thanks much. It’s not exactly a novel observation but something I’d felt I ought to cover for a while now.

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    Ruben
    Comment on The trouble with ‘the Amish’ (March 26th, 2009 at 07:09)

    Great article Erik, i’m forwarding this to my european friends ‘n family!

    Now I have to find a way to explain them that Amish people don’t live in gated communities or have 3 wives :-)

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    Tom Kaminski
    Comment on The trouble with ‘the Amish’ (March 26th, 2009 at 07:13)

    I don’t think it’s going to be a easy ride into the 21st century for some of the more conserative Amish/Mennnonites orders, especially with the young ones gaining more and more access to technology. From a self – study viewpoint, I see them entering into the mainstream and possibly abandoning many long held religous traditions…

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    Comment on The trouble with ‘the Amish’ (March 26th, 2009 at 07:20)

    Tom that is quite likely and a clear concern for many. The typical Amishman today certainly lives with much greater access to tech than his great-grandparents did.

    Ruben, thanks, hope it can be of some use! In Poland the Amish are typically confused with Fundamentalist LDS, and looks like that is not an uncommon mistake.

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    Comment on The trouble with ‘the Amish’ (March 26th, 2009 at 07:22)

    Matthew by the by a detailed examination of Old Order attiudes towards alcohol and tobacco would be interesting. I’m not aware that anything like that exists.

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    Lee Ann
    Comment on The trouble with ‘the Amish’ (October 3rd, 2011 at 07:36)

    Erik, your comment that the Amish are mixed up with the fundamentalist LDS also holds true to the real LDS people. Many people mixed up the True LDS with the Amish. Asking if the LDS do the same things as the Amish. ie: dress plain, no makeup, no music.

    Yes, I have heard of people asking if the Amish are like the Fundamentalist LDS or Polgamist. Thank goodness they are not. And to clear the air, True LDS people do not practice the things that fundamentalist LDS do.

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