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Do The Amish Practice Communism?

Comment #692593 by EDDIE HINES on 27.01.21, 14:28

IN THE HUTTERITE COLONYS ALL PROPERTY IS OWNED BY THE GROUP HOWEVER THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO THE AMISH THE HUTTERITES ARE ANABAPTISTS AS ARE THE AMISH AND MENNONITES. ANABAPTISTS DO NOT BELIEVE IN COMMUNION OR INFANT BAPTISM.THE MENBERS IN THERE TEEN YEARS MUST ACCEPT THEY WAYS OF THE CHURCH AND THAT IS CONSIDERED THIR BAPTISM.THE REASON IS A GOOD ONE AND IT HAS GREAT HISTORICAL SIGNICANCE.

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Do The Amish Practice Communism?

Comment #692590 by Janice Lee Reamer on 27.01.21, 14:02

Stephanie: I’ve only mentioned a tiny portion of my life.

I wouldn’t compare Jordan Peterson’s hanging out with white supremacists’ to Jesus hanging out with liars and thieves, etc. Jesus hung out with sinners in order to get them to see the light. Peterson hangs out with Molyneux, because he agrees with him, not because he is trying to make Molyneux see the light! I’m surprised you would refer anyone to Peterson’s musings, since he does not profess to be a Christian.
Rex Murphy, Dave Rubin, Ben Shapiro, Patrick Bet-David, and Glen Beck, as witnesses for Peterson’s character, do not impress me. They’re your stereotypical, run-of-the-mill, conservatives. I used to watch Glenn Beck, occasionally, when he was on CNN, but stopped when he became too full of himself and moved to FOX, where he was given a platform to criticize former President Obama and liberals.

Communism was peddled as a cure for poverty everywhere, not just in Europe. It didn’t really take here because, Americans don’t enjoy having constraints on their freedom to be greedy and selfish.

Marxism does have some good in it because it advocates against the exploitation of the working class by capitalists. Marx, not being much of a psychologist, did not take into consideration, human nature. The majority of people want the opportunity to better themselves and to climb up the ladder of success.

The reality of communism/Marxism, is that it always leads towards a huge wealth-to-poverty gap because the desire to compete is forbidden. Without competition, there’s little incentive to work hard and produce, resulting in the populace works just to survive. That is why the USSR broke apart and turned to capitalism. The same with Chine. Both countries still consider themselves Communists, in reality, they are just capitalist dictatorships.

I still believe that organized religion is comparable to dictatorship.

As for the Constitution and your belief that it was given to us by God, is it also your belief that it was God who gave the American people, Trump? Was he the same God who incited the insurrection? Was he the same God who exhorted the criminals to storm the Capitol and cause so much damage, threaten peoples’ lives, cause several deaths, and then told them to blame it on ANTIFA?

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5 Things You See at an Amish Church Service

Comment #692588 by Don Burke on 27.01.21, 11:55

“I’ve often wondered the same thing…why was adult baptism viewed as anarchy?”

I suppose if we really split hairs, technically the adult baptism wasn’t the issue per se, but rather the rejection of infant baptism which was implied by the need for rebaptizing as adults. I would presume that the RCC would themselves baptize adults who were converted to their denomination — so it’s not adult baptism itself. But the Anabaptist (“ana-” = again) insisted on baptizing adults because they rejected the baptism of infants — and that was considered a slap against the RCC doctrine (and it was).

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Winter In The New Wilmington Amish Community (20 Photos)

Comment #692587 by Erik/Amish America on 27.01.21, 11:11

Gladly, Andrea! Happy you like it, and I certainly enjoy creating these posts. Blessings to you too!

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How can I stay with an Amish family?

Comment #692579 by Eddie Cox on 26.01.21, 20:49

would love to spend some time with a Amish family and learn more of their ways and lifestyle

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Winter In The New Wilmington Amish Community (20 Photos)

Comment #692576 by Andrea Leonard on 26.01.21, 19:13

DEAR FRIENDS,
WITH LOVE AND GRATEFULNESS, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR SHARING THESE BEAUTIFUL
PICTURES OF WINTER IN THE NEW WILMINGTON AMISH COMMUNITY. I LOVE THE AMISH
AND I APPRECIATE WHAT WINTERS ARE TRULY LIKE AS I HAVE LIVED IN MAINE ALL OF MY LIFE FROM THE TIME I WAS BORN, GROWN UP AND COMPLETED SCHOOL HERE, HAVE GONE TO CHURCH HERE ALL OF MY LIFE PLUS WAS MARRIED AND HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR FIFTY SEVEN YEARS AND WE LIVE IN THE HOUSE OUR TWO CHILDREN WERE BROUGHT UP IN. WOW!!! I LOVE ALL OF YOUR AMISH CORRESPONDENCE AND JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BEING SO FAITHFUL IN SHARING EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO WITH ME.
WE ENJOY SEEING IT AND ALSO READING ABOUT IT. MAY GOD BLESS YOU THIS NEW
YEAR AND WE PRAY YOU WILL STAY SAFE AND BE WILL.
PRAYERFULY IN HIS GREAT SERVICE,
YOUR FRIEND,
ANDREA LEONARD
DEXTER,MAINE

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Do The Amish Practice Communism?

Comment #692574 by Jerri on 26.01.21, 18:04

“Reading a few articles” is the realistic method by which most people would educate themselves, so I’m not sure what point you’re trying to make. It behooves me to say the best would be to talk to those who are directly involved with the creation and advocacy of a given idea. What do you do? You’re making the assumption that those who oppose the accepted definitions of communism and socialism haven’t read sympathetic material…for example, I disagree that the cooperative nature of primitive societies is in the same level of complexity to warrant being retroactively called by the same terminology as “communism”, so to your main point I’m going to stick to staying away from considering participation in Habitat for Humanity Communism, or being proud of being called anything related to Communism.
I don’t think anyone in this whole conversation is acting a Scrooge by saying that helping people is a bad thing.
Unless this is a troll. “C’mon, man!”

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Do The Amish Practice Communism?

Comment #692573 by Stephanie Berkey on 26.01.21, 17:27

Janice, that’s quite a family you have, and an upbringing. Thanks for sharing that. My family moved around a lot too, so I can relate somewhat. It can be good for learning many things, including about different cultures. Our upbringing greatly affects our view of the world, but can also contain some inaccuracies, which can be hard to see and accept. Would you agree?

Jordon Peterson does have some unique ideas, but anyone that intelligent will. I don’t like everything he teaches, but find most is helpful to millions of people, especially young men who struggle a lot today for various reasons, mainly from lack of enough good fathering. He does teach using comparisons or analogies, but so did Jesus who compared us to sheep. Jesus also associated with all kinds of people, so I don’t think it’s fair to judge JP by who he hangs out with, though I understand the concern. I’ve never seen him with Stephen Molyneux, but I have seen him with people like Rex Murphy, Dave Rubin, Ben Shapiro, Patrick Bet-David, and Glen Beck. My perception is that his objection to gender identity has more to do with possible unconstitutional laws regarding it than to any phobias. I’ve not seen him participate in hate speech, except hate against ignorance and genocide.

I understand the idea that communism is run like a dictatorship, but it has teachings that are unique and specific only to it. As Jordon Peterson said in the link I shared, in Europe it was peddled as a cure for the poor but that it didn’t work here. Marxists use a tactic of divide and conquer. This is why they stir up discontent and misperceptions in areas of identity. The ones who end up calling the shots don’t really care about the issues nor the people, just the power they gain in dividing people. It doesn’t have the safeguards of the Rule of Law and balance of power of our US Constitution, which was a gift from He that can liberate us from all phobias, false traditions, lies, and indoctrinations.

Can you consider how Jesus suffered and died for us all, and bore every pain, sickness, and oppression, and is willing to help us all our lives to conquer it all? Can you see how that’s’ the exact opposite of a dictatorship?

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Do The Amish Practice Communism?

Comment #692572 by Stephanie Berkey on 26.01.21, 17:12

Eddie, that’s very interesting. Thanks for sharing that. My understanding is all property is owned by the group, so there are no property rights. Do you know if the Hutterites practice infant baptism? My impression is some do because of being pressured to do so in Russia before migrating here.

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Do The Amish Practice Communism?

Comment #692570 by Karen Baker on 26.01.21, 16:39

It amazes me, also, the number of people who think they know so much about any group of people, when all they’ve ever done, is read a few articles.
C’mon! Different cultures, ethnic, religious, political groups help others within their common, all the time. Many help people outside their communities, even. Many engage in communal work, such as planting
, harvesting, cleaning cities of litter, as I pointed out earlier, in things like Habitat for Humanity and so on. I think I mentioned my own union local’s community service programs-I’d like to point out that many schools have similar programs, and that some make these programs mandatory for their students. It doesn’t mean they espouse communism.
People help others people. Some have to be ordered to do it, some just do it. It’s not a sign that someone or a group is communist. It just means, they believe in pulling together, either to simply give an individual a hand, or to help or improve their community.
But, if this is communism to some, well, I’d be proud to be considered a communist. And more people should want to be considered a communist also.

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Do The Amish Practice Communism?

Comment #692565 by Janice Lee Reamer on 26.01.21, 14:36

Stephanie: I have heard of Jordan Peterson. He is popular among right-wingers. In 2016, he spoke out against Canadian law Bill C-16, which added “gender identity or expression” to the Canadian Human Rights Act. The law made it illegal to discriminate based on gender. On his YouTube channel, Peterson has criticized the theory of white privilege as a “Marxist lie” and has claimed masculinity is under attack. Some of what he writes makes sense, but, a lot is racist, homophobic/transphobic and supportive of hate speech. He rails against liberals’ “obsession” with identity. He markets himself as an intellectual who isn’t afraid of asking tough questions, yet, he often blurts out unscientific claims, i.e. his fixation on lobsters, and the supposed similarity between crustaceans and humankind, which he uses to justify the existence of unjust hierarchies. Then there was his promotion of his daughter’s diet of solely beef, salt and water. Peterson hangs out with Stefan Molyneux, a Canadian far-right white nationalist, white supremacist, podcaster and banned YouTuber. He is best known for promoting conspiracy theories, scientific racism, eugenics, and racist views. As of September 2020, Molyneux has been permanently banned or permanently suspended from PayPal, Mailchimp, YouTube, Twitter and SoundCloud, all for violating hate speech policies. As for my knowledge of Marxism, I will say this: as a teen, because my father was a US diplomat for the United Nations, we visited most of Eastern Europe, prior to the “Iron Curtain” coming down. We drove through Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, and Yugoslavia. One of my close high school friends was from Belgrade. She actually ended up working for Tito. Most Eastern Europeans were afraid to be seen speaking to foreigners with big, American cars. Some locals spoke a little English, French or German and were thrilled to speak with us. My mother being French, born and raised in Alsace/Lorraine, grew up speaking French and German and English. We also learned Arabic. I learned how communism affected the wealthy vs the poor. Religion was a no-no, but, some people still secretly practiced it in their homes. I met many Atheists. Despite communism being mandated for everyone, it wasn’t practiced by the powerful or those with lucrative black market businesses. Any country that claims to be communist, is really just a dictatorship. FYI, I grew up in the Middle East because of my father’s job at the UN. I also lived in France for several years. I have two siblings who live in France, and one who who lives in the Middle East. That’s another topic.

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Two Fatal Buggy Crashes Happened On Back-to-Back Days (Ohio & Michigan)

Comment #692563 by Kevin Lindsey on 26.01.21, 13:35

That is so sad to hear. You have to always be careful around horses, as you never know what’s going to spook them. I think your reposting the safe driving hints is a good and very appropriate response to the tragedies. Our prayers fir the victims and their families.

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Amish wood businesses: Furniture craftsmen, carpenters, sawmills and more

Comment #692562 by Miranda Bahr on 26.01.21, 12:55

I have a large amount of White Cedar logs for sale. Already cut down and ready to ship from Michigan.

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Two Fatal Buggy Crashes Happened On Back-to-Back Days (Ohio & Michigan)

Comment #692560 by Diane Palmer on 26.01.21, 12:22

You mentioned your comment the truck driver seeing the horse became nervous meaning he saw the horse acting up he should of stopped and let the horse and buggy pass. I suggest something can be done to prevent these kind of accidents. Prepare another roadway near the road so these horse and buggy travel safe. Perhaps all the land owned near the roadway could be donated and these people can come together to plow another road take up collections to gravel or re-route these trucks to another area if possible. Someone needs to find out who owns the land and help these people establish another roadway to be much safer for Thier travel. You can’t count on horses to always be use to circumstances as these trucks pass. So best solution would be to prepare another roadway for their safety like they have many bike lanes. Thank you for your input but I don’t blame the horse its natural I blame the circumstances of the sharing of the road and someone out in that area should step up and fix this problem so these people can remain safe. They do it for bicycle riders they can do it for these people.

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Two Fatal Buggy Crashes Happened On Back-to-Back Days (Ohio & Michigan)

Comment #692559 by CoraVee Caswell on 26.01.21, 09:12

This is a Swiss Amish settlement, so there are only open buggies.It was on a rather narrow gravel back road. I live a few miles away. I was told by a family member that the truck driver, seeing the horse was getting nervous, had slowed down to 10 mph, but as he went by them, the horse jumped between the truck and the trailer. Barbara was holding the baby, but it was thrown clear, unharmed. She died later in the hospital, surrounded by family. Here they allow family when death is imminent, in spite of covid restrictions. Apparently this accident can only be blamed on the horse. Better roads will not help if a horse goes out of control. And trucks with trailers are common, passing through many times a day, and some of them are loud. Most of their horses are used to it.

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Lehman's Is Getting A New Owner (Updated)

Comment #692556 by Marcus Yoder on 26.01.21, 06:28

No one here is affiliated with Lehman Hardware. Google Lehman, and there is a place to have a catalog sent to you.

Marcus Yoder

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What language do the Amish speak?

Comment #692547 by Peter Brandt-Sørheim on 25.01.21, 22:10

Zu Hause haben wir nur englisch gesprochen. Ich möchte aber deutsch lernen. Jezt bin ich alt (73) und muß jeden Tag was auf deutsch lesen, singen, oder denken. Vielleicht gibt es eines Tages auch die Grlegenheit den Ausbund zu lesen!

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Church

Comment #692545 by Bert on 25.01.21, 21:36

when i was in wisconsin it was mentioned by my teacher i could attend church with him and his family but since i dont understand the language i decided not to go that visit but this next visit ill be there a lot longer so ill go then

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Lehman's Is Getting A New Owner (Updated)

Comment #692536 by Troy J. Heffernan on 25.01.21, 17:48

Can you please send me you’re new 2021 catalog?

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Can Amish marry non-Amish?

Comment #692534 by Troy Heffernan on 25.01.21, 17:22

Are the Amish anti-Semitic?

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Two Fatal Buggy Crashes Happened On Back-to-Back Days (Ohio & Michigan)

Comment #692531 by Diane Palmer on 25.01.21, 16:00

I’m so deeply sadden by this terrible accident. My prayers go out to their families. Thier must be a way to divide the road with barriers or build a separate road just for horse and buggies like they have for bicycle lanes. My heart goes out in sympathy this should not happen. I wish thier was something I could do for thier family.

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Do The Amish Practice Communism?

Comment #692530 by Stephanie Berkey on 25.01.21, 14:57

Jessica, why do you feel JP is a quack?

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Do The Amish Practice Communism?

Comment #692528 by jessica on 25.01.21, 11:43

Jordan Peterson is a quack if ever there was one.

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Sexual Abuse in Amish Communities

Comment #692526 by kirt on 25.01.21, 10:38

well they are afraid they will be exposed too the real world and that are afraid more will leave the community. i feel sorry for some so bright and who knows what they could accomplish, they are not even given a choice and not just education they are ruled by a strict and heavy handed thats the truth

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Do The Amish Practice Communism?

Comment #692509 by EDDIE HINES on 24.01.21, 19:17

THE BIBLE SAYS WE ARE SUPPOSED TO LIVE IN COMMON WITH OUR NEIGHBOR AND KEEP OUR GRAINERYS FULL. COMMUNISM AS IT IS PRACTICED TODAY IS STATE SOCIALISM, REAL COMMUNISM IS LIVEING IN COMMON WITH YOUR NEIGHBOR.THE AMISH DO NOT REALLY LIVE COMMUNALLY TOGETHER BUT THEY DO SUPPORT EACH OTHER. THE HUTTERITES LIVE COMUNALLY TOGETHER AS DO THE BRUDERHOF.

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