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Is Beard Cutting a Hate Crime?

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 4:01 PM

Nearly two years ago, in September 2012, a federal jury in Cleveland answered "yes" to that question after three weeks of deliberation. The jury convicted Sam Mullet Sr., bishop of a renegade Amish clan, and 15 of his followers for forcibly cutting off the beards of Amish men in nighttime...

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Fake Amish and the Real Ones

(113) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 6:04 PM

TLC has found another crew of renegade Amish and Mennonite youth to cast for Breaking Amish on July 21st. If the LA version is anything like the previous Breaking Amish or Discovery Channel's Amish Mafia, not only will the "reality" show include heavy doses of fiction,...

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Amish Memorials: The Nickel Mines Pasture and Quiet Forgiveness

(4) Comments | Posted September 30, 2011 | 10:00 AM

Charles Carl Roberts IV shot 10 young girls execution-style and then killed himself in the one-room Nickel Mines Amish School on Oct. 2, 2006. His rage left five of the girls dead and the others fighting for their lives in regional trauma centers.

Swift expressions of grace from the...

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The Patient and Disciplined Faith of the Amish

(272) Comments | Posted November 6, 2010 | 5:12 AM

Oct. 2 marked the fourth anniversary of the tragic schoolhouse shooting in Nickel Mines, Penn., when a non-Amish neighbor unleashed his anger toward God for allowing his firstborn daughter to die nine years earlier. He shot 10 young Amish girls execution style, killing five and seriously injuring the rest before...

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