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Is Beard Cutting a Hate Crime?

Donald Kraybill | Posted 10.27.2014 | Religion
Donald Kraybill

Did Congress intend for the hate crimes statute to cover religiously motivated violence within a religious group? Does beard cutting, as temporary disfigurement, qualify as a form of bodily injury for a hate crime victim?

Amish Couple Charged In Hair Cutting Attacks Return To Life After Prison

Reuters | Kim Palmer | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - Amish farmer Raymond Miller developed a taste for Mountain Dew soda, got his GED, and wonders if he should get a pool table after learning...

Bishop Was 'Amish Dr. Ruth' Before Beard-Cutting Attacks

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 12.06.2012 | Crime

Blessed with a heavenly singing voice and unfazed by tough inmates, the Amish bishop convicted of hate crimes against other Amish said he's won the re...

Amish Beard-Cutting Attacks Fueled By Compassion?

Religion News Service | James F. McCarty | Posted 08.30.2012 | Religion

CLEVELAND (RNS) No one disputes that followers of Amish bishop Samuel Mullet Sr. used horse-mane shears last year to forcibly cut the beards and hair ...

Members Of Fringe Amish Group: Word 'Cult' Should Be Banned From Hate-Crime Trial

Religion News Service | Brandon Blackwell | Posted 08.16.2012 | Religion

CLEVELAND (RNS) Members of a fringe Amish group charged with committing hate crimes against fellow Amish have requested that certain words, including ...

Amish Hair-Cutting Case Grows -- 4 Women Busted

Reuters | Posted 05.30.2012 | Crime

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND, March 29 (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors have expanded a hate crimes case against followers of Ohio Amish sec...

Lawyers For Accused Amish Beard-Cutting Gang Challenge Hate Crime

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 03.07.2012 | Crime

An Amish sect accused of cutting off the beards of its rivals in Ohio is now challenging the constitutionality of the hate crime law under which they ...

Amish Detainee Says Home Electricity OK If It Gets Him Out Of Jail

Posted 01.20.2012 | Religion

By Pat Galbincea Religion News Service CLEVELAND (RNS) The leader of an Amish splinter sect who is being held in jail on federal hate crime charge...

Amish Defendants Plead Not Guilty To Beard-Cutting Attacks

Reuters | Posted 03.12.2012 | Crime

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Twelve members of an Amish splinter group in Ohio pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to char...

Beard-Cutting Attacks Throw Spotlight On Amish Sect

Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion

By Aaron Marshall Religion News Service CARROLLTON, Ohio (RNS) Arlene Miller's 15-year-old daughter had just awakened her and her husband, Myron, ...

Ben Muessig

WATCH: 4 Arrested In Amish Beard-Cutting Attacks | Ben Muessig | Posted 12.10.2011 | Crime

After several Amish people were held down against their will and given unwanted haircuts, police have arrested four members of a rival Amish group. ...

Michael McLaughlin

Amish On Amish Violence: Rogue Sect Cutting Off Rivals' Beards | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 12.07.2011 | Crime

Sheriff's deputies are closing in on suspects from a troublemaking Amish splinter group in Ohio who have broken into homes and cut off the beards and ...