Amish mob violence

by on October 12, 2011 at 2:17 pm in Uncategorized | Permalink

An Amish mob is accused of breaking into several homes and cutting off the beards and hair of other Amish men.

Now, the group is the focus of four police investigations in Ohio.

Police say the assaults are the work of members of the “Bergholz Clan.”

In one attack, the men allegedly packed a horse-drawn buggy, rode to a home and cut the hair off some men and women in the house.

The violent haircuts are meant to humiliate and punish those Amish who are supposedly weak in the faith.

The link is here, hat tip goes to Yana.

Andreas Moser October 12, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Reminds me of “Witness”, the 1985 film.

msgkings October 12, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Reminds me of Weird Al Yankovic’s “Amish Paradise”

Bong Hits for Hitler October 12, 2011 at 9:14 pm

+1

affe October 12, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Barn raisings are a community affair, and so apparently are barn invasions. There be no Amish libertarians, it seems.

JWatts October 12, 2011 at 3:31 pm

That would be the exact opposite of their point of view. I believe they are communitarians.

Dredd October 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm

This is code talk for the republican debates – right?

Newman October 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm

The birth of the Amish Taliban

Joshua October 12, 2011 at 5:19 pm

They’re only supposed to shave half the beard.

Biblical illiteracy run amok!

mark October 12, 2011 at 5:30 pm

It’s hard to do a “drive by” with a horse and buggy.

Pandaemoni October 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm

They found a way.

Finch October 13, 2011 at 11:47 am

The Amish are all about innovation.

K. October 12, 2011 at 7:05 pm

What goes “clip clop clip clop bang bang bang clip clop clip clop?”

An Amish drive by shooting.

TGGP October 15, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Too many bangs, they don’t use modern guns.

Edward Burke October 12, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Could they use scissors or were they obliged to use sickles? I assume straight razors just wouldn’t . . . . errr ummm uhhh, cut it.

Borealis October 12, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Of course it is a “Drive-By Amish Shearing!”

Robert W October 12, 2011 at 9:18 pm

More Amish behaving badly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWFG4oEn87E

Peter Schaeffer October 12, 2011 at 10:51 pm

I have a question for the folks at this site.

How many of you have actually spoken with an Amish person at least once in your life?

Seen one up close?

Been inside an Amish home or place of business?

Veridical Driver October 12, 2011 at 11:19 pm

I am on rumspringa right now!

Claudia Sahm October 13, 2011 at 5:55 am

Peter’s questions got me thinking… It is a lot of fun to poke fun of people you don’t know or understand. (Some of you are quite creative.) Behavior on blogs like this one can also make for lively jokes over lunch among people who think blogs are a waste of time. Personally, I think the “safest” humor is when we make fun of ourselves (without beating ourselves up). I have met some Amish, even been privileged to visit some families in their homes. The people I met all seemed very decent and hardworking…of course they did also seem human. At least beards grow back. Domestic/community violence among the non-Amish is often much worse.

Andrew' October 13, 2011 at 7:10 am

How many of you have actually spoken with an Amish person at least once in your life? Yes

Seen one up close? Yes

Been inside an Amish home or place of business? Don’t remember.

zbicyclist October 13, 2011 at 9:40 am

This is an excellent point. The Amish are apart by choice. Last summer my daughter and I were talking bicycles with an Amish small businessman in Indiana, and he invited us to stay in their garage that night. His family was having a party and so we got to meet a lot of their neighbors. I left with a lot of respect for the Amish.

However, on the basis of a 16 hour association with one Amish community, I’m not pontificating.

Peter Schaeffer October 13, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Thank you

Jason October 13, 2011 at 11:34 am

Who cares? I for one have never met an Amish person and I don’t feel at all guilty laughing at their expense. As a community, they are extraordinarily ridiculous.

mark October 13, 2011 at 12:41 pm

When I lived in Phila in the 80s, frequently shopped at Amish businesses in Reading Terminal Market.

Ramagopal October 12, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Milton and Rose Friedman in Free To Choose accuse the U.S government of intolerance towards the religious sentiments of the Amish. Turns out Amish can be violently intolerant of their own brethren.

techreseller October 13, 2011 at 11:08 am

If this passes for violence, then a number of US cities would pay for this sort of violence to the be the worst. Cutting hair while a personal violation is not long term harmful. Against the law? Yes SHould the perpetrators be punished? Yes. Is it a big deal? Compared to NYC, Washington DC, Chicago, LA etc. No way.

Bob Knaus October 13, 2011 at 11:57 am

I am probably the only regular commenter on this blog who was raised among “plain people” such as the Amish. My family belongs to the Old German Baptist Brethren, who are similar in appearance and doctrine but have cars and electricity. I left the faith many years ago, but remain fairly conversant with Amish (and more broadly “Anabaptist”) culture and outlook.

The actions of the “Berholz Clan” are diametrically opposed to Amish values. No wonder they are outcasts. No true believer in any conservative Anabaptist group would use violence to impose his beliefs on others, or indeed engage in violence of any sort towards another human. A good measure of the faith of those who beards were cut off would be whether they offered any resistance or not. A true believer would submit to the indignity rather than use violence in self defence. Also, it is likely that the police investigation will go nowhere. Believers will not generally press charges, and will be very reluctant witnesses, again preferring to suffer indignity rather have unbelievers judge their cases.

All of this may sound odd to modern readers, but to those within the circle of faith it is a source of community and comfort.

The Anti-Gnostic October 13, 2011 at 1:34 pm

All of this may sound odd to modern readers, but to those within the circle of faith it is a source of community and comfort.

In a couple of decades, ‘modern’ will mean ‘Mormon.’ Everybody else will be Muslim, Anabaptist, Catholic or Hasidim.

TGGP October 15, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Your beliefs about Catholics are anachronistic.

Ed October 13, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Bob Knaus, thank you for your observations.

There is follow up to this story. Five suspects have been arrested.

See:
http://www.holmesbargainhunter.com/article/20111011/NEWS/710119867/0/hbh
and see also:
http://amishamerica.com/amish-beard-attacks/#comments
for further comments and discussion.

Michael Carroll October 14, 2011 at 5:30 pm

If these were Hasidim instead of Amish would everyone find this so amusing? Post-worthy even?

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