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Alert: 16-Year-Old Amish Girl Missing

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is running a story today about a missing 16-year-old Amish girl.  Hopefully they'll find the 52-year-old man who was last with her and he can lead them to the girl.  I've run into this a surprising number of times in my dealings with the Amish:  some quixotic non-Amish person thinks it is their job to "protect" the poor, vulnerable Amish person or to "shepherd them out of the Amish" into our "wonderful civilized world."    Both views are, in the end, condescending and patronizing.  Amish people are perfectly capable of choosing their own religious route and personal journey.  So hopefully this character will step aside and lead police to the girl. Click here to read more.

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