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Leaving the Amish; Update on Morristown, New York

This is a very well-written, heartfelt, poignant piece showcasing a man's musings about growing up Amish and then leaving the church.  I like this essay a lot because it's not the typical "let's trash the church after I'm gone" piece. The essay is nuanced and sincere, you can almost feel the tug towards and away from the Amish church that the author feels.  Click here to read this rare, well-written piece.

Meanwhile, an update - from the prosecution's viewpoint - was published in the Watertown, New York paper today about a controversial case in nearby Morristown.  Ten conservative Amish men are being charged with building homes without a permit, but the local municipality is running low on funds to prosecute the case. 

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Re: Leaving the Amish; Update on Morristown, New York

"A mind is like a parachute. It doesnt work if it's not open."- Frank Zappa


What a very nice, thoughtful essay.  I, too, enjoyed the fact that he didn't bash his upbringing, but that he found it just wasn't the life he was meant to lead. 

 In my small hometown of Kahoka, MO, a couple of years ago there was a book published by a local ex-Amish man, speaking of his horrible upbringing and his eventual shunning by the church.  Everyone in town read it, and was horrified about what was written.  I read the book, as well, because my grandma bought a copy since the author was then a member of her Baptist church.  I will admit, it was chock full of violence, incest, beastiality, and other horrible things.   Many of the people who read the book took it for gospel, and that ALL Amish were secretly these horrible people.  After this book was publishe, I believe some of the mentioned Amish did ended up leaving the area, probably out of ridicule more than anything else.    I remember having a heated discussion with my grandma re: the issue... she didn't even finish the book after the first sentences of animal cruelty she came across.  I tried to convince her that ALL cultures, religions, etc. contain SOME individuals that do some very unkind things, and that this book was only a depiction of ONE family in one Amish community.  I don't think I ever convinced her of that Frown.

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