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Amish Propaganda

Anyone watching all the recent Amish "Programming on tele-vision?"
The first show I saw was "Amish Behaving Badly," followed by, "Breaking Amish, then The Hutterites, and now it's the Amish Mafia."

I have seen these shows, and each show is progressivly getting worse and they in no way represent the people I have met. When I first saw the advertisements for the shows to air, I said to a friend:

"Watch, the end-purpose of these shows will soley be about down grading the Amish. In the end, The programmers will seek to make them out to appear to be nothing more than royal-backward-hillbilly-baffoons."

Now, these recent shows have gone far beyond making them out to be just the royal-backward-hillbilly-baffoons but they are now hell bent on making them out to appear dementedly Evil, with a capital "E" and the programmers are always portraying them as using the Bible to justify that evil.

Are the Amish perfect? Of course not, they have their problems, like every other human and everyone knows that. But then again, all humans already understand that part of the human dynamic so I need not explain or defend something we already understand.

As usual much of what gets aired on "reality TV" is not real TV. It is cut, edited and there are quite often actors. Who's behind this? What is the objective of this smear?

Just for the record, IMO the saboteurs, such as these that broadbrush-target people they don't even know are amongst some of the lowest forms of life on the planet. Show some respect.

Programming = To train or regulate the mind or senses to preform in a given way.

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As a friend tells me, most TV preaches hatefulness.

But no, I haven't watched the shows.

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Agreed rusty

Just trying to put a little balance into this. TV's tearing them apart and they are not recognizing any of they're better traits (of course). Although they have they're problems, without question, I would like to see some of the other side shown too. As like all things, for some that kind of lifestyle works for them.

Because: Some animals are more equal than other animals. -Animal Farm-

What the? > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MTIwY3_-ks

"They keep children isolated and uneducated"

That is not true. Like any other, there may be instances. But for the most part they are educated, have businesses and interact, and often seen out and about. I live but a couple of miles away from them :-)

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

They do not keep their children isolated

At least to once the get to their teen years. They do mostly keep to themselves, especially with the younger children, but they are exposed to the outside world through business contacts, and later through work. Teens are rather encougaged to "sow their wild oats" before formally making the adult decision to join the church. MAny fall away and do not ever come back. They are cut off from the community, but then again it was always their decision, and they knew the consequences. As far as I know none are ever coerced into staying amish. My experience comes from growing up on the edge of an amish community near Bowling Green MO. We had several family friends amongst the amish families, did plenty of business and even swapped family dinners during the holidays some. Some of my older siblings even sat in at the local amish school on occasion while homeschooling, at least enough to learn all the proper swear words in the low german dialect. It is my understanding that they were among the more conservative groups of amish, but they were always completely open with us (we were catholic by religion) about anything and everything we ever asked. I have also met many who made the choice to leave the church, and they almost always seem to be "damaged goods" i.e. abusive, lazy, welfare addicted, vindictive, name the bad trait, and they generally seemed to have it. I only know of one family who left the amish and was fairly normal, this woman was shunned for some reason that I was never clear on, but continued to live a simple humble life. I still sometimes stop in when I am down visiting my parents.

Josh Brueggen
Jack of all Trades
Precinct Commiteeman Precinct 5 Rock Island Co Illinois

I met some Mennonites when I lived in No. Idaho

in the late 90's. Went to they're church once just to see what it was like.

Because: Some animals are more equal than other animals. -Animal Farm-

What the? > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MTIwY3_-ks