Skip to comments.Amish beard cutters face possible prison terms
Posted on 09/16/2012 7:20:53 PM PDT by listenhillary
Sitting on the back of a horse-drawn hay-cart on his dairy farm in the rolling rural heartland of Amish country, Andy Hershberger gripped his foot-long beard as replayed the struggle with assailants wielding hair-clippers.
"They were holding me down and had already got a chunk of the hair from my head," he explained. "They had my beard in their hands like this and they were ready to shear it when the clippers broke."
For his 77-year-old father Raymond, a bishop in the fundamentalist Protestant sect, there was no such good fortune. The attackers cut off his long white beard and much of the hair from his head before they fled into the night.
In what prosecutors claim was a vindictive rampage of spiritual grudge-settling, the Hershbergers were two of nine Amish victims shorn in such attacks in central Ohio. After a three-week trial in Cleveland, a jury is now deliberating whether this was indeed a religious hate crime or, as the defence contends, the equivalent of a family feud.
What is not in dispute is that the attacks were conducted by followers of Samuel Mullet, a rival Amish bishop who controlled his breakaway faction with some decidedly un-Amish tactics, according to courtroom testimony.
Also in no doubt is that the trial is throwing an unprecedented focus on the traditions and tenets of a reclusive community that eschews most technological advances of the last 100 years, prizes humility and shies away from confrontation. It is a spotlight that the Amish find deeply uncomfortable.
Mr Mullet's critics claim he was effectively running a cult. The court has heard testimony, unchallenged by the defence, that he imposed "sexual counselling" on married women and punished men he deemed sinners by forcing them to spend several days in a chicken coop.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
We need some enterprising country music artist to write a song entitled “Good Amish Gone Bad!”
Prison for snipping, nada for smuggling AK’s....
If you’ve never heard them, you’re in for a treat.
Barn To Be Wild
by the Electric Amish
Cut 1 We Are An Amish Band (MP3)
Cut 2 Black Bonnet Girls
Cut 3 Come Together (and Build A Barn)
Cut 4 Mennonite Blues
Cut 5 Amish Lady
Cut 6 My Congregation
Cut 7 Barn To Be Wild
Cut 8 Amish Country Blues
Cut 9 Mennonite Girl
Cut 10 A Girl On
Well just darn! These perps should be employed by the court at Fort Hood and take care of that beard on Nidal Hasan! Then let’s get on with the trial!
They sound like GOP presidential material.
The guy behind the shearing is named Mullet?
Sounds lak a “hate crime”!!
Yup. Truth is stranger than fiction.
I thought Amish Beard Cutters sounded like a good name for a band.
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