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Amish beard cutters face possible prison terms
Telegraph ^ | 9/16/12 | Philip Sherwell

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.

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1 posted on 09/16/2012 7:20:56 PM PDT by listenhillary
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To: listenhillary

We need some enterprising country music artist to write a song entitled “Good Amish Gone Bad!”


2 posted on 09/16/2012 7:25:13 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: listenhillary

Prison for snipping, nada for smuggling AK’s....


3 posted on 09/16/2012 7:27:23 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: The Duke

If you’ve never heard them, you’re in for a treat.
http://www.electricamish.com/

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


4 posted on 09/16/2012 7:32:23 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: The Duke

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!


5 posted on 09/16/2012 7:33:53 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: listenhillary

They sound like GOP presidential material.


6 posted on 09/16/2012 7:40:03 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: listenhillary

what are the FR Amish (Muslims :) to do?

7 posted on 09/16/2012 7:42:23 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
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To: listenhillary

The guy behind the shearing is named Mullet?


8 posted on 09/16/2012 7:49:37 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: listenhillary

Sounds lak a “hate crime”!!


9 posted on 09/16/2012 7:50:08 PM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: listenhillary
Everytime I see this video, I just have to laugh.
10 posted on 09/16/2012 7:54:13 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: CrazyIvan

Yup. Truth is stranger than fiction.


11 posted on 09/16/2012 8:21:19 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Election 2012 - America stands or falls. No more excuses. Get involved.)
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12 posted on 09/16/2012 9:12:55 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: listenhillary
What's this about Amish barbers?


13 posted on 09/16/2012 9:15:14 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: The Duke

I thought Amish Beard Cutters sounded like a good name for a band.


14 posted on 09/16/2012 9:15:42 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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