posted on Jul, 25 2009 @ 07:20 PM
I live in northern Pennsylvania, just a few hours north of America's "Amish Country". I grew up in a small town in west central New York state.
When I was very young, the first family of Amish moved in to the area, from Lancaster county PA. At the time, almost everyone in the entire area were
happy to see the new diversity move in. Many thought the Amish lifestyle was one to envy and respect. Once or twice a day, you would see a horse and
buggy come through town.
When I was 9 years old, my parents became friends with one Amish family that live in the next town. Both my parents worked full time. Some way, some
how, they convinced this Amish family, to babysit me for 6 days a week, from noon until 6pm. After about 2 weeks of being babysat by them, the truth
of their ways became suddenly clear. I witnessed the Amish mother, physically beat her kids whenever they would speak or act out of line. I mean beat
them. She would use a stick, a hand carved paddle or her large wooden cooking spoon....to spank and/or hit them. Sometimes she hit them square in
their backs with these items.
Unfortunately for me, I acted up one day while I was there. Her kids had been playing with one of those jumbo plastic baseball bats (some of you will
remember those). I can't recall what I did, but I do recall the mother grabbing me around the shoulders from behind, and hitting the backs of my bare
legs atleast 8 times with that damn bat. I was welted for days. Needless to say, that was my last time there. Nothing could be done about it, as the
Amish seem to have this unwritten immunity from the Law. Their governing council forbids Police interaction. In fact, the only time the Amish are
dealt with by Police or Courts, is if a murder has taken place.
Years later, as my teen years arrived....so did several more Amish families. In a 7 year span, our little "chunk" of the region saw the arrival of
over 100 new Amish families. They built many sawmills, schools, furniture shops, farms and Amish Stores (to serve their people). Soon, the annoying
sounds of horse hooves on the paved roads echoed in everyones ears constantly every day. And every 500 feet on the sides of the roads and town
streets, saw collections of horse feces. Do they stop and clean up after their horses? No.
To add to all my experiences with these Amish people, is the simple fact of their lack of personal hygiene practices, that spreads viruses in many
rural areas. In this coming age of Swine Flu and other viruses, the Amish act as carriers. They do not believe in using Purell, most disinfectants, or
immunizations/vaccines of ANY kind. The clinic in the town where I grew up, sees an overwhelming influx of sickened people who are in direct contact
with Amish, every winter.
Local school districts ALLOW the Amish children to ride the school buses, however, the buses drop them off at the AMISH schools. Most Amish in NY and
PA, do NOT pay school taxes or several other state/federal mandated taxes. Amish have the right to deny ordered jury duty, simply because "its not in
Not only have I seen child abuse within several Amish families, I have also seen them forcing their little 3 year old children to sweat in the barns
and fields, working like the adults and teenagers. They also practice INCEST. In numerous Amish families, they're teenage sons and daughters are
expected to "breed" atleast once.
Amish will buy houses that the "English" have built, rip out the electric wires and plumbing, rendering these houses pretty much worthless by any
future "non-Amish" people who wish to purchase them. Amish will also buy large tracts of forested land, strip it of its trees for money, and then
abandon the land, moving on to a new area, to do the same there.
These are all facts, that I have witnessed in my life around these people. I am not the only one that knows of all this either.
So, I wonder, how are the Amish allowed to get away with all these things and more? Our government PROTECTS them, citing the Amish religion as its
"excuse". Because of their religion, the Amish go unpunished, uninvestigated and continue to break OUR laws of OUR land that they destroy. If any
person who is NOT Amish, tried to get away with ANY of the things they do....they would be locked up immediately.
I believe, regardless of their chosen religion, the Amish should have to live by our laws as we have to. They live in the US, so they should have to
live as an American is expected to by law. They should have to pay all the same taxes we do, follow all same laws we do, and be just as vulnerable to
prosecution by a court, as we all are.
No religion should be allowed to make its followers immune from the laws of the land on which they reside.
[edit on 7/25/2009 by MadDogtheHunter]