I haven’t had much time to provide new content these last couple of days. For that I apologize. But it hasn’t been all work. In the background and during breaks the cable was tuned to the NatGeo channel and their specials on the Amish. Up til now they seemed a little weird, fairly harmless, and in some ways worthy of respect: for they truly live their beliefs. After learning more, though, I am appalled.
The Amish restrict their children to an eighth grade education. Men and women work from dawn to dusk, toiling endlessly. They take the Old Testament pretty damn literally, meaning they’re no doubt Young Earth Creationists and a bunch of other medieval shit. They arbitrarily set their technology at pre-industrial age levels. Pulleys and levels, OK, gears and hammers, fine, but anything with electricity or reciprocating engines are verboten.
I might be able to get past all that nonsense, live and let live, right? This is after all America, where freedom of religion isn’t merely valued, it’s a Constitutional Right, enumerated in the very first amendment of the Bill of Rights. Freedom of religion or from religion may not always be observed — the tyranny of the majority is on full display here in every age. But we try, as a people, sometimes we even succeed. The Amish have that same right as anyone else. What they do is not illegal.
But some of it is frankly revolting.
I didn’t realize how it worked until NatGeo filled me in. It turns out if anyone in the those communities thirsts for more knowledge or freedom, and wants to go into the world to quench it, they’re shunned. Culturally exiled. Even their parents and siblings cannot have any contact with them.
They’re not the only religion that pulls this crap. There’s a long, long list of religious codas policed by control freaks that hand out similar torture. But it paints a big stripe of ugly down the back of people who pride themselves on non violence and love. They enforce unnecessary misery and a lifetime of suffering, typically inflicted on the most vulnerable, powerless members. The kind of practice that leaves a person emotionally hobbled for life. That’s Sick. That”s Pathological. That’s Evil. And the Amish sound proud of it.
Fuck the Amish. Fuck them, fuck their ignorant elders, and fuck whole sick, twisted miserable cult.