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Henry Fisher says...I have watched your videos about the amish and want to respond regarding them.
First, I want to identify myself.I am all but 70 yrs old and have been a believer in Christ for 40 some yrs. I was born and raised amish in the heart of Lanc. Co. PA.Lived the typical rebellious young amish life,working on the farm and doing construction work. Meet and married a wonderful gal of a prominent amish family fro Bird-in Hand Pa ," settled down" raised a family of seven,all married now with 29 grand children.We were excommunicated after we received Christ as our personal savior.We are currently living in central PA.
I agree with you that the amish as a whole are uneducated,spiritually anemic and theologically
in the dark. However it is my opinion you should do more research before you publish your material on YT. Many of the things you mention regarding their practice and traditions are to my knowledge not true at all or should be attributed to a small isolated minority.
The greater issue I have is with the video"amish deception" I am not suggesting that the things Mr. Yoder wrote are not true,or haven't been his experience.It it quite obvious he was in a very dysfunctional family situation.He was with a group we called "Nebraska amish" similar to the Swartzentruber amish.These small groups are the most backward, primitive,ignorant an uncouth sect of people I have ever seen. Even as a former amishmen, I am appalled with their disgusting
appearence,smell and mannerism .Mr Yoder's experience and the experiences he relates are not that of the typical amish life! To paint the amish with such a broad brush is, in my opinion very uncharitable and is poor journalism at it's best! As before mentioned,I totally agree with you regarding their spiritual deficencies but to give the impression that in general the amish are abusive and immoral is just not true! Yes, there have been those isolated incidents of abuse,incest and the like but I know that 99% of the amish people try to live morally upright,honest lives. To use material written by an angry disgruntled formally abused amish man is probably not the most reliable or accurate resource. For a more comprehensive and balanced view I would suggest "Amish society" by John Hostetler, who was also formally an amishman.Mr Hostetler grew up contemporary with Mr Yoder In the central Pa area.
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