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  • jad1148 jad1148 Oct 31, 2003 5:54 AM Flag

    Amish-Mennonites &c

    Hi MarknMT,

    If you want to read more about the Amish this is a very good book:

    Our Amish Neighbors
    by William Ildephonse Schreiber, William Schrieber, Sybil Gould (Illustrator)
    http: //

    The author was a German professor at the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, back in the late 1960s when I went to college. Our German professor (Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio) arranged a one day bus tour of the Amish hosted by Professor Schreiber. We toured the countryside around Sugercreek, visited a cheese factory, buggy works and had lunch at an Amish farm house. I was so enamored of their lifestyle that I bought his book as a Christmas present to myself in 1969.

    Unfortunately, there is a dark side to their way of life that is detailed chapter 4, pages 97 - 117.

    The "problem" is detailed below, which is taken in large part from that book. Sad, really sad.

    Ostracism on Trial: The Limits of Individual Rights
    http: //

    Jump down to the following section:


    On March 24, 1947, Andy J. Yoder filed a civil suit in the Common Pleas Court in Wooster, Ohio, asking $40,000 damages and a court injunction against Ostracism perpetuated against him by representatives of the Old Order Amish Church to which he had previously belonged. Ostracism or �Meidung� as practiced by the Old Order Amish is a Commandment of the church going back to the year 1632, when Article 17 of the Dortrecht Confession of Faith established this means of disciplining church members.

    The plaintiff, 33 years old, father of seven children, was represented by two attorneys. The local newspaper (Wooster Daily Record) described him during the trial as frail and pale, but speaking with a distinct clear voice. �His manner showed signs of ostracism which made him feel like a �whipped dog.�� 3 Andy Yoder explained the reason for his action: his daughter Lizzie was one year old in 1942 when he purchased a car and as a consequence was shunned. Due to some physical ailment, originally attributed to poliomyelitis, Lizzie needed prolonged medical treatment twice a week in Wooster, approximately 15 miles away from the farm on which the Yoders lived. Fearing the consequences that might arise from the purchase of the car, a 1937 Chevrolet, Yoder had left the church and joined another more liberal one. The plaintiff explained to the court that he had filed suit because he saw no other way to assure the survival of himself and his family. �Meidung,� so he explained, meant �slow death� in the rural setting in which he, a farmer, lived.

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