Bitchin’ About the Amish

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Back up the short bus for a moment.

On T.V. this morning, I saw an Amish woman making a statement to the media condemning the “secular world”, because lying is taught in public schools.

Wait, what?

So, the Amish eschew our way of life, but when some nut critically injures a few of their kids, suddenly they’re begging for us to stick their kids in ambulances and rush them to the hospital? One of the girls who recently died was on a life support system! Talk about modern technology.

I’m not trying to be insensitive. Those poor girls are dying for no good reason; they deserve every chance to live. But who’s going to pay the hospital bill? It sure as shit won’t be the Amish; they don’t have health insurance.

What really pisses me off that after this happened, while children from their community were dying in a hospital, they had the gall to tell us what assholes we are.

You know, at least one of the Amish guys was wearing sunglasses. Isn’t that against the rules? And what about the woman who made a statement to the press? Shouldn’t she be shunned from the community? If they want me to respect the whole “graven images” thing by not taking pictures of them when I’m in Pennsylvania, they shouldn’t be holding press conferences on national television.

Fucking hypocrite Amish.

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  1. I think the Amish pay for the hostpitl bills with money they make selling their goods and services. I don’t think they take charity from the “English” but i could eb wrong about this.

  2. According to the Wikipedia entry on the Amish, “Because they refuse to take out health insurance, Amish sometimes encounter difficulty receiving medical. A handful of American hospitals, starting in the mid 1990s, created special outreach programs to assist the Amish.”

    This, combined with the fact that many other “capable” people don’t pay their hospital bills, leads me to believe that the Amish would also not pay the hospital.

    After all, could they really be making enough money on the good they sell to pay for healthcare costs? “Normal people” who make tens of thousands of dollars a year can’t even afford some of the medical bills.

  3. I figured that since they didn’t really spend money on much of anything else then they would have a store of “just incase money.” But like I’ve said I don’t really know. Plus they charge a fucking lot for their quilts and other crafts.

  4. There are some very wealthy Amish and although they do not take out conventional insurance (something to do with God’s will), they do have church community emergency fund pools that about 80 percent of the families feed money into. They will use that in certain situations and in this case, they are accepting donations. One of the Blue Cross insurance companies has already put up $500,000 toward expenses and a number of other businesses are doing the same.

    This is a better source on the Amish than Wikipedia. It explains a number of the misconceptions. I must have missed the woman you saw condemning the “secular world.” But we go to Amish country often — the school is about 30-40 minutes from our home — and have never felt anything but good will.

    On another note, I like your Friday Funday entries.

  5. Thanks for your insights Jeffrey.

    I should point out that I didn’t mean for this post to convey that I have any sort of contempt for the Amish. I just wanted to point out that the Amish, who have a reputation for being altruistic aren’t as “kind and gentle” as they’re perceived to be. That having been said, and as you point out, they really are nice people.

    A few days ago, I had a conversation about the woman who was talking to the press and someone made the point that the media chose to put her on the air and not the dozen other women standing behind her who (probably) weren’t blaming the “secular world.” Selective editing goes a long way toward the public’s perception of things, and this is probably a fantastic example of that.

    I still disagree with the Amish, or anyone, getting “hand outs” simply because of some notion that they’re a good person or people, no matter how true that may be, and especially when that “goodness” is built upon religious beliefs. I think we have more than enough proof that even the hyper-devout are not always good people (even Mother Theresa wasn’t the philanthropist she was made out to be), while Atheists and Pagans tend to be, no pun intended, much more down to earth.

  6. Good points …

    Being a member of the media myself (News Editor for a newspaper), I’m especially aware of what a little selective editing and sound bites can do. And I also lean heavily away from thinking “religious” equals “goodness.” I’ve found that it’s not the religious part of the lifestyle that has impressed me over the years and I think that’s why in this area there is so much of an outpouring of desire to help. It’s more because — for the most part — they are good neighbors, hard workers and friendly people who would never ask for a handout and generally do not accept them.

    Here’s something you won’t hear anywhere else. During Canada goose and duck season, one of my brothers hunts on an Amishman’s property (with permission) and gives the Amish family most of the birds to eat. My youngest brother smokes and would always have a pack of cigarettes in his truck. After he realized some of his smokes went missing from his truck each time he hunted in that farmer’s field, he decided to hunker down in the field near his truck one time and watch what happened. Not too long after he walked away from the truck and got settled in the field, he said he saw one of the little Amish boys sneak down to his truck and take a few of the cigarettes. He said he’d only take two or three, but every time he hunts there, it happens.

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