Amish quarrels, when they do happen, normally result in either reconciliation, banning and shunning, and/or just more Amish factions. Their founder, Jakob Ammann, discovered the non-reconciliatory end of hard-core Anabaptist living the hard way–that’s what you get for trying to dis’ us, fool!
The new trend is not so much to shun, but to, apparently, forcibly shave a person’s beard off. You know, if they refuse to agree with you over the ever so important doctrinal issue pertaining to buttons and zippers or, perhaps, 14th century Franciscan bowl cuts, then break into their house, hold ’em down and starting giving those kids a wig trim. Because, that’s how they roll . . . or buggy.
Honestly, I keep waiting for a reporter from The Onion to pop up saying, “Silly English. You’ll fall for anything.”
Yep. Anytime now . . . anytime.
So, thanks a lot, guys. Just when I was thinking about how punk rock you are in terms of nonviolence you gotta’ go and get all Catholic and Protestant on me.
Seriously, thanks a lot.
Take it away Weird Al’.
About the Author
Tripp York teaches religious studies at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. He is the author of more than half a dozen books including, Third Way Allegiance, The Purple Crown, and Living on Hope While Living in Babylon. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming three-volume collection called the Peaceable Kingdom Series. An actor and a lighting designer, Tripp also surfs and spends his weekends shoveling elephant and giraffe poop.