A film on the Amish and those that leave

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  • days of future passed
    days of future passed

    It's a simple but telling film of two families that leave the Amish. They experience what JW's do when leaving. The film maker has a slow but interesting view of what goes on in the Amish religion as well as the challenges that the two families have. Although I was sad that they went from that religion to another, at least it is a little less restrictive.


  • dubstepped

    Interesting, I'll have to check it out. I have interviewed two Amish for my podcast, and a Mennonite. According to the one Amish person I have edited and up officially on the podcast, Torah, there is an issue with Amish leaving and joining super conservative kind of militant Christian religions. I guess it makes sense that they may be drawn to fundamentalist religions and only get partially free. I'm commenting in part to mark this. Hopefully I'll be able to get some time to watch and remember to. Thanks for sharing this.

  • careful

    I know one ex-Amish chap who left that faith along with 4 of his 10 siblings. 5 stayed and 5 left. Those who leave are completely cut off, like JWs. The 5 who left are very tight. They provide support for one another. The one I know is very bitter about his past religion and the family who cut him off. He tells me his siblings who left are too. Sound familiar?

  • dubstepped

    So I just watched it. Holy crap that was depressing. I'm not sure if this new evangelical thing is better or worse. It was all so bleak, and the dad's didn't care about their kids one bit. It was all about serving the lord and worries about money while they did no work. The kids suffered. The shot of the little girl getting chemo and the dad just says "that's $78 dollars" while the documentarian tells her she did a good job and she smiles is the summary. All of the adults are narcissists that only care about saving their souls and repping the lord while their kids suffer. It's all so familiar, and so sad. In the end even the ones that left still look and act Amish just with what may be more extreme belief. Ugh.

  • blondie

    There was a tv show (not the one with the Amish on riot before committing to baptism) about a man who had left, the Amish he helped that that had left and how he tried to reconcile with his mother (still Amish) and how he has built a life for himself outside the Amish community.




  • days of future passed
    days of future passed

    blondie - I'm not sure if the first link is what you wanted. Maybe the stories have cycled past the one you wanted.

    I read the second article. Pretty much is what many go thru with believing the "truth" is not the truth, but still living it. Some can toss it, but others take longer to finally put it to rest.

    Will have to check out the series later.


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