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Hair-cutting feud erupts among Amish

2011-10-09 21:04

Washington - County sheriffs in eastern Ohio are investigating a bizarre rash of home invasions in which Amish farmers are getting their beards cut off.

Members of a dissident Amish group called the Bergholz Gang are suspected of bursting into the homes of mainstream Amish and cutting - or attempting to cut - the facial hair of their targets.

The intruders then returned to their leader, hair in hand, to prove that his orders were being obeyed to the letter, the local Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register newspaper reported, quoting sheriffs.

One of four Amish men arrested over the attacks has been released as a result of mistaken identity but at least two of the others are expected to be charged, the paper said.

It said the assaults - which have also targeted the long tresses of Amish womenfolk - were motivated "for some reason" relating to faith.

Descendants of 18th century German-speaking immigrants, the Amish are Protestants who shun many modern conveniences, such as driving cars. They regard uncut beards and hair as expressions of faith.

Donald Kraybill, an expert on the Amish at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, told AFP that the attacks were "very odd" because violence is extremely rare within the Amish community.

Comments
  • Muawiya - 2011-10-09 21:08

    First world country mentality

      CPII - 2011-10-09 21:14

      Your mother's…

      Muawiya - 2011-10-09 21:17

      learn to complete your sentences, or are you also from the "first world" and cannot spell?

      Cliff - 2011-10-09 21:42

      Muawiya - Would you would rather let your witch doctor get a child murdered for body parts for your purposes you third world moron? Be careful what you say so glibly!!!

      Komasa - 2011-10-10 04:23

      @CPII real 'redneck' response.

      daaivark - 2011-10-10 07:32

      Unnecessary and deliberately trying to stir racial issues. Go away.

      Johnny-BB - 2011-10-10 07:42

      @Muawiya - You won't recognise the First World. It's a bit above your primitive thinking.

      FengaPapit - 2011-10-10 10:29

      I suppose you are getting ready for your mass action as seen on the web link below http://www.ancyl.org.za/show.php?id=8085 so I guess mass action and riots and trashing the streets and vandilism should be the answer of the people who lost their hair?? I mean just so that they meet your standards???

      Edynot - 2011-10-10 12:50

      If only the first world had crimes more like ours eh smartass? Lets go gangrape babies woohoo!! You Mr. Muawiya, are a complete and utter idiot... Id rather have someone come cut off my beard, than tie me down while raping my wife in front of me before killing us both... I hope you die soon actually. Just so we have one less person like you on earth...

  • OZNOB - 2011-10-09 21:43

    IT must have been a hair razing experience

      Matt :-) - 2011-10-10 09:23

      In Dutch, a vague translation of "F off" is "scheer je weg" which means "shave yourself away"

      Antwahn - 2011-10-10 10:33

      But they speak German, not Dutch. So would they say: rasier dich los? (BTW, the Beknopt etymologisch woordenboek der Nederlandsche taal reckons wegscheren is like bescheren -most confusing; I take issue.)

      Antwahn - 2011-10-10 10:53

      But they speak German, not Dutch. So would they say: rasier dich los? (BTW, the Beknopt etymologisch woordenboek der Nederlandsche taal reckons wegscheren is like bescheren -most confusing; I take issue.)

  • JohnPicarra - 2011-10-09 22:01

    extremely rare. Pray that it gets over soon.

  • JohnPicarra - 2011-10-09 22:23

    " the attacks were "very odd" because violence is extremely rare within the Amish community." That is rigth, Muawiya, " First world country mentality ". Do you now see why we are all so upset about over 20 000 murders every year in South Africa? And did you notice that arrests have already taken place?

      daaivark - 2011-10-10 07:33

      Unnecessary and deliberately trying to stir racial issues. Go away.

      The_Realist - 2011-10-10 10:56

      @ daaivark, if stating facts is "Unnecessary and deliberately trying to stir racial issues", then so-be-it! JohnPicarra NEVER mentioned race @ all, the only one who brought race into the equation was you, therefore you are the racist & you are the only one who is "Unnecessary and deliberately trying to stir racial issues"!

      daaivark - 2011-10-10 13:02

      One would need to be half blind not to see the point of Mr Picarra's remark, Realist. Let's not be so completely naive, shall we. ANd in what way is my post in any way stirring the issue. Logic is a good thing if one can use it. Try it sometime.

      daaivark - 2011-10-10 13:02

      You will also note that earlier I made exactly the same comment to someone on the other side of your colour divide.

      The_Realist - 2011-10-10 17:17

      @ daaivark, "Logic is a good thing if one can use it", you contradict yourself! 1st you say that you are 'imagining' that JohnPicarra is being racist (when no race is ACTUALLY mentioned except by you & your stirring spoon), you apply no logic whatsoever! "You will also note that earlier I made exactly the same comment to someone on the other side of your colour divide", your copy & paste skills are noted & are MOST impressive!

  • USAMAH - 2011-10-10 09:26

    Maybe they just don't like guys and girls to resemble muslims? They were actually trying to liberate them from seeming too Islamist... as the US is doing in Afghanistan.

  • EnglishBoer - 2011-10-10 09:52

    Cant we send them to visit Hashim Amla?

      Matt :-) - 2011-10-10 10:02

      Or Victor Matfield - doesn't he realise how messy he looks with that beard + long hair

      Killer Bean - 2011-10-10 10:25

      do you have something against Hashim?

      EnglishBoer - 2011-10-10 11:43

      @Killer Bean yes his beard looks disgusting poking out from under his helmet.

  • Zwai - 2011-10-10 10:42

    Funny how everyone/thing just goes all racial on News 24,it's getting all tiring and boring now. Get a life people. Stop responding to every racist fools out there (black/coloureds/indians/white)

      Antwahn - 2011-10-10 11:02

      Zwai, what are you? White Coloured Indian Black Other (Copied from the new census forms.) Or: in case you missed it; we live in a society where the govt. has a HUGE hand in keeping us racially polarised. (Keeps you guys from discovering how you get stolen blind by the maaifoedies.)

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