Time for our weekly cruise through the blogosphere to see what is going on out there on the World Wide Web. Got a bunch of items of interest today (and one of disinterest). Check it out here:
1) AMISH HORSEPOWER – Tom on Backroadstraveler shares some wonderfully pastoral Amish farming photos. Great way to get a feel for the agrarian lifestyle this time of year. Click here for some superb photos.
2) FORCED CARE? This story is grabbing headlines and it’s not really a blog but I thought we could discuss here. A hospital in Ohio is actually suing Amish parents to force them to let them treat their 10-year-old daughter for cancer with chemotherapy. Tough call here. I wish had the answers….The parents decisions could ultimately cost their daughter her life. Yet, I hate seeing anyone forced into something like chemotherapy….What do you think? Read more here. By the way, being adverse to modern medicine is not an “Amish” philosophy. This is obviously something the individual parents here feel strongly about, but many Amish are very open to the use of modern medicine.
4) MISINFORMATION: I hesitate to give the writer of such a harshly written post about the Amish any attention, yet such a rant really is symbolic of the misinformation out there about the Amish. People either put them on an unrealistically high pious pedestal, which is unfair to them or they totally tear them down, which is unfair to them. This writer manages to do both. I could write 10 pages refuting what the author writes. WARNING: Coarse language aplenty on this blog so do not read if that bothers you. Click here to read this bizarre rant about the Amish.