By Kevin Williams
We have an interesting mix of Amish stories in the news this week, so let's get right into it:
AMISH ASK FOR FORGIVENESS: The Amish and the Native Americans have a checkered history. One of the early traumas the Amish experienced in the USA as a massacre at the hands of Native Americans at Northkill, Pennsylvania, but the Amish also swiped land from Indians. The Amish recently convened a meeting in Lancaster to reconcile and apologize for their sins against Native Americans. Interestingly, and the article didn't mention this, the two groups still experience tension today. The Amish have ruffled a lot of Native American feathers by moving onto the Flathead Indian Reservation near St. Ignatius, Montana. So it'd be nice if the reconciliation also dealt with the present, but apparently it was focused on past transgressions...but, anyway, interesting article, click here to read.
AMISH UPBRINGING: This is just an interesting article in the student newspaper at Penn State. I thought this was a well-written, insightful piece that didn't trash the Amish like a lot of these "I left the Amish stories" do, nor did it sugarcoat Amish life...it was a very even-handed, interesting piece. Click here.
HOLMES MORTON OPENS A NEW CLINIC: Fabled geneticist Dr.Holmes Morton will continue to unlock the secrets of Amish genetic disorders at a new clinic. Click here to read.
MENNONITES BUILD BRIDGES: Mennonites are bringing their bridge building ability to West Virginia, which has seen devastating floods wash out roads across the state this summer. Click here to read more.
TRUMP CONTINUES TO COURT THE AMISH: The Trump campaign continues to woo potential Amish voters in the hotly contested states of Ohio and Pennsylvania. Billboards have begun to go up around Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The Amish, though, traditionally have stayed out of Presidential politics, so I have my doubts this is going to work.....Click here to read.
SAUSAGE AND CHEESE BISCUITS: Okay, this isn't Amish, but Grit is a good, rural country publication and I always try to stick one recipe in these "Amish in the News" posts, so check out this amazing-sounding biscuit recipe from Grit....Yum..click here.