This documentary gives more inner life and personality to horses than women. The quotes uphold a particular status quo that tells the outside world to think of the Amish as quaint “others”, rather than as fully formed, complex people and deserving of human and Constitutional rights.
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So why don’t the Amish start their own vocational schools? Because they need their children to run their farms or other occupations, which shun technology in favor of the cheaper child labor.
The Amish scholars who have so prominently featured throughout Wisconsin v. Yoder and related propaganda efforts by the Christian right are not insidious because they are activists, but because they cloak themselves in the familiar cloak of an impartial witness.