A practicing Amish woman suggested that it’s better for Amish children to be raped and molested than for them to know that they have the right under US law to be protected from such abuse.
“Pennsylvania Dutch” is a label that arose out of ignorance centuries ago and persists today to define us Amish, thanks to colonialist academics.
Easter was the only time of year that I was allowed to have shredded wheat. While the adults went hungry all morning, I crushed big pillow-shaped bales into my stainless steel bowl.
Children are human beings, not property owned by adults who gave birth to them. We need a movement that acknowledges and enforces the Constitutional rights of Amish and other children, such as Ultra-Orthodox Jewish, fundamentalist Christian, Jehovah’s Witness, and Native/Indigenous.
The educational and economic fates of Amish children don’t enter the public consciousness. Amish children aren’t part of the equation in the economic future of the United States.
The very first law about education in what is now the United States was all about making people literate enough to read the Christian Bible.