For the Amish, the 1972 US Supreme Court case Wisconsin v. Yoder disputes were about retaining the ability to force a child to work for free and to keep the child ignorant of their rights as a US citizen. Making it about religion was a convenient cover. But for the National Committee for Amish Religious Freedom, a non-Amish special interest group that hired the attorneys and paid the legal bills for the Amish, Yoder was about using the Amish as a guinea pig to see how far they could push religious freedom provisions for the benefit of the Committee’s non-Amish purposes.
The 1972 US Supreme Court case Wisconsin v. Yoder is hailed as a landmark victory for religious liberty. But it actually strips children of their Constitutional rights, in the name of religious freedom for adults. Among other things, the right to not educate enables child abuse among the Amish. Here’s my response to the crisis (and how you can help).
May this year be filled with unexpected good things for you. “Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,” may you find solace in your imagination if there’s nowhere else to go.
Is Christmas really the day Jesus was born? Today’s article includes more than five things that might surprise you, especially if you believe that Christmas is an original Christian holiday.
2020 has been hard for so many of us. May 2021 be better for all of us.
As a general broad rule among traditional Amish, owning or having x technology or modern convenience is approved of by the Church only if it’s a necessity for earning an income. But, a ton of rule-breaking or rule-bending goes on.