|courtesy of National Geographic website|
I've always been fascinated with the Amish - their way of life, their community, etc. I've read fiction novels based on Amish. I loved that movie "Witness" with Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis.
Kelly plays a young Amish widow and is traveling by train with her 8 year old son Samuel to visit her sister. Samuel witnesses a murder in the train station restroom. Harrison is called in to investigate and ends up protecting the Amish family back on their farm.
The National Geographic Channel has been running a new series called, "Amish - Out of Order". It is about Mose Gingerich, a man who left the Amish 9 years ago, and how he helps other young people who decide to leave. When one leaves the Amish, they are "shunned", never to be accepted back again to visit. (Unless they agree to come back to the Amish). Even their own family do not accept them back. This has to do with the family themselves being shunned from the congregation if they were to accept their family member back. The kids have to deal with never seeing their families again.
"Amish - Out of Order" is somewhat of a reality show - it follows Mose around as he helps individuals out. You get to meet some of the young people, get to know their story. You learns some of the rules of the Amish, their strict upbringing, some of their beliefs.
I found this series fascinating. And sad.
Every religion has pros and cons.
The Amish are very hard working people. They believe in family, and helping each other. They believe that if one were to leave the Amish, then that person will go straight to hell.
Click here to learn more about the Amish.
I highly recommend this series. It's an eye opener.
If you don't get the National Geographic Channel, then I'm sure this will come out on a DVD. Perhaps you can get it from your local library.