Saturday, 22 October 2011
There are problems in Ohio with our Amish siblings.
10/08/2011 (source) - MECHANICSTOWN, OHIO - Myron and Arlene Miller were lying in bed about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday when their 15-year-old daughter woke them to say a pickup truck and trailer had just pulled into their driveway.
Four to six men got out of the truck and knocked on the door, asking for her father, the bishop for the Mechanicstown Amish church.
When Myron Miller walked to the door, a man grabbed him by his long, traditional beard - the sign that an Amish man is married, according to scripture - and forced him out the front door.
Miller was surrounded by the other men, who used scissors to cut out a chunk of his beard. They were unable to get more, the 45-year-old Miller said, because he struggled so hard. In mid-tussle, the leader of the group ordered everyone to flee.
The Millers said they were the fifth Amish family in the last several weeks to be terrorized by what the Millers believe is a group that once was Amish but is now believed to have formed a cult in nearby Bergholz, Jefferson County.
(source) A Jefferson County deputy said authorities Saturday arrested 38-year-old Johnny Mullet, 26-year-old Lester Mullet, 53-year-old Levi Miller, and Lester Miller. Lester Miller's age was not immediately available nor were the charges against him.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the Mullets and Levi Miller were charged with kidnapping and burglary.
I'm interested to see if there is some form of public response from the bishop concerning his attackers. I'm also interested in this cult and what they are all about. This is pretty strange. If I were the bishop I'd wear that cut beard as a badge of honor. What are your thoughts on this?
Do the criminals deserve jail time? How ought the bishop to respond? How would you respond?