OMG, even the Amish, peaceful as they seem, aren’t immune to religious warfare. But instead of defenestration, they engage in depilation.
Alert reader Hempenstein noticed a report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that one sect of the Amish in Ohio has broken away from the others. Members of the renegade sect are engaged in Bartkrieg, invading the homes of other Amish and hacking off their beards. The motivation? Faith, of course:
There have been only minor injuries. Each time, beards have been targeted.
“What they’ve been doing to everybody else is shaving the entire head and beard,” Mrs. Miller said. “We believe their intent was to do the same things here.
“They say this is to uncover sins, and it’s to straighten us out.”
Then, she continued, “They’ve been making threats they’re going to do worse things.”
One Amish man from Mechanicstown, who was working in Bergholz on Friday, said that about a year ago the members of the group shaved their own beards and hair.
“They were under the impression that would cleanse them before God,” said the young man, who asked that his name not be used.