Apparently there has been a war going on within the Amish community and it has escalated. A group called the Bergholz Clan, led by a man named Sam Mullet, has been attacking other Amish in their homes and were cutting off the beards of men and the hair of the women (the growing of the beard and hair is part of Amish religious and social devotion).
Two angry Mullets, Johnny and Lester, were arrested, but there are two other men and several women who have not yet been apprehended in these crimes. According to this report, the attacks are the results of a shunning of the Bergholz Clan by others in the Amish community due to allegations of sexual abuse and other issues in 2007. The Amish community is on high alert.
Sam Mullet is trying to categorize these assaults as a religious issue, rather than one that the secular authorities should be involved in. Looks to me like it's both.
9 months ago