When two preteen sisters were abducted from the town of Oswegatchie in upstate New York recently, police quickly sprang into action. Naturally, officers asked the parents for photos of their daughters, so that the girls’ likenesses could be distributed in a bid to bring the young victims back.
The reply was unusual:
The family had none: They were Amish, a community that generally prohibits photographs partly based on the biblical injunction against likenesses.
The cops then proposed that the parents work with a police sketch artist to produce pictures of the girls.