The Horror

Amish prosecuted because scissors ‘crossed state lines’…

Big Brother protects us from yet another crazed radical religious group.

  • http://fpb.livejournal.com/ Fabio P.Barbieri

    Arrested is bad enough, but PROSECUTED? Where do they recruit these people, the local Bedlams?

    • Psy

      What? Yes they should have been prosecuted, though it should have been on a local level where the assaults were committed. Yes cutting someones hair without consent is assault and the issue of infringing on the religious freedoms and persecution of the victims. This is a hate crime in my opinion for religious non-conformity while the punishment of 15 years is an overreach by the judge. Hopefully an appeal will reduce the sentence but there is no excuse for bulling people into conformity like this.

      • Psy

        Wait a minute, what happened to the two accusations of rape against Mullet and some of the haircut victims were children as young as 13. Maybe the 15 year federal sentence is appropriate.

  • Kyle

    “In a September trial, Mullet was convicted of organizing a series of raids in 2011 against religious enemies and disobedient family members in which the men’s beards were forcibly sheared and women’s hair was cut.”

    The guy responsible for this heinous crime was named Mullet. Wow.

  • frjimt

    scissors of the world unite….. cutting hair, snipping babies (oh, sorry, fetus’) spinal cords…. before you know it, joe biden will be asking for a scissors background check!

    where are all the good quilters & barbers when we need them?!?

  • http://pavelspoetry.com Pavel Chichikov

    Soviet joke:

    Guy comes back to the cell after receiving sentence. Cellmate asks: What did they give you?

    Fifteen years, is the reply.

    Fifteen? What for?

    For nothing.

    I don’t believe you. For nothing they give ten.

  • Claire

    Fifteen years is excessive and the hate crime prosecution is ridiculous, but to cut another person’s hair or beard off without their consent is assault. I’d press charges if someone cut my hair off without my permission, and I’m not having a particularly good hair day.

    • Beccolina

      Like Psy says above, it makes sense as a local case, not federal. If I understand the article correctly, hate crime legislation that depended upon something involved int he crime crossing state lines was used to make it a federal case instead of local. That put a lot of power and money on the side prosecuting. It seems out of proportion and ridiculous. The feds don’t like the Amish at all. They came down on them over raw milk in massive, out-of-proportion power-showing, too. I wish the federal government would stay out of my kitchen.

      On a side note, I was in Laramie, WY, as a student when Mathew Shepard was murdered, and while I see where it clearly contributes to hate crime legislation, I don’t know why it’s connected with anything about crossing state lines.

      • Psy

        “I don’t know why it’s connected with anything about crossing state lines.”

        It wasn’t a spontaneous event that just happened while they were in that other state. I was premeditated and prepared for before they left their home state making it a federal issue.

        • Beccolina

          Ah. I had forgotten that they cross state lines for that. It’s so common in Laramie to cross to CO for hiking or sledding, etc, that it’s easy to forget. No less vile, no matter where it happened.


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