We live smack dab in the middle of Amish country. We joke about “Amish exhaust” on the roads from the horses, think nothing of seeing a hitching post at our local grocery stores, and daily mutter under our breath as we piddle along behind a buggy on the roads, waiting impatiently for the double yellow line to end so we can pass the weary horse and his well laden load.
Every Saturday morning in the summer I will be found at the farmer’s market. It is great fun to chat with the Amish women and wink at the little ones, peering shyly behind their mother’s aprons. The fathers often are in charge of the stalls, even though we all know that it was the females in the household who most likely tended the vegetable patch and definitely canned all the jars of pickles and relishes.
Idyllic, or is it? For several months now, our local news has made note of the bishop, Samuel Mullet, Sr and 16 other men in his congregation who are on trial for hate crimes against other men living on the settlement Mullet founded two decades ago. However, it has now come to light that this ‘revered’ bishop sexually molested several women in his congregation, pressuring them to be intimate with him as part of his ‘counsel’ of them on how to be better wives!
Smacks a little of David Koresh and his commune in Waco, Texas, doesn’t it? As self appointed leader, David felt he had the right to any woman on the property, often bedding younger girls in order to ‘prepare’ them for marriage. As far as we are aware, Mullet hadn’t quite allowed his power trip to go that far, but without being stopped, it was sure to have progressed to him abusing younger, unmarried women.
Power run amok happens in any community without accountability. For more on this story, click here to read the original article, which would not permit any re-blogging.