In the News: Wins and Losses

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In the News: Heaven, Human Rights, His Holiness, and more!

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In The News: Poetry, Puritans, Politicians and more!

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In the News – Heathens, Hymns, and Holy Men

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In the News: The Crusades, Anti-Vaxxers, Chocolate Gods, and more!

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In the News: Biomemes, Voodoo, Elie Wiesel and more!

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The Amish Get a Graph

Finally! Amish populations, and their recent migration westward for affordable land, got USA Today‘s graphics department busy. Jeff Martin writes that the population of the notoriously “plain” Anabaptists has grown 5% in the past year to total a whopping (almost) quarter-million.  Cheap land is the new cause for wandering among the Amish but religious tolerance was the first cause (and the reason they ended up predominantly farmers in the first place).

For more on the Amish’ search for religious freedom, read my piece at Killing the Buddha. Continue Reading →

Leave It To The Amish

Ok, conservatives can hate the Amish all they want for their exemption from the health care mandate. The rest of us love them — as the funniest DailyKos poster, Bill in Portland Maine, notes — for their ability to manage disaster, even hypothetically:

“As you English might say, it was no big deal,” said project coordinator Samuel Lapp of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Lapp traveled to Louisiana with a group of volunteers from several Amish communities after he heard about the spill, which threatened to become the worst oil disaster in history. “To solve a complex problem, one must think simply, and rely on the old ways. Your complicated modern ways were not getting it done,” Lapp said. “I know this sounds a little strange coming from us, but we simply ran out of patience.”

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