I was given a link by one of my Twitter followers, and it linked me to an article that Ophelia Benson wrote today called 'Big Amish Brother'.
This is what she wrote in that post:
Big Amish BrotherSeptember 13, 2012 at 11:53 am Ophelia Benson
Have you seen “Breaking Amish”? It’s pretty fascinating – in how horrible the Amish life is.
It’s not just in all the deprivation (no school past 8th grade for you!) and rules (as one rebel says, “you can wear this but not that…”) – it’s the revolting coldness of “shunning.” If you step out, you’re done. You can never go home, you can never see your family again. Period.
And then there’s the surveillance – there’s the dreaded bishop’s wife, always watching and reporting. There’s the dreaded bishop, who can throw you out for any infraction.
Oh Ophelia, thank you so much for the good laugh!
People like it because it seems quaint and pretty, but in reality it’s impoverished, and laborious (“do everything the hard way”) and tyrannical – and ultimately cold-hearted. Affection is contingent on rigid obedience to stupid rules.
So I guess it's now safe to say that FTB and Atheism Plus are basically Amish communities. The truth is out! The parallels are crystal clear, even down to what clothes you can wear. Yes I'm looking at you Harriet Hall.
So when can we expect the first big barn raising party?