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the shoolhouse tragedy

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the shoolhouse tragedy

The Amish, once again, have taught us "English" a very profound lesson..."Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us." How many of us professed Christians could truly be so quick to forgive?

Many Amish attended the funeral of the gunman & asked prayers not for their families but for his....very humbling.

You may not be aware of how intrusive the media was to people who traditionally keep to themselves but especially begged to be left alone during this incident...how did the media respond to that request?

By demanding the Amish pose for photos (against their religion).

By posing as Amish in an attempt to pass through roadblocks (most of these efforts were laughable impersonations).

By attempting to bribe security personnel ($500. was common).

By offering landowners up to $5,000. to set up long-range cameras on their property.

In spite of this atrocious behavior, the Amish forgave them as well.

The public was not much better, cramming into the area to get a look at the schoolhouse. Don't bother looking for it any longer...they razed it (at 4am to deter spectators).

Please respect the Amish...they clearly have earned it.

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If you want an insightful view of the way in which the Amish addressed their situation, read Diana Butler Bass's "What if the Amish were in charge of the war on Terror?" Visit www.mennoweekly.org/index.htm, click on the article which is linked from Sojourners site! Thought provoking!!

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You are correct...the way the media responded to this tragedy was an absolute disgrace. And any of us are surprised by this? They always react that way; this is nothing new. I am a frequent visitor to the Lancaster area and I just cringed each time I saw the

Amish being photographed on TV.

We can all learn something from the way the Amish behaved following this tragedy. Well, some of us can, anyway.

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Those little girls, their families, and the Amish community at large have taught us all profound lessons on faith and forgiveness. This incident has tugged on heartstrings around the world, which is evident from the online condolences.

Anna Mae Stoltzfus, age 12



Marian S. Fisher, age 13 - sister Barbie released from Children's in Philly - expected to fully recover

Marian said "shoot me first." Barbie said "shoot me second."



Naomi Rose Ebersol, age 7



Mary Liz Miller, 8, and Lena Z. Miller, 7 (why does a mother have to bury 2 daughters)



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The Amish have indeed comported themselves admirably and it is indeed humbling to view thier exemplary behavior.

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