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Amish bishop allegedly coerced women into sex

Samuel Mullet Sr., bishop of a breakaway Amish sect in rural Ohio, is allegedly running a cult. He and 15 of his followers are charged with hate crimes for cutting the hair and beards of people from other Amish communities. On Thursday, a woman testified that Mullet coerced her into sex, even though she was married. Read:

Hate crimes trial against Amish begins, on CNN.com.

Amish beard-cutting trial: Defense cross-examines Samuel Mullet’s sister, who calls Amish splinter group a ‘cult,’ on Cleveland.com.

Woman testifies that Amish bishop, Samuel Mullet, Sr., coerced her into sex while she was married, on CBSNews.com.



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  1. Ox Drover says:

    I have followed this story since it first hit the news. It is so “typical” of all cults in that the cult leaders seem to be more interested in 1) control and 2) sex with those under their control.

    The break-away Mormons, Charlie Manson, Joseph Stalin, Chairman Mao…the Amish beard cutters, etc etc. it is like they are made by the same cookie cutters—and it all boils down to all the things we see in “garden variety” men/women high in psychopathic traits. It also doesn’t seem to matter if the number of victims in the “cult” is 1 or 100 million, the plot always seems to be about CONTROL of the victims, the depersonalization of the victims, and is accomplished with a complete lack of empathy for the pain and suffering of the victims, sometimes with the enjoyment of the pain of the victims.

    I’m glad they are being prosecuted with vigor and sorry that they are bringing shame on a group of people who are over all, as a group, pretty good, hardworking and caring people.



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  2. Truthspeak says:

    Thank you for this post – it goes hand-in-hand with the discussion about how sociopaths use any system of beliefs and/or doctrines to play their vile games.

    OxD, 100% spot-on: it’s all about CONTROL. Jim Swaggert being arrested in a prostitution sting and STILL he had the audacity to attempt to continue his “mission?” How insane is that?

    It is a crying shame that these people have called themselves “Amish,” because the people that I’ve met that are practicing this lifestyle are, as you said, hardworking, dedicated, and accountable.

    I hope that the “vigor” with which they’re being prosecuted carries to the fullest extent. “Hate” crimes should result in being placed on Spath Island somewhere in the South Pacific. Put them ALL on an island, give them some seed and livestock, and let them loose on one another. Before we know it, they will extinct themselves.

    Brightest blessings



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  3. APG says:

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    What’s equally horrific is the fact that — historically — there
    have also even been complaints about a “lack of true justice”
    taking place ‘within’ many of the ‘normal / regular’ Amish
    communities — all largely due to the religious-leadership
    of the community either refusing to “believe” the victims
    and / or refusing to “punish” the perpetrator of a crime …
    as long as the leaders believe that the perpetrator’s alleged
    “claim” to have “repented” of their acts is seen as “sincere”.
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    Such a mindset (that of “a semblance of sincerity on
    the part of the perpetrator ‘cancels out ‘ the need for
    justice for the victim”) creates an environment
    in which psychopathy can / does flourish. 🙁
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    http://boingboing.net/2008/07/16/pros-and-cons-of-gro.html
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    QUOTE:
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    “The license the Amish have been granted rests
    on the trust that the community will police itself,
    with Amish bishops and ministers
    acting in lieu of law enforcement.
    Yet keeping order comes hard to church leaders. …
    As a result, the Amish shy away from sending
    people to prison and the system of punishment …
    Once a sinner has “confessed”, and his “repentance”
    has been “deemed genuine”, EVERY member
    of the Amish community must “forgive” him …
    This approach is rooted in the Amish
    notion of ‘Gelassenheit’ (or submission).
    Church members abide by their clergymen; children
    obey their parents; sisters mind their brothers; and
    wives defer to their husbands (divorce is taboo).”
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    SOURCE:
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    http://www.beliefnet.com/News/2005/02/The-Gentle-People.aspx
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    Several years ago, the TV show 20/20 presented a program
    on the high amount of non-punished domestic violence,
    child abuse and incestuous rape has occurred in certain
    Amish communities — with such acts becoming ‘worse’ after
    the target reported it to the community leaders and elders.
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    http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=316371&page=1#.UEImGMGPWiw
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    What generally happened in some of these communities
    was that either the victim was ‘not’ believed’ (and was
    punished themselves for committing the sin of ‘lying’)
    or was forced to “forgive” the perpetrator and to also
    ‘go back’ to ‘living in community’ with the person (or
    otherwise risk going through the same ‘punishment’ they
    wanted for the perpetrator – due to being “unforgiving”).
    .
    Either way — the result was that the perpetrator(s) felt
    more empowered than ever (knowing they now had
    the ‘support’ of the community elders) and attacks on
    the victim increased in frequency, severity and variety. 🙁
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    If this is what could happen in a ‘normal/regular’ community —
    one cannot imagine the ‘power” some break-away cult-leader
    would feel that they have among such a group of followers.
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    But can a community govern itself
    by … teaching of mercy alone?
    It is sinful for the Amish to withhold forgiveness-so
    sinful that anyone who refers to a past misdeed after
    “the Amish penalty” for it has ended can be punished
    … in the same manner as the original sinner. ”
    That’s a big thing in the Amish community,” …
    “You have to forgive and forgive.”
    In some church districts … there appear to be
    many crimes … to forgive … according to one
    Amish counselor who works with troubled church
    members across the Midwest, sexual abuse of
    children is “almost a plague in some communities.”
    Some police forces and district attorneys do their
    best to step in, though they are rarely welcomed.
    Others are slow to investigate or quick to let
    off Amish offenders with light punishments.
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    SOURCE:
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    See ‘Beliefnet’ Link above
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    The tragedy of it all is the fact that — although there
    is nothing ‘wrong’ with “religion” itself — – whenever
    “religion” is used to ‘control’(rather than ‘free’) any
    group or person – it leaves itself open to exploitation
    and abuse of both the ‘outsiders’ and it’s ‘members’ —
    (even when it is in a ‘normal / regular’ community
    instead of some odd-ball, break-away cult group). 🙁
    .
    The concept of religion, spirituality, philosophy, etc.
    should be used to “free” a person and provide them
    with the ‘confidence’ (ex. ‘faith”) to believe that they
    are helping, not hurting, mankind by following a more
    divine pathway (lifestyle) within their communities —
    and should not be used to “control” and ‘manipulate”.
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    — APG
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  4. Ox Drover says:

    APG, there is also a great amount of this going on in the Baptist fundamentalist communities where the “minister” can move to another church without the next church being notified of what the person is….there is a great deal of this documented on the Net.

    It isn’t only the Amish, but many different churches who “police” themselves and keep the lid on the “scandal” to keep from bringing bad publicity and shame on the group….

    HOG WASH! to me a cover up is 10000 times worse than clearing the air and cleaning out the evil among the group! Look at Penn State. The Catholic church, this Amish stuff etc etc. Jim JOnes and the break away mormons. It is all covering up the evil. That is why Jesus was crucified, because He dared to expose the hypocricy of the “leaders” and theh politically corrupt.

    I firmly believe they will answer to a higher court at some point in time. I just like to see some justice here on this earth as well.

    Thanks for your input!@



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  5. APG says:

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    @ Ox Drover,
    .
    Thank you for making mention of the extent of this
    type of abuse … and I agree with you about it all.
    .
    In regards to the impact this matter has had on
    certain of the various branches of the Christian
    faith (at least from the protestant segment)
    — the phrase that some people have
    begun using for those who are of this
    ilk is that of ….. ‘The Tali-Baptists’.

    This term of ‘Tali-Baptist’ is a new portmanteau
    describing those people who work to twist the
    teachings of the Christian faith for both political
    purposes and / or to attempt to dominate others
    (ex. forcing women to “submit to” and forcing
    children to blindly “obey” anyone who feels that
    they are in “control” of them and their lives, their
    thoughts, their actions and their destinies; etc.).
    .
    The use of “religion” to exploit and abuse those who
    are sincere “believers” of these teachings (and even
    those who are not) is scandalous and shocking and
    — like you pointed out — the attempts to cover
    up such exploitation and abuse is just as bad
    and those who choose to do so “will answer
    to a higher court at some point in time”.
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    Also, much like you, I too would “just like to
    see some justice here on this earth as well”.
    .
    Thanks again for sharing your thoughts on this.
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  6. Ox Drover says:

    APG,

    Having come from a protestant group that is semi-oppressive of women and children, but which DOES ahve some good and kind and compassionate people, I very much realize that religion, faith and “God” ( or your concept of God) can and frequently is twisted to use the Bible for CONTROL.

    Right now, I think that the Muslim religion is the principal repressive religion at its worst…especially of women and children. Christianity had it’s turn at oppression and people were burnt at the stake for disagreeing with the particular beliefs of the king or other ruling body. I imagine I and you have had members of our ancestors who were burned at the stake for their beliefs and I also imagine that we have had other ancestors who LIT THE FIRE.

    Using “religion” to control others is nothing new, it goes back I think to the time we started creeping out of caves. But IT CONTINUES TODAY….in horrible forms all over the world, with slavery and abuse of women and children validated by “god’s word” (remember that photo on Time Magazine’s cover of the young Afgan woman with her nose cut off? HOW SHE MUST BECOME THE POSTER CHILD OF ALL ABUSED WOMEN WORLD WIDE….

    I have managed to come to a different philisophy of my spiritual walk which does not include control over others, or abuse of others in the name of religion, or the name of God. I no longer fear a vengeful God out to “get me,” but have a relationship with a loving father God. I have distanced myself from those who still believe in the control and spiritual abuse and their institutiions.

    I will admit that I felt a bit of vindication when the minister at my little country church, Dickie Chance, was arrested for soliticiting sex from what he thought was a 14 year odl girl and turned out to be a 40 year old deputy. I went to his court hearing, slapped him on the back and said “My, what are you doing here Dickie?” then sat down right behind him.

    Public exposure is the only thing I think that can be done for most of these people and/or prison. Dr. Anna Salter one of THE experts in child abuse says that the average number of “crimes” that a “first offender” (first time they are CAUGHT) has done is 300 before ever being caught. THAT IS A SCARY NUMBER.



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  7. APG says:

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    @ Ox Drover.
    .
    You stated:
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    … I very much realize that religion, faith and “God”
    ( or your concept of God) can and frequently
    is twisted to use the Bible for CONTROL…
    .
    Using “religion” to control others is nothing new
    … But IT CONTINUES TODAY….in horrible forms
    all over the world, with slavery and abuse of
    women and children validated by “god’s word” …
    .
    I have managed to come to a different philisophy of my
    spiritual walk which does not include control over others,
    or abuse of others in the name of religion, or the name of God.
    I no longer fear a vengeful God out to “get me,”
    but have a relationship with a loving father God.
    I have distanced myself from those who still believe in
    the control and spiritual abuse and their institutiions…
    .
    Public exposure is the only thing I think that can
    be done for most of these people and/or prison.”
    .
    My reply:
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    Once again — you are so right !! =D
    .
    And I just wanted to add that — IF and when humanity
    can learn to use the concepts of “religion”; ‘philosophy’,
    etc. in order to “free” people to seek a higher spiritual
    goal and goodwill toward all (rather than the “imprison”
    so people with ‘control’) THEN so much good could occur.
    .
    Also — the link below provides details on story that seems to fit
    within the types of abuses you were describing by some groups.
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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/02/muslim-cleric-arrested-fo_n_1849879.html
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    Here are some excerpts from the article:
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    “A Christian girl who was arrested under Pakistan’s controversial
    anti-blasphemy law may have moved a step closer to freedom
    on Sunday after police detained a Muslim cleric
    on suspicion of planting evidence to frame her.
    .
    Still, Rimsha Masih, whose arrest last month angered
    religious and secular groups worldwide, may be
    in danger if she returns from jail to her village.
    .
    Some Muslim neighbours insist she should still be
    punished, and said the detained imam was a victim.
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    Under Muslim Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy law, THE MERE
    ALLEGATION of causing offence to Islam can mean death.
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    Those accused are sometimes killed by members of
    the public even if they are found innocent by the courts.

    “Pour petrol and burn these Christians,”
    said Iqbal Bibi, 74, defending the imam on
    the steps of the mosque where he preaches ….
    .
    A bail hearing will be held on Monday for Masih,
    whose case has re-focused a spotlight on Pakistan’s
    anti-blasphemy law, under which anyone who
    speaks ill of Islam and the Prophet Mohammad
    commits a crime punishable by death…
    .
    Critics … say they are too worried about an
    extremist backlash to speak out against the law …
    .
    In January 2011, the governor of Punjab province, Salman
    Taseer, was assassinated by his own bodyguard because the
    governor had called for reform of the anti-blasphemy law
    … mobs have killed many people accused of blasphemy.
    .
    Masih’s case has raised a high level of concern because of her
    age and media reports that she suffers from Down’s Syndrome.
    .
    Some reports have said she is 11.
    A hospital said in a report she was about 14 but had the
    mental capacities of someone younger, and was uneducated.
    .
    Christians, who make up four percent of Pakistan’s population
    of 180 million, have been especially concerned about the
    blasphemy law, saying it offers them no protection.
    .
    Convictions hinge on witness testimony and
    are often linked to vendettas, they complain.
    .
    In 2009, 40 houses and a church were set ablaze by a mob
    of 1,000 Muslims in the town of Gojra, in Punjab province.
    At least seven Christians were burned to death.
    The attacks were triggered by ‘reports’
    of the desecration of the Koran.
    .
    Two Christian brothers accused of writing a blasphemous letter
    against the Prophet Mohammad were gunned down outside
    a court in the eastern city of Faisalabad in July of 2010.
    .
    Masih’s arrest triggered an exodus of several hundred Christians
    from her village after mosques reported over their
    loudspeakers what the girl was alleged to have done ….
    .
    Muslims in the village … were far more vocal.
    .
    “If the cleric gets charged in this case we are all behind him.
    There will be unrest,” warned Tasleem Maqbool …
    .
    Village clerics like Chishti hold far more sway
    over Pakistanis than government officials.
    .
    They lead prayers and give guidance on many aspects of life.
    .
    “The cleric should be freed,” said Noman, a 12-year
    old boy … “She (Masih) should be punished.”
    .
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    .
    Other Stories of Religious Abuses caused by the
    Narcissitic / Psychopathic Leaders of their flocks:
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    .
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1379496/Mukhtaran-Mai-says-life-danger-Supreme-Court-clears-men-accused-rape.html
    .
    http://alufaq.com/pakistan-12-year-old-christian-gang-raped-months-forcibly-converted-married-muslim-attacker
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    http://zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com/2011/06/15/70-radical-muslims-who-burned-christians-alive-in-pakistan-acquitted/
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    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-6009742-504083.html
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    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/22/nyregion/4-ultra-orthodox-men-charged-with-trying-to-silence-accuser-in-abuse-case.html?pagewanted=all
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    http://www.euronews.com/2010/03/16/sect-head-arrested-in-rome-for-sexual-abuse-and-extortion/
    .



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