The Amish are a generally quiet folk not known for crimes and misdemeanors. But one Amish community in Ohio is in turmoil after six women and 10 men have gone on a beard-cutting spree. Yes, beard-cutting. Amish men sport famously long beards in accordance with the Bible, which they say decrees that a man must stop shearing his facial scruff after marriage. But 16 Amish folks who are reportedly having “religiously-motivated” disputes over church discpline with the people they assault are snipping off beards with hoarse shears, scissors, and battery-powered clippers. Some female members of the Amish community have also had their hair cut off, which is also considered offensive.
These attacks are no laughing matter: the defendants have been charged with trying to cause bodily harm with a dangerous weapon because of the actual or perceived religion of that person. In other words, what they’ve committed are hate crimes.
But you know what is a laughing matter? That the ringleader of this band of beard-cutters is named Sam Mullet.
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