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    Why the Gentle People Are Going to Hell

    This is an awful, awful story about what happens when young girls face rampant sexual abuse in the Amish community. http://www.legalaffairs.org/issues/J...i_janfeb05.msp

    The worst part for this dentalphobe has to be:

    When Fannie found out about the CYS visit, she and Anna went with 13 other kids to the home of John Yoder, an Amish dentist who lived an hour and a half away in the town of Punxsutawney. Yoder's living room had a recliner with a tin pan and some needles next to it. Anna watched as the other kids each had one or two bad teeth pulled. When it was her turn, Yoder shot some novocaine into her upper gum. She shook her head and told him that two of her lower teeth had cavities. He shot the lower gum, and asked Fannie which teeth should go. Anna's mother answered, "Take them all," and Yoder pulled—along the upper gum, along the lower gum, until every tooth was gone. "After he had pulled the last tooth," Anna remembered, "my mom looked at me and said, 'I guess you won't be talking anymore.' "
    But hey, the "community" demands this, so who am I to say?

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    Yes...modern medical technology and practice is the...Devil


    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    I'm not defending this story, just trying to make a distinction that 'amish' is a broad word. There are many types of amish that practice subtle, yet different beliefs.

    Not that I'm an amish expert, but I would have a hard time believing this was commonplace.

    Edit: I was referring to the dental stuff, I didn't check the link before i posted.
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    Quote Originally posted by iamme View post
    I'm not defending this story, just trying to make a distinction that 'amish' is a broad word. There are many types of amish that practice subtle, yet different beliefs.

    Not that I'm an amish expert, but I would have a hard time believing this was commonplace.

    Edit: I was referring to the dental stuff, I didn't check the link before i posted.
    The full article distinguishes between some of the practices.
    "He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16

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    Hang on...you guys telling me that Amish women ahve all their teeth pulled out as a amtter of practice???
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    Quote Originally posted by Luca View post
    Hang on...you guys telling me that Amish women ahve all their teeth pulled out as a amtter of practice???
    No in the article it was done as a form of punishment for the girl speaking out about her father/brothers molesting her. She went to the dentist to have a lower tooth pulled and the dentist went for the upper teeth and she said no and pointed to her lower teeth. Her mother then told the dentist to pull them all so she would stop talking.
    "He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16

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