Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Amish crhistians given 15 years for cutting beards
Amish leader gets 15 years for beard attacks
A leader of a breakaway Amish community in rural eastern Ohio was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison for forcibly cutting the beards and hair of community members.
Samuel Mullet Sr., 67, and 15 followers were found guilty last year in connection with what authorities said were the religiously motivated attacks on several fellow Amish people. Mullet and others were convicted of conspiracy to violate a federal hate-crime law.
Prosecutors said the followers, at Mullet's instruction, shaved the beards and cut the hair of Amish people who had left his group over various religious disagreements.
Five attacks happened in four eastern Ohio counties between September and November 2011.
Four of the followers were sentenced to seven years in prison, three were handed five-year sentences, two were sentenced to two years and six were sentenced to a year and a day, according to the Justice Department.
To the Amish, a beard is a significant symbol of faith and manhood, and the way Amish women wear their hair also is a symbol of faith.
(The point here is the obama regime justice dept is prosecuting christians for a hate crime. 15 years is way out of line. The obama justice dept doesn't prosecute real crimes but they do prosecute christians. If obama can do this to the Amish he can do it to you. This is religious persecution. It is nazi style justice. Dictators have no guilt or shame. They only crave more centralized power. This is police state justice. Obama is appeasing his fellow muslims. The Amish are defenseless. This is what the obama regime does to the defenseless.) Story Reports