Amish Non-Violence: A reason to turn off the tv?

In civil, Disaster Relief, Education, Global War On Terror, International politics, Iraq War, Media Criticism, Progressive Politics, religion & politics, Terrorism on October 12, 2006 at 3:56 pm

I posted on the Amish just yesterday, but another post is in order. I didn’t offer a description of the incident then, so I’ve included one here, followed by a comment that makes you wonder: how would I feel if I turned off the tv?

A description, from the Chicago Tribune:

On Oct. 2, a deranged gunman burst into a one-room schoolhouse in the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa. He lined up 11 young girls and shot each of them, killing five, before taking his own life.

Witnesses say the oldest girl, 13-year-old Marian Fisher, bravely said, “Shoot me first” in an attempt to buy time for the younger students.

Then, her 11-year-old sister, Barbie, who would survive with wounds in her shoulder, hand and leg, said, “Shoot me next.”

Comment from Axis of Logic:

Vengeance and punishment are celebrated by the media – from the corporate newsrooms to evening television shows and Hollywood movies. Into this culture comes a shocking message of forgiveness from a gentle oasis where compassion, forgiveness and peace still reign – an Amish community that does not know television, Hollywood movies or the mainstream news media and where acts of violence are not seen and talk of retribution is not heard.

If you don’t know about the Amish community’s acts of forgiveness in response, read here.

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