Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Hey! Who Put Rum in My Rumspringa?

Rumspringa (also Rumschpringe or Rumshpringa, derived from the German term "herumspringen" or short "rumspringen" (meaning "jumping around") and the Pennsylvania German term "Rond Springen" or "running around")[1][2] generally refers to a period of adolescence for some members of the Amish, a subsect of the Anabaptist Christian movement, that begins around the age of sixteen and ends when a youth chooses baptism within the Amish church or instead leaves the community.[3]:10-11 The vast majority choose baptism and remain in the church. Not all Amish use this term (it does not occur in John Hostetler's extended discussion of adolescence among the Amish), but in sects that do, Amish elders generally view this as a time for courtship and finding a spouse.[3]:14 Wenger Mennonites youth go through a period of rumspringa between ages 16 and 18. It is sometimes referred to as a period to "sow wild oats."[4]

Rumspringa, by Paul Richard James 

State Police: 5 Amish Men Attack Girls

Teens, 12-Year-Old Say They Were Grabbed,
 Groped At Wilmington Horse Auction

POSTED: 7:11 am EDT September 7, 2011 
UPDATED: 1:33 pm EDT September 7, 2011

State police are searching for a group of young Amish men who they say indecently assaulted three girls recently in Lawrence County.The incident happened Sept. 2 at a horse auction that the girls attended with their parents on Route 208 in Wilmington Township, police said.
Five Amish men who were "allegedly under the influence of alcohol and controlled substances" groped and fondled two 13-year-old girls and a 12-year-old girl, according to a police report.
"If the victims did not heed their demands, they were forcibly grabbed and punched," police wrote in a media statement. "One female was dragged down several steps. She was to seek treatment at a Mercer County hospital."Police said several witnesses have backed up the girls' account of the incident.
At a news conference Wednesday, troopers at the state police station in New Castle said they believe the men range in age from 18 to 25 and are from the New Wilmington area.
No arrests have been made, but police said they have leads on the identities of the men.

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We see a lot of this sort of thing here in The Amish Paradise. Once, while out in my back yard, I heard what I thought was a boom car, coming down the street. The sound was sloooowwwwwly getting louder, accompanied by the gentle gait of a horse with a buggy behind. As I stared at the spectacle of four young Amish men in their buggy with obscenity laden rap music polluting the quiet summer afternoon, one of them did this: 

Surprising that Pennsylvania Dutch and English have so many similarities! But I digress.
I used to have a somewhat naive and touristy kind of belief about the Amish, who could really do no wrong, so I thought, but having worked with them and lived among them for nearly 25 years, I have come to the conclusion that they are just like everyone else. Only more inbred, much like the dogs and cats they breed and sell to unsuspecting people.

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