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Wanna become Amish, how do I do it- Can I still drink beer?
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Jack Lovuater    Posted 02-28-2003 at 22:09:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thinking about joining a cult, want to know the rules, have the Amish about 100 miles from me in PA. Want to join and live my life in simplicity. Will they take a married beer drinking, retired electrical engineer who collects old equipment?

LH    Posted 03-01-2003 at 08:40:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have lots of Amish neighbors here in east central Indiana. And they do occasionally accept outsiders in, but its generally only through marriage and they have a specific purpose for doing so. A few years back it was observed and documented that a lot of Amish children were suffering form a varietey of birth defects that were attributed to them maintaining to pure a lineage. To counter this cetain orders have allowed outside marriages to take place to infuse new blood into the order. However I do not beleive from my observations that non birthright Amish are treated quite the same as those are born into the sect. IM not saying they are shunned,but they do still seem to be treated as outsiders for the most part. And yes the men do drink heavily, mostly beer, and even steel wheeled tractors are becoming popular for their use again

Sid    Posted 03-01-2003 at 08:00:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
As was mentioned earlier they pay taxes, they do benefit from Government services they travel public roads and highways some places have even built special shoulder for the to drive on. From what traffic I see going to and from the liquor store you should have no problem there.

Red Dave    Posted 03-01-2003 at 07:43:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know if you are serious, and I doubt you are, but I don't think the Amish will really consider you "one of them" unless you are born to it. You can live like an Amishman anytime you like though. Move to Paradise, buy a flat hat and a horse & buggy and you're set. Don't forget to rip the electrical service out of your house.
Why not try the Old Order Mennonites? They have a lot in common with the Amish and I think they would take you. Gotta give up the beer though.

hosslog    Posted 03-01-2003 at 05:50:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Jack, If you are serious go talk to their elders,they run the individual communities.
The only taxes they don't pay is social security,because they don't take anything from the government. They pay property, school, and income taxes and then support their own schools.

One Word For Ya...    Posted 03-01-2003 at 04:46:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]


"Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion"....L Ron Hubbard...Creator Of Scientology...


justin    Posted 03-14-2005 at 16:41:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am 16 yrs old, and I want to become amish. I don't drink, but I want to become amish. I read and study about them everyday. I can communicate with them well, and respect their church, and everything they do. I would really apperciate it if you could help me out in any way possiple!!!
Justin Crittendon

mojo    Posted 02-28-2003 at 23:02:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
you may have an excellent point! what's to keep 'us' from creating our own religion? REALLY! don't have to pay taxes, just send the bill to -kim-{whom i've yet to meet. and not looking foward to it from what i've heard!-skillet!;-)} we just donate everything to her and be done. sign over all titles and such and do it before 4-15 so we're out of the woods!
who cares about roads/schools/hospitals/etc!?!
let them tax the welfare folks!

Larry    Posted 02-28-2003 at 22:33:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I doubt that you would have any luck joining the Amish. They have a pretty closed society. But there's no reason you couldn't live the simple life on your own without the Amish.

mojo    Posted 02-28-2003 at 23:24:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
the amish are a 'sect' not a 'society'. a society is this place 'come one-come all'. it galls me that they can group together and buy up farmland because of the strength of their numbers and contribute nothing to the community.
they buy ground, but because it is church property they pay no taxes, no taxes, nothing back to the community. therefore all us 'survivers' pay for 'them' and all ........shucks....................

Larry    Posted 03-01-2003 at 07:40:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]

You better check into that a little closer. The Amish do pay all the taxes we do and they don't use any of the government services. For example they pay property taxes,which most of it goes to the public schools,and they don't even use them. They maintain their own one room schools and don't even get any of that tax money to do so. Some even pay social security tax,but never draw any pension when they get old. They just keep working until they are no longer able to. Then their family takes care of them.

Red Dave    Posted 03-01-2003 at 07:34:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
From Lancaster County, PA
The heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country.
The home of Bird-in-Hand, Intercourse, Smoketown, Blueball, Kinzers and all those other little towns the tourists like to snicker about.

The Amish pay the same taxes you and I do, State & Federal income tax, sales taxes, county income tax, property taxes, school taxes, etc.
The only one they are exempt from, as far as I know, is Social Security taxes. But then they don't get SS benefits either.

bob    Posted 03-01-2003 at 06:53:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
not to start a ruckas but I do believe they pay taxes. Property sales Income I doubt as they would be under liabilty.

Randy    Posted 03-01-2003 at 04:26:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
All the Amish I have dealt with were hard working honest people. I thought they gave plenty back to the community just by being themselves. I'd much rather "pay" for them then a person that won't work or a person in jail etc...

MikeC    Posted 03-01-2003 at 05:19:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well said!

Floyd    Posted 10-31-2003 at 09:45:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have been amish for a few years now. Before
I was amish I was a male prostitute. You can
easily become amish with a bad past. All you
have to do is take the amish oath. You can still
drink beer and get drunk every night and beat
your wife. Its OK. Just say these few words.
I am the amish
The few, the proud, the amish
when I became an amish
I beat my wife and children till 4

Well thats all you have to do sir. So go out in
life with a new outlook. Be proud, be strong,
you amish maniac. I love you.

k waller    Posted 12-30-2005 at 16:19:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
i was interested until i heard your voice. I quess they let anyone on this page. Have a nice day u idiot.

Wellll...    Posted 10-02-2006 at 17:24:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
No, does one convert?
Me and my friend have had it with this kind of life and need to convert

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