Parents' Guide to

Amish Mafia

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Gritty docuseries distorts image of Amish community.

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Amish Mafia cites the 2006 Amish schoolhouse shooting as the point at which members of the Amish community began feeling the need to become more proactive in protecting themselves against the English (non-Amish) and others who take advantage of the church's passive culture. It reveals how this group of gangsters believes that they are fulfilling some of this need. It also shows how they use the bible's proverbs (especially Exodus 21:24 "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth") to justify their thug-like activities, despite the fact that most of what they do is self-serving.

There is some question about the legitimacy of the cast, who, according to Amish-law, are violating their own religion's rules by appearing on camera. They also drink, swear, and engage in violent and vengeful behavior that most Amish communities find unacceptable. But regardless of whether or not they are, were, or have ever been active members of the Anabaptist church, they succeed in contributing to a very voyeuristic -- and distorted -- look at the Amish community.

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