FBI Arrests 7 In Amish Haircut Attacks In Ohio

BERGHOLZ, Ohio (AP) - Federal authorities have arrested seven men in Ohio on federal hate crime charges in hair-cutting attacks against the Amish.

Authorities arrested the men Wednesday morning at their compound in eastern Ohio. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Cleveland says the men are expected to be arraigned later Wednesday.

Authorities say members of a breakaway Amish group forcefully cut the beards and hair of several Amish men and women in recent months. Among those arrested Wednesday are the breakaway group's leader and three of his sons.

Cutting the hair is a highly offensive act to the Amish, who believe the Bible instructs women to let their hair grow long and men to grow beards and stop shaving once they marry.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Bill Location: Belpre on Nov 27, 2011 at 06:52 PM
    I shave and I like amish cheese. Why can't we all just get along?
  • by so funny on Nov 27, 2011 at 05:47 PM
    This is the funniest news story I have ever heard!
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      by so funny on Nov 27, 2011 at 09:55 PM in reply to so funny
      Excuse me, read not heard :)
  • by Teresa Location: ohio on Nov 27, 2011 at 07:09 AM
    I just recently went to the Amish country. On the way home my family and I were talking about how polite they(Amish) were. I think that we all need to take a lesson from the Amish. I mean seriously, how often do you hear of them getting involved in crimes that most of "our" people do??? I would love to learn more about the Amish culture. They are all so nice and caring people, oh and the kids are VERY polite as well.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 29, 2011 at 04:55 AM in reply to Teresa
      Only reason thier nice is because they want your money.
  • by Roger on Nov 26, 2011 at 06:15 PM
    To those of you bad mouthing the Amish, shame on you. You are apparently not as familiar with them as I. They certainly respect our military veterans and I am proud to have been a combat veteran who respects their freedom of religion. They are NOT a cult.
  • by Linda Location: wv on Nov 26, 2011 at 05:59 PM
    Someday these people will meet God and let them try to cut his hair and shave him. These people are scared of their own shallows, if they have to pick on people who wouldn't hurt anyone. Why don't they go after people who sexual abuse children and killers who get their kicks by hurting people. Are you afraid of these people.
  • by ml Location: west virginia on Nov 25, 2011 at 03:54 AM
    if they dont serve in our military , then they shouldnt have the use of our FBI services. The whole not paying taxes is totally not fair. For the sake of religion people get special treatment.
  • by Roger on Nov 24, 2011 at 06:00 AM
    Just one more reason that I'm greatful we have the FBI
  • by Fred Location: North End on Nov 23, 2011 at 10:58 PM
    The Amish religion is a cult that does not pay taxes, does not serve in the military, and treats women and children like livestock.
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      by ViennaGuy on Nov 24, 2011 at 06:14 PM in reply to Fred
      Gee, Fred, could you be any more intolerant of someone's religion?
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        by Fred on Nov 24, 2011 at 11:33 PM in reply to ViennaGuy
        They don't bathe, either. Enjoy your cheese!
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          by henrietta on Nov 27, 2011 at 08:57 AM in reply to Fred
          years ago i was at doctors office and saw an amish lady and kid and they had the medical card...i seen it with my own2 eyes...outta live north of here...they travel the state roads in their horse and buggies..and its is usually a woman and kids in the buggy..what man would send their wife and kids to sell things along the road in a horse and buggy..no seatbelts or car seats.. and they cause alot of accidents..and then take people 2 court for it..they want the best of both worlds..
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      by Wow on Nov 25, 2011 at 05:58 AM in reply to Fred
      Christianity is a cult too, and every other religion known to man... All of them follow blindly.
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        by Tom on Nov 28, 2011 at 04:57 PM in reply to Wow
        I am praying for you Fred.
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          by Fred on Nov 28, 2011 at 09:29 PM in reply to Tom
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