Trouble in Amish Paradise

59 minutes 9.7/10 based on 6 votes

Trouble In Amish Paradise

An extraordinary insight into the secretive world of the Old Order Amish of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

When two radical Amish men, Ephraim and Jesse Stoltzfus, start to question some of the most fundamental aspects of their Amish culture, they face excommunication from their church and total rejection by their friends and family.

Released 2009. Director: Andrew Tait. TV documentary

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  • Wiz

    Ephraim is a very likable guy…and this doc is serious and not trying to sensationalize.

  • Atheist Anarchist

    Wow. This was great. Very enlightening. My heart goes out to the little girl and their family & friends.

  • Taking your kid off chemotherapy and rely on God to heal her…that’s just bad parenting.

    Interesting doc though…

    • Atheist Anarchist

      I’d like to point out that they did not take her off chemo, and I’m not sure where you got that idea from. But yeah, faith healing is an atrocity.

  • @Atheist Anarchist : Ephraim wanted to take her off chemo, but the state wouldn’t allow him to…it says so in the doc.

  • SophE

    So would they be mennonite? I live in lancaster county and there are an abundance of mennonites.

  • abc

    I envy them the part where they live on a farm in close, helpful community, without modern, unnecessary home entertainment centers. Which ironicly they use anyway (not the entertainment centers, but ”modern” stuff in general).

    But on the other hand. I love this documentary. It’s really of good example of how you can control people. Keep them uneducated and keep them in fear. In this case fear of throwing them out of the community. That is the only way church based communities can function. And human race in general. We don’t want the government, yet we need it, ’cause we need someone to make decisions for us.

    And praying for someones health while he’s on medication is just nonsense. Try no drugs and then let’s see what god’s will is.

    Is it just me, or is Ephram a real dush? He didn’t need the set of rules anymore, ’cause now he has bible, full of new rules. And he’s not able to realize, he needs more than just God if he wants to survive in this World on his own.

  • susan

    He tries really hard not to have to work, says he wants God to provide. God helps those who help themselves. If the guy put all that energy he uses trying NOT to work into a job his family wouldn’t have to do without. And let’s all be honest, taking her off chemo to try faith healing was all about money, I think he wanted her off because if she stays on he might have to actually get a job. Gods work STARTS by taking care of your family, he needs to man up.

  • Berrtrand

    L
    ighten up and stop picking the doc. apart and enjoy and man (Ethraim) and his family s everyday life. I would love it if more people of all races and nationalities had a fraction of this mans heart and soul. Nobodies perfect (especially me) but it would be an absolutely better off world to live in..

  • Maxine Godfrey

    gee, will they be shunned in heaven, too? or is heaven carefully segregated, so each separate sect can have its own quadrant of sky? if they ever really thought the concept of heaven through — i mean, REALLY thought it through — they might just see how ridiculous it is. meantime, i guess heaven is chock-full of rules. no room at the inn for the rule-benders or -breakers.

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