Exploiting the Amish: Enough Already!

Last Friday, I was in a Christian bookstore shopping for my wife. As I perused the fiction racks, I felt bothered by how many books dealt with the Amish. Series after series focused on these people who just want to be left alone.

My niece Paula, who manages a Christian bookstore, told me that 1 out of every 5 Christian fiction books that are sold deal with the Amish. Christian capitalism at work. Evangelical publishers and authors are making tens of millions of dollars off of the Amish. How much money do you think the Amish get out of it?

As if that’s not enough, there is the “Beverly Lewis Amish Heritage Cookbook”, the “Pocket Guide to Amish Life,” “Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom from the Simple Life,” “The Simple Joys of the Amish Life,” and many more.

This is just creepy. It’s a blatant form of exploitation, and I find it disturbing.

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