Well, I've seen the Amish children barefoot with my own eyes, and screaming at and chasing after bewildered tourists, who did not act with intentional disrespect, but simply have no idea that their snapshot is considered a mortal sin in Amish World.<quoted text>
LOL Well, Tip, I've never seen their children barefoot, let alone in winter, selling their goods. And I got two lbs of Amish butter on Saturday. The kids are sometimes at the stands, but I loved being at my uncle's produce stand when I was a kid and I wasn't abused.
Now, I do think their furniture is ridiculously high, and I don't care for the style. Like any other group....some are fairer than others. And I think it varies from one part of the country to another.
As far as the photo thing, if that's their wish, I respect it. There are MANY times I say "Don't take my picture!" I'm not Amish, just unkept at times.
I've never seen 'Amish hell.' They are non-combative. I did see one beating his horse and I spoke up.
Think about it...a majority of Americans cannot name their own mayor, congressional reps or even the VP. They sure as heck have no knowledge about the traditions associated to the limited Amish community.
And, yes...the Amish also have a poor record on equine care.