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Thursday, November 24, 2011

"Hate crime charges filed in Amish beard cutting"

From CNN.com. A little different from your typical hate crime--it seems the attacks were not motivated by the Amish status of the victims (unless the theory is that they held to the wrong strand of Amish views), but that the form of the attack too advantage of the special significance of beard cutting to Amish men:

(CNN) -- Seven members of a breakaway Amish group in eastern Ohio were arrested on federal hate crime charges for allegedly shaving the beards and cutting the hair of individuals who refused to support their leader, according to a criminal complaint released Wednesday.

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The men charged are said to have carried out "a series of assaults against fellow Amish individuals with whom they were having a religiously based dispute," according to the Justice Department.

The Amish who were attacked are believed to be former members of Mullet's group who left over various disagreements. Mullet wanted to "seek revenge and punish the departing families," the federal documents said

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