Hair we go again. Remember the story which made news back in 2011 of a beard-and-hair-cutting attack by one Amish faction against members of another Amish faction? For shear cut-zpah, this topped everything….at least, by way of religious headlines:
Because the Amish believe the Bible is the holy, inerrant word of God and teaches, among other things, that hair is sacred, their men grow a beard. Cutting it is regarded as shameful; to do so forcibly is nothing less than a bald-faced assault, as a pun-loving jury found Sam Mullet and his faction guilty of in 2012:
Since then, Mullet and seven of his disciples have been serving multi-year prison terms while their attorney appealed. Now comes word that, in a split-decision on August 27, a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the convictions. While the government considers its appeal options, the defense attorney will seek to have Mullet and his fellow cut-ups released. If this happens, their victims may well find themselves running for their beards, if not their lives. Of course, horse-drawn buggies are also an option, especially for the slow-afoot.
Now you may think that if the Bible is the holy, inerrant word of God, it wouldn’t be the Scriptural equivalent of the Elephant and the Blind Men parable at best, and at worst, the Hydra it has become at the hands of every self-delusional head case in history, bearded or other-wise. To say nothing of the Koran. Is there anything man can’t or won’t screw up?