Many people have told me that when they visit the Amish, they feel cleansed. It takes them back to their childhood or what they wished they had. A simpler time. Fewer choices which makes for an uncluttered mind.
I was born in 1960. My parents were from the Greatest Generation, the men and women who went through the Great Depression and World War II. Right was right and wrong was wrong, plain and simple. And one word that was definitely wrong to my dad’s ears was the word “queer”.
Queer. To me it meant odd or weird. To my dad, it meant someone who may have dodged the draft by saying they didn't like girls, hence not pulling their weight during the war. Men were asked during the drafting process “Do you like girls?” If they said no, they couldn't serve.
The Amish still live back in the 1960’s in many ways. Back then, the USA had more of a Christian Worldview. The topic of being gay didn't even come up around the dinner table (We ate meals together). Divorce didn’t come up much either. The health of the family unit, one man married to one woman, was revered. I went to a large public school and only one person was dealing with the divorce of her parents. Coming out of the closet meant the gym locker room. No one said they were gay unless they meant they were happy like in the West Side Story song, I Feel Pretty... "I feel pretty and witty and gay.”
Today, opinions shift like sand on many matters to be “cool, groovy or marvy”. (Had to throw in 1960’s lingo ;) The Amish simply do not care what people think of them. They even get uncomfortable when people think too highly of them.
Do they condone gay marriage? No. That’s what they’ll say if you ask them and then change the subject. They’re not even comfortable talking about it because it’s so foreign to them, just like in my growing up years.
Are they concerned about the way the culture in America is headed? Yes, but they’re not surprised. Do they hate people who are gay? No. They believe every person is made in the image of God. They wouldn’t condone any harm or harassment to anyone no matter what. Do they believe in gay marriage. No, they hold to the Biblical view that marriage is one man and one woman.
Oh, I love the Amish. There’re very few people in the world don’t care if they’re not groovy, cool, or marvy." ;)
Eight million tourist from around the world visit Lancaster County alone each year. Maybe they're looking for a trip back to the past.