Is the Amish Mafia Real?
Is the Amish mafia real? This is question that many are asking because of a reality TV show recently aired (as of December 11th, 2012). The main characters in this TV series are Lebanon Levi, Alvin, Jolin, and John. They are portrayed as the Amish people's law enforcement who do the dirty work for these normally peace-loving people.
For example, the show tells of an amish man who is trying to sell produce by the side of the road. He comes to Levi (the leader of the mafia) and complains of another man further up the road trying to use the amish name to sell rotten produce to unsuspecting buyers by pretending to be amish himself, thereby taking away his sales and tarring their name.
Some of the mafia members then go to the fake seller to confront him. Although the camera blanks before it happen, I'm pretty sure that we're supposed to believe they ran over the perpetrator's produce stand with their truck.
Who is Lebanon Levi?
According to some sources, Lebanon Levi's full name is Levi King Stoltzfus. He was arrested a total of three times, the most recent on November 8th, 2009. These arrests were mainly for driving drunk and speeding.
While these arrests were quite a while back, I don't think anybody would trust a guy with multiple arrests to be the leader of any law enforcement, especially Amish folks who don't allow TV partially because of all the voilence you can watch on it. This further confirms the stupidity of the show.
Let's take this logically...
First of all, let's take a healthy bit of common sense and apply it to the amish mafia reality show. If this "robin hood crew" really did exist, how would the government react to this illegal means to justice. I can guarantee that Levi would have had a big lawsuit to tackle if he really would have ran over than fake amish's produce stand with a truck!
Also, just because a man dresses like an amish definitely does not mean that he'll sell his produce any better. Let alone the fact that they supposedly rotten. I think any produce buyer could tell if something is rotten, and if he wants rotten tomatoes, perhaps he's trying to invent a new type of penicillin.
Now let's try something different. Let's imagine (if we can) that the government/police were okay with a rogue crew of inexperienced and untrained taking matters of justice into their own hands. (i.e. running over produce stands selling rotten tomatoes and chasing down hit-and-run buggy-car accidents and shoot the guilty one's car) Does anyone really believe that the amish would turn to the mafia instead of the local police?
Amish Mafia Inaccurate Facts
Now it is time to address a couple of the inaccurate facts that the show speaks of....
The Amish Church Leaders (bishops, preachers, and deacons) are same as the government of the amish. They take care of the politics within the amish.
Sorry guys! the only thing the church leaders lead is the church. Yes, the church does come up with the rules/ordinances of the amish, but note, I said the "church", not the church leader.
The way I understand it, the church collectively decides what they may or may not have. If one doesn't abide by the ordinances of the church, the bishop doesn't get Levi to arrest them and put them in some kind of jail cell, instead, the church goes to the person and asks him to correct and repent his wrongdoings.
You cannot force somebody to be a christian, and neither can the Amish enforce their way of life onto somebody. It's all about choice.
And no, they don't need Levi to go around handing out alms to the people in need, that's the deacon's job.
Jolin quotes the Bible: "eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth."
This is true, the Bible does say this, but they don't quote the next verse, so here it is:
Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. Matt 5:38-39 KJV
I really don't have to say anything more. Obviously, this particular guy didn't read his Bible very much!
THE WHOLE AMISH MAFIA THING
The stupidity of this show is something I just can't wrap my head around. What is twice as bad is the fact that this show is labeled as a reality show. There honestly isn't much reality in it!
I personally want to laugh and cry at the same time. I want to laugh because of how hilariously wrong this is, and cry because they portray this as the real amish, and some people who don't know any better will inevitably believe it as fact. This show is a complete lie, and Discovery Channel is completely ruining it's own integrity by airing it.
Who's taking advantage of the Amish now?