1. Voting is rare
a. Only around 10-15% of Amish people cast ballots in presidential elections.
b. Amish are more apt to vote when it involves issues that will affect them (for example: zoning).
c. Reasons why Amish generally don’t vote:
i. They view the world as a material kingdom and do not want to conform to it in any way
ii. Because Amish do not enter public office or take positions in government positions, they have less drive to vote.
2. Amish rarely accept government handouts
3. Amish do not go to war
a. Amish believe that by resisting violence and avoiding service in war, they are following Christ’s example.
i. They believe that Jesus accepted the beating on the cross at Calvary ...view middle of the document...
Barn raisings require much organization and create a need for supplies and labor.
i. They are usually led by one or two Amish men, who will lay out plans for the barn ahead of time and organize to make sure the materials are available on the day of the barn raising.
ii. All labor is voluntary and free.
c. Barn raisings can take up to a week to finish from beginning to end.
d. While the men are building, the woman are cooking and preparing a huge meal to serve at dinnertime.
e. A barn raising is an event that combines the act of socializing with a practical goal.
f. Hundreds of Amish attend to help from the ages of six to adult
2. Auctions and Horse Sales
3. Hunting and Trapping
a. Amish see hunting and trapping as a way to enjoy God’s creation and spend time in nature and the outdoors.
b. Hunting and Trapping serve as practical purposes such as providing food for the family.
c. Some consider hunting solely for sport and finding trophies as wasteful and prideful.
____________________________ ________________________ (Women’s Hobbies)
a. Amish women pour hours into their quilts and quilting in order to show love to family and friends.
b. The stitching, choice of color and fabric, and design give Amish women a chance to express themselves and be unique.
c. Amish do not have television or computers to occupy their times, so Amish women use quilting as a common pastime.
i. Quilting Bees in which several Amish ladies in the community come together to work on a quilt are a common social activity among Amish women.
d. Many Amish women give their finished quilts away as gifts or sell them for a profit.
2. Noodle Making
a. Amish women gather together to have noodle making days; it is also a very common...