From Great Debates, or maybe it was IMHO:
Holy Moses, I cannot believe what some people can get away with saying if it’s about a small religious sect.
I mean, God forbid we should have a PROBLEM with “the Amish” because they’re “indicated as being particularly active in puppy milling.” I guess based on that, we should have a problem with them. But if they can just clean up their act, to use your words, why, then “we” won’t have a problem anymore. And of course, they use antiquated farming methods, God forbid. Because, of course, us modern folks don’t do anything to harm the environment, so we turn our noses up at the old farming methods as we drive by in our Ford Enormousondo SUVs to our job at the chemical dumping factory.
I’m sorry, but this is naked, open bigotry. It’s disgusting. Are ALL Amish involved in puppy milling? No? Then what’s the problem here? What, ordinary schmoes don’t mass-produce puppies? Or are you saying the Amish are disproportionately likely to be involved in puppy milling? Well, maybe that’s true - but in the United States, black people are disproportionately likely to be involved in selling and possessing crack than whites are. Does this mean we should “Have a problem” with them until they “Clean up their act,” at which point we won’t “Have a problem with them?” Or maybe we should “Have a problem” with Italians, because I’ve heard about that Mafia thing; why, if they’d just clean up their act, we wouldn’t have a problem with them! Here in Canada a lot of our aboriginals are unemployed and have alcohol problems. I have a problem with them! If only they’d clean up their act!
But of course I can’t say I have a problem with blacks, Italians, or aboriginals, because I would rightly be considered a complete idiot for saying such things. But when the AMISH are said to be involved in PUPPY MILLING, which of course is the worst crime imaginable, why, we should have a problem with them!
I guess it’s okay to rip on the Amish, though, because of course there’s little chance any will be on the SDMB, and it’s just fun to make fun of them, right? Jesus, what’s wrong with people? This turns my stomach. So they dress and act in a way you think is funny. So their buggies get in the way as you’re shrieking down the road 20 miles over the limit. So they aren’t perfect human beings; neither are you. Leave them alone.