Asked by Linda from NY

Q: Why do they shun? It sounds so mean. 

A: Hi Linda! It is not meant to be mean. It is meant as a kindness. The Amish believe in a very literal heaven and hell. If they believe someone is in danger of going to hell, they will use shunning as a means to bring that person to repentance and back to the church.

Thanks for the question Linda!

 

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