Donald Kraybill’s “Renegade Amish: Beard Cutting, Hate Crimes, and the Trial of the Bergholz Barbers”

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Guest: Donald Kraybill

In the fall of 2011, the Amish community in eastern Ohio was shaken by a string of beard-cutting attacks on men perpetrated by other Amish community members. Sixteen people were convicted of multiple charges that included hate crimes, but the convictions were recently overturned by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In this hour of Radio Times, Amish scholar DONALD KRAYBILL joins us in studio to discuss his new book Renegade Amish: Beard Cutting, Hate Crimes, and the Trial of the Bergholz Barbers which examines the crimes, the community, the role of the 2009 Shepard-Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and how the case will play out.

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