Mennonite Childhood from Hell
I’ve always had a love of the Amish and Old Order Mennonite. They are hard workers, and the vast majority are lovely humble people with tight-knit families and a God-focused life.
But abuse isn’t limited to generational Illuminati families or the bloodline of Cain, and it’s not limited to the infiltrated Catholic Churches or various Protestant denominations like the much-publicized scandals in the Southern Baptist Convention, or the United Churches of Canada as whistleblown by Kevin Annett. Many church communities and denominations have troubles with abuse, and for some, it’s not directly Satanic. But Satan can infiltrate and cause trouble nonetheless, sometimes for many generations.
Hearing about abuse in Amish communities is relatively rare, up until recently. Silly TV shows like the Amish Mafia aside, physical, emotional, and mental abuse in Amish and Mennonite communities does happen. What has been reported captures it at a family level, and it is perpetuated and covered by their tight-knit communities. Amish community cohesion is generally a blessing, but in the case of reporting abuse and getting action taken on the report, it is more of a curse. The community tightens around the abuser to shield them from justice, and the cultural emphasis on forgiveness means that the victim must instantly forgive and never speak of the abuse again or risk being shunned by the community, which in that situation can only bring more pain.
This week, Eli Yoder’s YouTube channel brought out the heart-wrenching story of Dorothy Parker (no, not the poet), and her abuse at the hands of her brother and father.
Trigger warning for description of physical and sexual abuse.
In part 1, above, Eli Yoder speaks for Dorothy, because Dorothy is deaf and has difficulty speaking as a direct result of her brother and father’s abuse, some of which involved hitting her repeatedly in the head with a 2 x 4.
Dorothy grew up in a strict Mennonite Community in Danville, Pennsylvania. She was one of 16 children, nine of whom died before Dorothy was born. Considering the abuse Dorothy endured, Eli indicates that this death rate is rather suspect, and I agree. Her parents had 15 of the 16 children, and one was produced by her father and her aunt (she doesn’t state if it was her father’s sister or her mother’s sister).
She was six years old when she was first raped by her older brother. A year later, another brother hit her over the head with the 2 x 4 and split her head open. She recalls making many trips to the hospital and being called an “accident-prone child”. She was bullied at school and by age 13 was so fed up she tried to commit suicide.
Dorothy ran away from home multiple times but was always returned because she is missing half of one pinky finger, which her parents always mentioned to the Sheriff, and which likely aided in identifying her. Dorothy’s father called her a wh*re and told her she would never amount to anything.
Her church knew things were wrong in her family, but “swept it all under the rug.” One child abuser in her family’s church was simply transferred to another Mennonite Church in Canada as a solution to the problems he had caused. (This is very similar to many stories of Catholic Priests simply transferred to other churches when they were accused or caught abusing children).
Eli notes that the Amish and Mennonites have a “special tea”, that if a family member gets pregnant by a family member, they are forced to drink that tea to miscarry the baby. Dorothy was forced to drink this tea, at least once, as was at least one of her sisters.
The Amish and Old Order Mennonites are told that they are “God’s Chosen People” and that everybody else (who they call the “English”) are living worldly lives and they will all go to Hell.” The Amish believe that they are potentially saved by works (what they do) and not by God’s grace. This is one reason many leave the Amish because they actually read the bible and find out that they are saved by grace, not works.
Abuse like Dorothy endured is typically generational. (Sometimes, as illuminati deprogramming Christian therapist Gina Phillips recently pointed out, there are generational demons, curses, or other spiritual oppression causing these problems in families. She also notes that ‘the church’ has done an exceptionally poor job of teaching about this and helping families fix these sorts of spiritual problems. Many churches are infiltrated by Satanists planted in high positions. While the structure of Amish communities would make plants less likely, it is something to think about). Dorothy’s father also told her that their family was under a curse and that they would all be going to hell. He obviously knew something was wrong, but had no idea how to stop it or fix it.
Dorothy’s story isn’t the only testimony of sexual abuse in the anabaptists that Eli Yoder has shared, and he has been threatened by a number of people in the Amish community who want him to stop sharing these stories.
Part 2 of Dorothy’s Testimony. Trigger warning for description of abortions.
All child abuse no matter what the setting has themes, and one theme is “don’t tell”. Jessie Czebotar has said that during her childhood the repeated refrain was to keep the brotherhood’s secrets, at the penalty of death. For Dorothy, she and her sisters were whispered to by their father to never tell the family secrets, and if they didn’t, were given lavish gifts like bikes and roller skates. Dorothy’s sister Peggy Lee died without exposing the family secrets, and Dorothy waited to tell her story until her parents and other family abusers were dead. Many people do wait to tell until their abuser is dead, that’s another common theme.
Each girl in the family had their share of abuse. Dorothy’s older sister Shirley was forced to forge checks for their father, and Shirley paid the price for keeping her father out of prison and got sent to a foster home. That may or may not have been a blessing for her to be away from her birth parents.
There isn’t much help for strict Amish and Mennonite communities who are admonished never to talk to people outside of the community, including police and mental health professionals. Amish-owned and Amish-operated counseling and rehab clinics are garbage, says Eli Yoder. One man who went through one of them said that he never sought repentance and changed his ways until he spent time in prison. Why should he? The bishops of the church would always forgive him, and the victims were forced to keep quiet and never tell under penalty of punishment, which could include shunning or even physical force.
Dorothy says, “I have to fight to find reasons to live each day.”
Dorothy would like a puppy, but she got scammed and had her money taken from her, so Eli is taking Paypal donations here for the puppy and to give Dorothy a vacation if you would like to contribute. Every survivor should have a pet for comfort. You can see below that she states “I am not used to someone helping me without paying a price.” Breaking the cycle of violence and fear is important for healing, and I wish Dorothy well on this new phase of her healing journey.
Update July 19, 2021: Dorothy has gotten her puppy! This cutie’s name is Bella.
For some excellent Mennonite YouTube channels to learn more about their culture, you can try Positively Amy, Lynnette Yoder, Valerie Keim, The Mennonite Mom, Megan Fox Unlocked, and The Oasis Chorale.
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