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Body of Mennonite Woman Found 250 Miles From Home

Sarah Krause, 27, believed to have been kidnapped from Farmington, NM

(Newser) - A 27-year-old woman living in New Mexico was kidnapped, investigators say, and her body has turned up some 250 miles away in Arizona. Sasha Krause, a member of the Mennonite community, was last seen leaving her home in Farmington around 8pm on Jan. 18. She was reported missing early the... More »

Mennonite Carriage 'Literally Destroyed' in Missouri Crash

Boy killed, 4 seriously injured

(Newser) - A pickup truck slammed into a horse-drawn carriage in Missouri on Thursday, killing an 8-year-old Mennonite boy and seriously injuring four members of his family, including two other children, authorities say. The crash happened at around 6:45am in a remote area of St. Francois County, about 80 miles southwest... More »

Midwife Arrested for Delivering Mennonite Babies

Mennonites are making a rare public stand in her defense

(Newser) - Mennonite women in upstate New York are making a rare public stand to defend a midwife who has delivered hundreds of their babies. Elizabeth Catlin was arrested in November for, authorities say, practicing midwifery without a license. She's a certified professional midwife, but New York requires midwives to possess... More »

Her Religious Beliefs Sent Her to Jail. Now They May Free Her

Investigator was held in contempt of court in death penalty case, but now, a 'dramatic change'

(Newser) - Greta Lindecrantz was sent to jail due to her religious convictions, and now, after two weeks behind bars, those religious convictions, as well as a "dramatic change in circumstance," will apparently set her free. Lindecrantz, a criminal defense investigator, was held in contempt of court Feb. 26 for... More »

Religion Bars Her From Testifying. Now She's in Jail

She opposes violence on religious grounds, won't testify in death penalty case

(Newser) - Greta Lindecrantz says her Mennonite faith bars her from testifying in a death-penalty case in Colorado—and as a result, she's been behind bars since Monday. Lindecrantz worked as an investigator for the defense team of Robert Ray, who was sentenced to death in 2009 for ordering the deaths... More »

Mennonite College Bans National Anthem

School should look to "Christ rather than country," says board

(Newser) - A Mennonite college will stop playing the national anthem at sports events, after some complained that the song violated pacifist ideals; the Indiana school’s board of directors said the college’s “allegiance should be to Christ rather than to country,” the Religion News Service reports via Huffington... More »

11 Dead in Kentucky Truck-Van Crash

Truck crossed median, hit church van with 18 Mennonites

(Newser) - At least 11 people died in a fiery crash between a tractor-trailer and a church van early this morning on Interstate 65 in south-central Kentucky. A southbound semi-truck is said to have crossed the median near Munfordville, about 75 miles south of Louisville, and plowed into the van, which was... More »

Ohio Mennonites Selling Hobbit Tea Line

Including Gandalf the Gray Tea and Bilbo Baggins Breakfast Blend

(Newser) - A 31-year-old Mennonite farmer has scored the rights to market a line of teas based on JRR Tolkien’s classic The Hobbit, and blends like Bilbo Baggins Breakfast Blend and Gandalf the Gray Tea are now available online —shipped directly from Middle-earth via Ohio. “We liked the small... More »

To Dodge Obamacare, Turn Amish (or Mennonite)

Measure based on tax laws aimed at Amish

(Newser) - Backers of health care reform on Capitol Hill want a plan that mandates insurance for all—but they appear willing to bend the rules for some religious Americans, Maura Reynolds of CQ Politics reports. Current legislation contains a religious exemption based on tax laws meant to give leeway to the... More »

Amish Finally Cotton to Unemployment Checks

Church elders ease restrictions to help workers weather recession

(Newser) - Some Amish have decided unemployment benefits are one modern invention they can’t afford to shun, reports the Los Angeles Times. The shrinking supply of affordable farmland has forced a growing number of Amish men into factory work in recent years, and church elders relented on restrictions on government aid... More »

Mennonites, Amish Battle Hospitals Over 'Inflated' Bills

Struggle reveals rosy financial state of nonprofit hospitals

(Newser) - Jesse Martin shuns health insurance and government aid, although nine of his kids are seriously ill. Like other self-sufficient Pennsylvania Mennonites, and Amish too, Martin avails modern medicine for the fatal diseases that are ravaging their families—but is hard-up to pay the bills, which Martin claims are inflated. "... More »

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