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Corbett: End 'bigoted' TV series 'Amish Mafia'

August 14, 2014
Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Corbett and other Pennsylvania politicians have signed a statement calling on the Discovery Channel to drop "Amish Mafia."

The statement says "Amish Mafia" is a "bigoted portrayal" of the religious sect and misrepresents the Amish in Lancaster County as a "crime-ridden culture."

The statement was signed by 18 elected officials, including congressmen, state senators, state representatives and Lancaster's mayor. Pennsylvania's two U.S. senators signed a similar statement denouncing the show.

The campaign against "Amish Mafia" is being organized by a Lancaster-based group called Respect Amish.

The show purports to follow a group of Amish men who enforce law and order within the community. Questions have persisted about its veracity.

Discovery spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg declined comment on the letter. She has said the characters on the show are, in fact, real-life Amish.

 
 

 

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