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Amish’s reaction to killings shows their abiding values

The Amish people may be old-fashioned, but their values are not out of date. At least, they shouldn't be.

When the milkman who killed five Amish schoolgirls and wounded five others was buried in Pennsylvania on Saturday, dozens of Amish neighbors were there to mourn with his family. The Amish have shown remarkable compassion for his family even while dealing with their own grief.

And they must be teaching their children to be unselfish, too. One of the slain girls, 13-year-old Marian Fisher, reportedly urged gunman Charles Carl Roberts IV to "shoot me first" in hopes that he would spare the younger girls.

Those shootings a week ago today were senseless tragedies inflicted on peaceful and righteous people.

But their reaction has educated those who thought of the 19th-century Amish lifestyle as merely odd.

Tragedy gave the Amish an opportunity to set an example of turning the other cheek and overcoming evil with good.

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