Perks Challenge Faith Based Decision Making

by Hal Mooz 11. July 2013 10:53

Tradition and Temptation as Amish Debate Fracking

In parts of Ohio and Pennsylvania where horse-drawn buggies clip-clop at the pace of a bygone era, Amish communities are debating a new temptation — the large cash royalties that can come with the boom in oil and gas drilling.

In some ways, Amish attitudes toward hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, are as different from the outside world as their clothes and traditions. Instead of worries about air and water pollution, they're focusing on people's souls.

"Amish are no different than anybody else. The power of big money can bring spiritual corruption," said Jerry Schlabach, an Amish resident of Berlin, Ohio. "If we can keep our values and adhere to biblical principle, then it can be a very positive thing," he said.

But whether the fracking boom helps or hurts the Amish is up to the community itself, he said, since it's just another chapter in an ongoing struggle to maintain their beliefs in a fast-moving, modern world.

"The inflow of all the money is going to really expose the spiritual level of the community," Schlabach said. "If it does corrupt in a big way, then we know we have drifted spiritually."

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/tradition-temptation-amish-debate-fracking-19619499

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