Investigative reporter Sheryl Attkisson interviewed Mennonites of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, earlier this month to find out how they dealt with the COVID pandemic — and their responses were stunning.
Mennonite Calvin Lapp explained to Attkisson that their traditionalist Christian culture primed them to resist the government’s heavy-handed and largely unscientific public health measures.
“There’s three things the Amish don’t like,” Lapp said. “And that’s government— they won’t get involved in the government, they don’t like the public education system— they won’t send their children to education, and they also don’t like the health system. They rip us off. Those are three things that we feel like we’re fighting against all the time. Well, those three things are all part of what Covid is.”
Instead of adhering to government protocols, the Amish opted to mass-infect themselves with COVID during a religious holiday in May to achieve herd immunity.
“When they take communion, they dump their wine into a cup and they take turns to drink out of that cup,” Lapp explained. “So, you go the whole way down the line, and everybody drinks out of that cup, if one person has coronavirus, the rest of church is going to get coronavirus. The first time they went back to church, everybody got coronavirus.”
It’s a worse thing to quit working than dying,” he continued. “Working is more important than dying. But to shut down and say that we can’t go to church, we can’t get together with family, we can’t see our old people in the hospital, we got to quit working?”
“It’s going completely against everything that we believe. You’re changing our culture completely to try to act like they wanted us to act the last year, and we’re not going to do it,” he added.
Not long after, the Lancaster County Amish community did indeed achieve herd immunity, according to the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
And they did it without masking, social distancing, hospitalization, or taking the COVID jab.
“We’re glad all the English people got their Covid vaccines. That’s great,” Lapp said. “Because now we don’t have to wear a mask, we can do what we want. So good for you. Thank you. We appreciate it. Us? No, we’re not getting vaccines. Of course not. We all got the Covid, so why would you get a vaccine?”
Attkisson reported that “there’s no evidence of any more deaths among the Amish than in places that shut down tight— some claim there were fewer here. That’s without masking, staying at home, or” vaccines.
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