Parents just assume that the young couple will become intimate, and many girls in fact become pregnant.
It seems that the sixteen-years-old Amish would benefit from being thoroughly proselytized and catechized at this age, rather than sent into an English world replete with distractions.
One Amish girl states, During the time when I was rumspringing, I did worry about what if I dont go to heaven just because I left? Walker states, I thought, wow, these questions arent in the culture and so everything is taken at face value.
Any kind of questioning or independent thought is beaten out of you. Other religious traditions around the world have a similar practice of shunning family members who leave the faith or commit some grave moral offense.
A less "religious" but equally troubling ethical question consists in the moral culpability of the Amish parents for the condition of their children.
One of the movies subjects, Faron, becomes extremely addicted to drugs and even begins to deal narcotics.
REVIEWS Devils Playground was an extremely eye-opening film that was nothing short of "Amish gone wild." The films chief value is anthropological as it informs the audience about the Old Order Amish culture and lifestyle.