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Even the Amish are split on computer use.

Amish harness maker, Moses B. Smucker, uses computers to help with bookkeeping and plans to start a computer-leasing business. His former partner, who was not Amish, brought in a computer and left it with Smucker when he moved on.

Old Order Amish typically shun technology. However in the past 20 years many have had to move from farming to business to earn an income. Many of those business owners view computers as a necessary item to keep up with the world, but some Old Order leaders view them as blasphemous.

Differing views on technology have led to splits in Amish communities. One man's parents left the Old Order to join the more liberal Beachy Amish when it was discovered his father used a battery-powered light in his butcher shop.
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Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Date:Nov 1, 2000
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