Pennsylvania governor: End TV series ‘Amish Mafia’
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and other politicians have signed a statement calling on the Discovery Channel to drop the series “Amish Mafia.”
The statement says “Amish Mafia” is a “bigoted portrayal” of the religious sect and misrepresents the Amish in Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County as a “crime-ridden culture.”
The statement is signed by 18 elected officials, including congressmen, state senators, state representatives and Lancaster’s mayor. Pennsylvania’s two U.S. senators signed a similar statement.
The campaign against “Amish Mafia” is being organized by a Lancaster-based group called Respect Amish.
The show purports to follow a group of Amish men who enforce law and order within the community. Questions have persisted about its veracity.
Discovery spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg declined comment on the letter.