Friedensruh- After listening to a recent sermon on the evils of modernization delivered by Elder Frank Wiebe of the Reinlander Church, area farmer Issac Fehr has decided to revert back to using horses in his farming operation.
Apart from religious motivations Fehr indicated that he has become increasingly disenchanted with the smell of diesel fumes emitted by tractors and also that he really missed the “sweet aroma” of horse manure. Fehr also indicated that he has always been uneasy about the move from horses to tractors noting; “that very issue caused many Mennonites to move from Canada to Mexico in 1927″.
Fehr estimates that he will need at least 60 horses to replace his three tractors. Fehr admits that the cost of feeding and housing the horses will add an additional expense to his operation but argued that it would also create additional jobs.
When asked where these additional workers might come from Fehr stated: ” there may well be some Mennonites from Mexico returning to Canada following the Trump win which will effectively bar them from entry into the United States”.
Fehr indicated that he has not yet decided if he will be replacing his Chevy Suburban with a horse and buggy. “The missus may have something to say about that”.
A recent post by the Daily Bonnet which depicted a young woman with bare arms, claimed that American Mennonites who dress in that manner are simply exercising their right under the 2nd Amendment.
However not all Mennonites are in agreement.
Elder Peter Siemens, head of the Sommerfelder Church in Bolivia was quick to react. “I think it is shameful, bare arms, no head covering and smiling yet even,” said Siemens.
When asked if he felt that the photo in the Daily Bonnet could have a potential negative influence on his congregation in Bolivia Siemens indicated that was unlikely, “We don’t have the Internet here and we are not planning on getting it either so the chances of anyone down here seeing that are remote”.
When asked about his understanding of how the Internet worked Siemens said, “I saw it once when I was in Asuncion, Paraguay and it was not good, not good.”
Siemens went on to say that he will do whatever he can to protect his congregation from the Internet and other similar modern evil influences. He concluded with, “We did not leave Canada to go to Mexico, and then on to Paraguay and finally to Bolivia only to let that happen to us.”
The interview with Siemens was conducted via cell phone.