Hutterite Bishops Release Statement Regarding "American Colony" TV Show

Thursday, 14 Jun 2012 12:29 PM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Bishops Representing All Hutterites in North America have issued a statement
regarding National Geographic's "American Colony: Meet the Hutterites," airing on June 14, 2012

"We are deeply disappointed with the National Geographic Channel's depiction of the Hutterite people in their so-called reality series, 'American Colony: Meet The Hutterites,' filmed at the King Ranch Hutterite Colony in Montana. It's unfortunate that Jeff Collins and his production team chose to come through the back door rather than the proper channels to receive permission to film our people."

Hutterites are pacifist Protestants who, not unlike the Amish, live in tight-knit, traditional communities. Hutterites originated in Austria in the 16th century. Due to their refusal to bear arms, they were persecuted throughout Europe before immigrating to North American in the 1870s. Hutterite groups, which they call “colonies,” live peacefully on ranches and farms, where they follow the precepts of Christian community described in the Book of Acts.

"What was promised by the producers to be a 'factual documentary' is, in fact, a distorted and exploitative version of Hutterite life that paints all 50,000 Hutterites in North America in a negative and inaccurate way. Scenes and dialogue were contrived resulting in a 'make believe' depiction of how we live and the spiritual beliefs we cherish," the statement continued.

"We were reassured by the fact that it would be shown on the National Geographic channel. With its stellar reputation, the National Geographic has, in the past, been a hallmark for accuracy and sensitivity in its portrayal of the world's cultures and religions.

"This is not the case in this instance and we are compelled to say so in defense of the Hutterite people and the values and traditions we hold dear in a changing world and a challenging time.

"We are deeply saddened by the skewed image with which the public may now perceive the Hutterite faith and way of life. It is distorted and damaging, and we feel betrayed. We understand very well that we are not perfect and we face many challenges. Nevertheless, our vision is to live meaningful Christian lives in community as Christ has instructed us to do.

"On behalf of the Hutterian Brethern, we would like to express sincere thanks to the media and the public for the opportunity to present our point of view."




© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Fmr. Boston Mayor Menino Dead After Battling Cancer

Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 11:44 AM

Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who shepherded the city through the deadly Boston Marathon bombing and was the longes . . .

ACLU: FBI Seeks 'Green Light' to Hack Into Any Computer Worldwide

Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 11:22 AM

The FBI is petitioning the government for new powers to hack into computers for surveillance in what is being described  . . .

NYPD Fears Drones Used for Terrorist Attacks

Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 11:08 AM

In the past year, New York City's Police Department has taken a harder look at the possibility of drones being used for  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved