Religion: Caring for Their Own

Church and state are separate powers in the Mennonite credo, but the brethren prefer to give the state as wide a berth as possible. Their tightly knit, theocratic little communities assiduously care for their own—and just as assiduously administer their own brand of law. Last week Mennonite law clashed resoundingly with the harsher realities of the law of the land.

Udder Trouble. It all began when sandy-haired Adin Hege, 52, a farmer in the Mennonite community at Maugansville, Md. bought a new cow. Adin discovered that the cow had an inflammation of the udder....

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