Woman Who Left The Amish Community Opens Up To Megyn Kelly | Megyn Kelly TODAY

Woman Who Left The Amish Community Opens Up To Megyn Kelly | Megyn Kelly TODAY


>>>IMAGINE WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE TO GROW UP IN A WORLD CLOSED OFF FROM SOCIETY WITHOUT MODERN CONVENIENCES LIKE ELECTRICITY, RUNNING WATER OR INDOOR PLUMBING. FOR EMMA GINGRICH, THAFLS THE ONLY LIFE SHE HAD KNOWN. SHE GREW UP IN A STRICT AMISH COMMUNITY, ONE OF 13 SIBLINGS, UM ONE DAY SHE REALIZED, I AM NOT CUT OUT FOR THIS. SHE’S HERE IN A MOMENT, BUT FIRST WATCH THIS. >>THIS IS A YOUNG EMMA GINGRICH WALKING WITH FIVE OF HER 13 SIBLINGS GROWING UP IN OHIO. >>THE AMISH GROUP I CAME FROM IS ONE OF THE LEAST MODERN COMMUNITIES. >>EMMA SAYS UNTIL SHE WAS 18 YEARS OLD EVERY DAY CONSISTED OF WAKING UP, COOKING BREAKFAST FOR HER FAMILY AND MILKING COWS. >>JUST GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS, DO THE CHORES. >>SHE ADHERED TO STRICT CLOTHING REQUIREMENTS, THE COMMUNITY’S ELDERS KEEPING A CLOSE EYE. >>THE PLEATS IN THE BACK ARE CORRECT AND CORRECT LENGTH. IT HAS TO COME DOWN TO THE ANKLE. NOT TOO LONG AND NOT TOO SHORT. >>WHILE BEING SURE HER HAIR WASN’T VISIBLE BENEATH THE CAP SHE WORE. ONE OF THE HAPPIEST MEMORIES DURING THAT TIME OF HER LIFE WAS GOING TO SCHOOL. BUT SHE SAYS EVEN THAT WAS BASIC AND ENDED BY THE TIME SHE WAS 14. >>WE LEARN HOW TO READ AND WRITE. MOST OF IT IS IN GERMAN. WE HAVE THE MATH AND SPELLING, BUT WE DON’T HAVE SCIENCE, HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY AND THINGS LIKE THAT. MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THE WORLD IS FLAT AND YOU FALL OFF THE EDGE IF YOU DO TOO FAR.>>BY THE TIME SHE REACHED HER TEENAGER YEARS, EMMA REALIZED THE AMISH LIFESTYLE WAS NOT FOR HER. >>I REALIZED I AM JUST NOT CUT OUT TO BE AMISH. THERE THERE WAS A LOT OF FEAR IN MY LIFE. FEAR I WASN’T GOOD ENOUGH, I WASN’T PERFECT, I WAS DOING SOMETHING WRONG. YOU COULDN’T EVEN SMILE IN CHURCH. I WAS LIKE, OKAY, I’M GOING TO LEAVE. SOME WAY OR SOMEHOW I’M GOING TO GET OUT OF HERE.>>AND SHE DID. JOINING ME NOW EMMA GINGRICH WHO WROTE A BOOK ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE “RUNAWAY AMISH GIRL:THE GREAT ESCAPE.” EMMA, WELCOME. CAN WE PICK IT UP WHERE THAT PIECE TOUCHED ON THE EDUCATION. YOU FINISHED AT AGE 14. WAS THERE ANY EDUCATION ABOUT LIKE THE NUMBER OF STATES, OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM, ANYTHING?>>NO EDUCATION ABOUT THAT. >>DID YOU KNOW WE HAD 50 STATES?>>NO. >>DID YOU KNOW WHO THE PRESIDENT WAS?>>NO, I DID NOT KNOW ANYTHING. >>WHAT YEAR DID YOU LEAVE?>>IN 2006. >>SO YOU DID NOT KNOW THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WAS GEORGE BUSH. >>NO, NEVER HEARD OF HIM. NEVER HEARD OF A PRESIDENT. >>OF ANY PRESIDENT. >>YES. >>DID YOU KNOW WHO GEORGE WASHINGTON WAS?>>NO. I THOUGHT HE WAS SOMEBODY’S GRANDFATHER. I SAW A PICTURE AFTER I LEFT, I SAW A PICTURE ON THE WALL AND I THOUGHT IT WAS SOMEBODY’S GRANDFATHER. >>THAT IS UNBELIEVABLE. SO THEY JUST SKIPPED THAT ENTIRELY. THERE WAS NO HISTORY TAUGHT TO YOU. >>NONE. >>WHAT YEAR WERE YOU BORN?>>’87. >>’87. SO WHEN 911 HAPPENED YOU WERE LIKE 12, 13 AROUND THERE, DOING MY MATH. >>YEAH. >>WERE YOU AWARE OF THAT? DID YOU KNOW?>>I THINK YEARS LATER I HEARD ABOUT IT BEFORE I LEFT THE AMISH. BUT I THOUGHT THAT IT WAS SOMETHING THAT GOD DID. >>WOW. >>THAT’S WHAT — >>IF YOU DON’T HAVE ENDOOR PLUMBING, YOU DON’T HAVE A TV. THERE’S NO ELECTRONICS AT ALL ALLOWED. >>NO. >>NO LIGHT SWITCHES. >>NO LIGHT, NO. >>WHAT DID YOU DO FOR LIGHT WHEN YOU WANTED TO READ, WHEN YOU WANTED TO EAT?>>LIGHT A KEROSENE LAMP. >>WOW. >>WHAT ABOUT — SO WHAT LANGUAGE DID YOU SPEAK?>>GERMAN, MIXTURE OF DUTCH. THEY CALL IT PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH.>>ANY ENGLISH AT ALL?>>WE LEARNED A LITTLE BIT OF ENGLISH IN SCHOOL LIKE YES AND NO AND MAKE SENTENCES. LIKE THE TEACHER WOULD PROVIDE A WORD AND WE WOULD WRITE A SENTENCE, MAKE A SENTENCE OUT OF IT. >>SO YOU HAD SOME ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD. >>SOME. WE WEREN’T ALLOWED TO USE ENGLISH AT HOME OR AT SCHOOL. JUST LEARN IT BUT THEN LEAVE IT.>>EVERYTHING WAS INCREDIBLY CONTROLLED. >>VERY CONTROLLED. >>WHEN I READ YOUR STORY, ONE OF MY MAIN QUESTIONS WAS DID YOU HAVE JOY IN YOUR LIFE? EVERYTHING SEEMED SO REGIMENTED.>>NO. I DON’T REMEMBER EVER HAVING JOY GROWING UP. THERE WAS NOTHING THAT I LOOKED FORWARD TO. >>WOW. SO HOW DO YOU GET OUT OF A COMMUNITY LIKE THAT, WHERE EVERYONE YOU KNOW IS IN IT, YOUR LANGUAGE SKILLS ARE NOT SET UP FOR LIFE IN THE OUTSIDE WORLD. YOU HAVE NO MODERN DAY KNOWLEDGE? WE’RE GOING TO TALK TO EMMA NEXT ABOUT WHAT SHE>>>WE’RE BACK WITH EMMA GINGRICH WHO WAS A MEMBER OF ONE OF THE STRICTEST AMISH COMMUNITIES UNTIL SHE TURNED 18 AND LEFT TO MAKE A LIFE FOR HERSELF. ONE OF THE UNUSUAL PROTOCOLS IN YOUR COMMUNITY WAS THE DATING RITUAL. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THAT?>>OH, MAN, DATING WAS WEIRD. THEY DO THE BED COURTSHIP. >>BED COURTSHIP? WHAT’S THAT?>>A GROUP OF GUYS WILL PICK OUT ONE PERSON, ONE GUY, AND ASK HIM IF HE WANTS TO GO ON A DATE WITH A GIRL. THEY WILL PICK OUT THE GIRL, TOO. THEN THEY WILL TAKE HIM TO THE GIRL’S HOUSE, UPSTAIRS TO HER ROOM AND WAKE HER UP. THIS IS ON A SATURDAY NIGHT FROM 11:00 P.M. TO 4:00 A.M. >>SO THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT SOMEBODY SHOWS UP IN YOUR BEDROOM. >>YEAH. >>THEN WHAT HAPPENS?>>THEY ASK THE GIRL IF SHE WANTS TO HAVE A DATE WITH THE GUY. >>LIKE RIGHT NOW. >>YES. >>IF YOU SAY YES, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?>>THEY LEAVE THE GUY THERE, AND HE STAYS IN THE ROOM.>>WHOA. >>WHOA IS RIGHT. WHOA, HEY, HOW ARE YOU DOIN’? IS THERE SEXUAL ACTIVITY?>>NO. >>WHAT DO YOU DO?>>THERE’S NO — TALK OR GO TO SLEEP. BUT FOR ME I NEVER TALKED. I JUST LAID THERE.>>SO A MAN, A YOUNG MAN WOULD GET IN YOUR BED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND YOU WOULD LIE THERE NEXT TO EACH OTHER. WHAT HAPPENS IN THE MORNING?>>HE GETS UP BEFORE THE FAMILY SO HE’S NOT SEEN. >>EVEN THOUGH IT’S WITH THE FAMILY’S BLESSING?>>YES. >>THEN DO YOU EVER SPEAK? THERE IS EVER ANY LIKE, I’M A SCORPIO. >>NO. WHEN I WAS AMISH, I DIDN’T TALK. I WAITED FOR THE MAN TO SAY SOMETHING BUT MEN ARE SHY, TOO, SOMETIMES. >>WHAT AGE DO YOU GET MARRIED?>>AROUND 19, 20. >>IS THAT THE COURTSHIP?>>YES. SO EVERY TWO WEEKS THEY HAVE COURTSHIP. IT’S A RULE. THEY HAVE — >>EVERY TWO WEEKS HE COMES BACK AND THERE’S SILENCE IN THE BED. IT’S HARD TO GET YOUR ARMS AROUND. I LOVE THE LINE, BEING AMISH IS NOT FOR ME YOU REALIZED. WAS IT THE INDOOR PLUMBING THAT DID IT? FOR MOST OF US, THAT WOULD BE THE DEAL BREAKER. I CAN’T KEEP DOING THIS. >>I COULD HAVE DONE WITHOUT INDOOR PLUMBING BUT THE DATING AND ALL THE RULES. >>THE ABSENCE OF JOY. >>NO JOY. NOTHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO. >>SO HOW — YOU GOT YOUR SELF OUT? IS IT TRUE YOU JUST WALKED OUT ONE DAY WITH THE CLOTHES ON YOUR BACK?>>YES. I WOKE UP AND I REALIZED, THIS IS THE DAY. I WROTE A NOTE, WALKED OUT THE DOOR, RAN BEHIND THE SHOP THROUGH A FIELD AND TO A FRIEND’S. I WAS ON THE ROAD AND WALKED TO THE NEAREST TOWN. >>I KNOW YOU WENT ON TO GET YOUR GED, COLLEGE DEGREE AND MBA, NOT TO MENTION LEARNING ENGLISH. WHAT’S BEEN THE MOST DIFFICULT THING ABOUT ADJUSTING TO LIFE ON THE OUTSIDE?>>ADJUSTING TO LIFE OUTSIDE BECAUSE DIFFICULT BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH I WAS DRESSED ENGLISH THEN, I STILL FELT AMISH. I FELT LIKE WHEN I WOULD DO OUT, PEOPLE WOULD BE MAKING FUN OF ME SAYING, SHE USED TO BE AMISH, WHATEVER, BECAUSE I EXPERIENCED THAT A LOT WHEN I WAS AMISH. >>WAS THERE ONE BIG SHOCK ABOUT A MODERN CONVENIENCE WHEN YOU GOT OUT?>>WEARING — PEOPLE WEARING CONTACT LENSES FREAKED ME OUT. >>WOW. >>BECAUSE YOU ONLY WEAR GLASSES. >>I WEAR THEM NOW, TOO. >>THEY ARE AWESOME. >>THEY ARE AWESOME, YES. >>I KNOW YOUR FAMILY HAVE NOT WELCOMED YOU. YOU DON’T HAVE AN ONGOING RELATIONSHIP RIGHT NOW. >>NO, I DON’T. >>DO YOU FEEL HOPEFUL YOU MIGHT IN THE FUTURE?>>JUST KIND OF LEFT IT. IF I DO, IT’S GREAT. IF NOT, I’VE ACCEPTED THAT THEY MAKE THEIR CHOICE, TOO. >>ALL THE BEST TO YOU.

100 Replies to “Woman Who Left The Amish Community Opens Up To Megyn Kelly | Megyn Kelly TODAY

  1. Wow. What a brave young woman…. for having to sit through Megyn Kelly’s interview and all her dumb, condescending questions.

  2. And many of us wish we could be closed OFF from this GOD forsaken world.
    By the way I hate the applause on these shows. So annoying.

  3. This has to be one of the most diabolical talk show episodes I have ever seen. Targeting the Amish is about as godless as one gets. Shame on Americans for being a sheep to Megan Kelly's sick and twisted agenda.

  4. I gotta let everyone know that not all Amish people and Amish women and girls are the same. Every community is different. This girl came from a Swartzentruber Amish community which is clearly different than the Old Order Amish culture that I grew up in. I left when I was 18 primary because of my Mom's physical and mental abuse. We learned how to speak English in school when we were about 5/6 years old. We had history, geography, arithmetic, spelling and writing in school but that was about it. We did learn about Abraham Lincoln and Christopher Columbus, etc. etc. We had to memorize lots of history and geography for tests. I still have a history date stuck in my head from school and I have no idea why. "Christopher Columbus discovered America on October 12, 1492" lol. Anyway, in the Amish communities that I grew up in they did know about President's but just didn't believe in having a President. They believed it was wrong to have one person above everyone and they thought it was too much like having a King. I could tell you much more but it'd turn into a very long comment 🙂 Just know that not everything this girl says is true of every Amish community. There are lots and lots of Amish communities and each one is a bit different.

  5. Shes the same age as I am, 31 during this interview and yet she acts 19.. so weird… also this kelly bish cant interview for sht. She asked the stupidest questions.

  6. Respect the Amish. Most of them are good hardworking people who we can all learn from! She is so lost.! Obviously

  7. How is today's public educational system any different from Amish schooling? College graduates today don't know any American or world history and can't identify most countries on a world map.

  8. Worse interview ever. In a shallow world that was all she cared about ?! She seemed like she was mocking her

  9. So what is your point ? She wanted to leave…..she left and no one stopped her. So the solution is to cause Amish to not have the freedom to practice the lifestyle they wish ? Typical liberal bs. We will decide who lives in freedom.

  10. She ran away to contemporary society, and I want to run away from it. The Amish have it right.

  11. This was a weird video. Things don’t add up. Her age? I think they made this quick video for the wow affect. Maybe they think it will interest people enough so they buy her book? Did not like the video. Now I know why Trump has a problem with her. She acts like a stupid kid?????? I have been around the Amish. My descendants are from the Pa. Dutch. They are just like other people except they have a very strong relationship with God. They have the same issues as all of us have. Just trying to survive. I guess she didn’t feel like she could survive in her community. Good for her she has the spirit to make her own way. Maybe that is what you should have focused on Megan. Her spirit and how she made it on her own. DA!!!

  12. Amish people seems stuck in medieval times, if you actually think it its much better for the earth, but technology has its perks that comes with a lot of bad.

  13. I am totally amazed. This young woman is incredibly brave, well spoken, and intelligent. I'm seriously blown away and want to read her book because I want to know more.

  14. Kelly is so ignorant! She obviously DIDN'T read her book and didn't delve very deeply into the Amish life or this young lady's life. She didn't ask about Rumspringa. Didn't ask if she had someone help her until she could live independently, etc.

  15. Funniest interview ever live by nun but Amish and they are always happy and speak very good English this women is trying to make it sound like Amish are such bad people amish are some of the best people ever are amish hardest working people as well

  16. She’s a keeper!! I wish I met a girl like that growing up! She’s smart, cute, and isn’t spoiled! What more could you ask for!

  17. This is so fascinating to me, because my own grandmother was a Pennsylvania Dutch person! She never said she was Amish, but it sure seems possible!

  18. Megyn was trying to embarrass the young lady by asking her what she didn't have but Megyn only embrassed herself.

  19. Barbaric. My mother left a similar sea of mind control. She was very innocent and never able to navigate things well. It was ok till my sister became disabled. For years, the idea of God healing her stopped all treatment. My sister put up a good fight but was also infused with that innocence that left her, as a disabled girl, subject to various forms of abuse. The whole family was so messed up. I won't go into detail about how it all ended, but let me just say now even I have trauma from it all. These closed groups……<shudder> . I wish I could forever be free of the memories, even though mine are from an outsider…….what they endure!!

  20. I am a black woman and mainstream society is quite flawed for all races, social classes, and most religions. I hope she did not make a mistake leaving the protection of the Amish community.

  21. Okay, hold on. This girl doesn't even have an accent so how could she say she grew up never speaking or knowing English?

  22. World is flat and she had no knowledge of politics ???? Ohhh my God …..Thats a crying shame she didnt know any of the demons who run this world . Amish are doing it right toward God ……they could lossen up just a bit but all in all they know this world is wicked and are on the correct path

  23. It's a cult, they have some good values, no divorce and tattoos etc, but if anyone leaves, they are supposed to be shunned by everyone.

  24. Wow..what a courageous young woman…weird all those religions pull the same thin with women…my prayers to set all people free..

  25. Pretty sure if she doesn't know who George Bush Jr. is, she won't know who George Washington is either. Her questions get so redundant…

  26. I just got the book on Kindle. To leave a lifestyle to go into an unknown lifestyle and start a life of her own is courageous.

  27. That's just wild..how ignorant of the world she was. I"m glad that she left that Amish life. It was more strict than other Amish, for sure. It good to see her so happy now.

  28. What a fake interview. I read your book but can't put in the effort to remember where you're from lol. Would rather have watched a pod cast.

  29. Why are people amused by a person that has been hidden from true history and the facts in the world. Every western school lies and controls your knowledge, that's the irony.

  30. No alcohol no fatness no usrey no creaking no church no cross democratic terrorist disobedient hates to see people live a natural life wants us like you have made a lot of mistakes in your right leav me aloun ???!!!

  31. This girl is so fake. Anyone who know the Amish, and the way they live, knows this girl is straight up lying.

  32. I’m happy that this young woman was true to herself and left to create the life she wanted. However, many Amish are very happy with their lifestyle and don’t deserve to be judged so harshly by this poor interviewer.

  33. Emma has an amazing story! The Amish community I grew up in, wasn't nearly as conservative and strict as hers, but leaving was just as hard. What many people don't understand is that there are dozens of variations of Amish, and no two communities have the exact same rules. Most Amish communities actually DO have indoor plumbing and are fairly knowledgeable on current events. But like she said, the Swartzentruber Amish are among the strictest and most conservative of them all. My blessings to Emma and the many others like her.

  34. I would think if she had been speaking german and pensylvania dutch all her life she would have an accent speaking english

  35. It's a cult. They just skipped over the fact it fits with all horrible cult feature. They control the people's knowledge/ education.

  36. and so she chose to live a peaceful society of good christians and live like dogettes who say "equal rights for women".

  37. Seems like she learned quickly to wear a dress a foot above her knee, went from one extreme to another- I travel to the Ohio towns she speaks of and know many and I believe this dating info was to sell books.

  38. I went to Pennsylvania on a tour. Everybody there spoke English I don't understand this girl they gave us a big tour and explained everything to usthey said that it was like any other religion you could take it as far as you wanted to some of the people had cell phones some of the people didn't explain about their clothes and the women the only thing I found strange is that they had very serious faces but they said the men more beers if they were married and the single fellows did not have beards I also saw couples dating in the carriages and the Taurus said that those people were on dates I said how do you know the man said because the guy doesn't have a beard I don't know how much of this story I believe. When she ran away where did she go I would have asked her where did you get your clothes she didn't ask how did she survive . And some of the people had lights and their house I asked the man how do you know this he said there are wires running to their houses from the phone poles. I went into the restaurants and Sol little children speaking English.So I am not sure that I believe this girl from my experience going to Pennsylvaniaand the tour guy explaining everything to us and also live around of lot of places where they have the restaurants and other businesses set up and everyone speaks English perfectly with no problem no broken Englishthe young people are as typical as The outsiders the girls like to go to the malls also what do they want to go to the malls for the same reasons as every young person like the mall. Like the poor guy said it depends on the individual but some of the people even had cars I think she just wanted to live and that is very normal but I think they swore to live a double lifebut the young people to break away and they will put on their English clothes and then go back and put on there Amish clothes and then there Amish I am not sure how much of this story I believe from my experience visiting Pennsylvaniaalso living around the Amish people with all their businesses set up all around me they sell swing sets furniture food that have restaurants and they all speak English and at times I even see the girls acting giggly as teenagers would I do believe that the young kids work at very young ages though and the restaurants to everyone seemed to have something to do whether it's sweeping the floor and you see young children doing these thingsI think it is a very private community and I think like the tour guy said it depends on the individual family and how far they want to take it as far as religion goes. If you live around Pennsylvania go there for a tour and you will see everyone there speaks English so I don't think she really had to learn to speak English

  39. Those pics of her were so cool she's so cute love that pic of guessing her old village in backdrop and her up in boots ect

  40. What an interesting story. She has got some giant cojones!! Considering she had almost zero knowledge of the English world and history, she has really done an amazing job interview integrating herself into an alien society and done so very successfully. She seems so bright and well spoken and has such a positive outlook on life. Not to mention she is absolutely adorable lol. I genuinely hope, at some point, her family comes around and accepts her again. However, if they don't, I hope she continues to be happy and healthy and lives a fulfilled life.

  41. Also, she comes off as way more intelligent than so many Americans that have the benefit of growing up outside of a community like the amish, and begin learning the history of the u.s. and other subjects like science and whatnot.

  42. I have a house very close to where she came from. Our property is surrounded by a large Amish population and also a wildlife preserve. There are two types of Amish there, the very strict group and more easy going. The strict ones teach their kids to not acknowledge the English (that’s what they call the non Amish) in any way and don’t teach their kids to speak English so they have to rely on their community alone. Then there are the typical Amish. You see them selling their goods, they have jobs and will also often employ English people. They realize that while they follow a strict life there are people around them who do modern things but they’re not going to teach their kids that the English are bad. The first week or two we lived there I took my kids to Walmart and the Amish love Walmart. They have parking spots for their horses and buggies. My kids and I love to say hi to people and the kids would often wave at other little kids and smile at them. The more strict Amish mothers would yell at their kids if they looked at us or waved. It’s quite sad! I have seen some good Amish people with good hearts but to claim to want nothing to do with the wicked English people but have no problem paying someone to drive you to a Walmart so you can load up on modern convenience is so hypocritical!

  43. If I were going to give this young lady advice it would start – be honest with yourself look for the truth. Read the Bible Matthew, Mark, Luke, John ask for help from someone trust worthy (don't lie, don't steal, no trouble maker)

  44. Would you take a look at my new YouTube channel? Every viewer and subscribe helps.  It’s a Meyer Briggs Personality Type type of channel. It’s something I’ve been intrigued by for a few years now.   Thanks Annie

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  45. She acts like the Amish was like a cult they let you leave if you want to. Of course I'm not Amish but I have an Amish beard

  46. The young lady has so much courage and has an incredible story to tell. Yet, the interviewer appears superficial, disengaged, and too often " makes silly" of the story. Shame.

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