SLAUGHTERHOUSE SLOUGH #214: ONE CLEAR VOICE
A really thoughtful & well-written comment (yes, there is such a thing) on the comic on facebook, courtesy of Bing Cormier:
"I lived close to a colony in for a bit, a long time ago.
One local, who was very friendly with them, explained that another reason there are prejudices towards them is economics.
Hutterite colonies generally do not deal with banks, try to be as self-sufficient as possible and when possible, will prefer to do business with other colonies, rather than local businesses.
When things started to go very bad for family farms in the late 70s/early 80s, Hutterite colonies, in contrast, were ''in the black''. Colonies are governed by strict social rules and when a colony approaches 150-200 members, they will prefer to split.
This fact, along with long-term thinking and lots of free capital means that a lot of family farms got bought and turned into Hutterite colonies.
That probably gives lots of ammunition for the bigots.
On the whole, I really enjoyed every moment of contact with them. In general, it is a kind, caring and humble culture and even though I can't really admire their gender politics and seeming lack of democracy for the members, they are most definitely ''walk-the-talk'' Christians who are more concerned with love and kindness than hell-and-brimstone."