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Man sentenced for hate crime after beard-cutting spree

Federal prosecutors presented this undated photo as evidence in the trial of 16 Amish men charged with hate crimes. (source: CNN)

Federal prosecutors presented this undated photo as evidence in the trial of 16 Amish men charged with hate crimes. (source: CNN)

Last week in Ohio, a leader of an Amish sect was given 15 years in prison for forcibly cutting the beards and hair of other Amish individuals in 2011. Others were also sentenced in what was considered an attack based on religious grounds:

To the Amish, a beard is a significant symbol of faith and manhood, and the way Amish women wear their hair also is a symbol of faith.

Persecuted as a hate crime, this case is relevant to Sikh Americans, as uncut hair and beard are also sacred aspects of the Sikh faith. Read more at CNN.

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