There have been few meaningful allegations made that the cast of Discovery’s Amish Mafia is not Amish. For some reason misdirecting fans by answering a question that was never really asked, Discovery has provided a video in which the cast look through a local index of Amish to prove that they’re in there. Kind of like the time they misdirected by telling fans they’re “not actors” which obfuscates the point one doesn’t have to be an actor to follow direction.
Among the actual allegations of fraud is anecdotal evidence that the Amish Mafia does not exist, Discovery using fake mug shots and the name of a fake police department, scenes of racketeering being faked, scenes of destruction of property being faked. Also, contrary to what is broadcast, the cast’s real rap sheets are almost entirely drink, drug, and vehicular related with very few violent crimes between them. For example, Alvin Lantz’s crimes include DUI and so does the rap sheet of Levi Stoltzfus.
This video below notes in voice over: “In every Amish community, there exists an official book that is in effect a directory of all of the descendants of the original Amish. In the Lancaster area, it is known as the Fisher Genealogy.” At which point they hold up a book called Descendants of Christian Fisher (1757-1838), and Alan Beiler, the first to make comment says “I have a Fisher book, every person that’s Amish is in the Fisher book. I have my own frinkin’ spot in the Fisher book.” He points to his entry and the rest of the cast do the same. The commentary continues: “It has been continuously updated since 1892.”
Which is irrelevant. And it’s fallacy of composition that attempts to demonstrate that the show is “real” by demonstrating that the cast is really Amish. The authenticity of one thing has nothing to do with the veracity of the other.