Amish Hate Crimes Addressed in “Dreams, Faith & Ammunition"

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Samuel Mullet Sr. and his 15 followers are on trial for alleged hate crimes (US District Court, Northern Ohio, Case No. 5:11CR594). Recently published “Dreams, Faith & Ammunition” documents religious offshoots and hate crimes in the 19th century.

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Hard to believe how Americans could kill fellow Americans but the book offers more insight on that mind-set while giving an account of the lesser-known Strangite Mormons.

In Cleveland Ohio, a jury deliberates on whether or not Amish leader Samuel Mullet Sr. and his 15 followers are guilty of committing alleged hate crimes against more traditional branches of the Amish faith. When hearing the details of the trial some might ask; why do some choose a path less traveled as part of their faith? Why are some threatened by this? How does a religious leader break from traditions of his or her faith and lead in a different direction? Historical fiction novel “Dreams, Faith & Ammunition” addresses these questions by following similar circumstances within the nineteenth century Mormon Church. Told from the point of view of a man who joined Mormon leader Joseph Smith’s flock, and then Jesse Strang’s offshoot, a tale unfolds of prejudice, brutality, state trials, and murder.

Strang led hundreds of Mormons north as Brigham Young led thousands west. Strang served in the Michigan legislature while ruling his flock on Beaver Island and was tragically assassinated in broad daylight in front of dozens of witnesses including the crew of a US warship. No one was ever prosecuted for the crime even though the killers were well documented. But Strang and his flock were not completely innocent. They had retaliated against the Catholics of Northern Lake Michigan on a number of occasions. Violent confrontations between the two cultures escalated over an eight-year period, which ultimately ended in calamity for Strang and his flock. It was a time of turmoil for the citizens of the United States. “There were plenty of distractions. Harpers Ferry occurred shortly afterward and that event was one of the factors that led to the outbreak of the Civil War,” the book’s writer Sven Davison states. “There was plenty of mistrust among neighbors. Hard to believe how Americans could kill fellow Americans but the book offers more insight on that mind-set while giving an account of the lesser-known Strangite Mormons.”

“Dreams, Faith & Ammunition” is part historical fiction, part memoir. Two men, three timelines, one location; “Dreams, Faith & Ammunition” is a story about seeking the Promised Land. In the nineteenth century one man seeks it literally, first by following Mormon leaders Joseph Smith and then James Strang, to build a Kingdom of God on earth. In the twentieth century, another man envisions the Promised Land as the rewards and lifestyle he will achieve once he finishes his great American novel.

Both men move to Beaver Island, Michigan to fulfill their ideals. Both men face unforeseen obstacles and must overcome personal demons in their journey of faith and suicidal depression.

“Dreams, Faith & Ammunition” is being released slowly as part of a grassroots campaign. It is currently available exclusively on Kindle Direct Publishing.

“Dreams, Faith and Ammunition is a deeply moving work… that I couldn’t put down.” D. Welch

“Very good book. I admire the courage it took to write it.” By Leslie

Davison is an award-winning author living with his wife and son in the Los Angeles area. “Dreams, Faith & Ammunition” his is his third novel. “State of Union,” the sequel to Davison’s “State of Mind,” is still on track for release in late fall of this year. The third installment of the “God Head Trilogy” will be released in the spring of 2013. That title will be announced around the time “State of Union” is published.

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