Sam Mullet (above), alleged cult leaderQuote:
A group of men armed with scissors and battery-powered clippers attacked Miller, holding him down and cutting out a chunk of his beard, according to the Millers and law enforcement.
Arlene said that when it was over, her husband's beard was "about 4 or 5 inches" shorter.
The attackers targeted Miller's beard because, as a member of the Amish community, it is a significant symbol of his faith.
Arlene says the men attacked her husband because he had helped one of Sam Mullet's (the cult leader) children leave his Amish (breakaway) sect.
More: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/11/0 ... cted-cult/Q:
The cult leader (Mullet) asked: "Is beard-cutting a crime