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Church leaders in northern Indiana relent and allow followers to collect unemployment checks. It's become a matter of survival.
The Amish are defined by their religious beliefs, shunning automobiles, insurance and electricity in their homes.
But some in hard-hit northern Indiana realize they can no longer avoid one modern idea: unemployment checks.
The Amish church frowns on government aid, but it relented on unemployment checks after a wave of layoffs stung laborers in this settlement about 90 miles south of Indianapolis. Church leaders justified the decision because workers are collecting on the unemployment taxes they paid into the system.