I have a guy that comes into my work, he took the Mennonite religion as a child with his mother and he co-owners a farm with an Amish family here in NY. He also drives the Amish all over the country to auctions etc.
He has stayed with the Amish community for a while of one of the guys on the show in Lancaster, PA.
He was disgusted that this show was even being aired as the Amish faith states that there can be no documented images of the Amish, their bodies can not be marked with anything that can not come off and they can not show off their bodies.
The boy the other night got a huge tattoo that he knew would automatically get him shunned.
It is still surprising that Abe's mother is willing to have her face shown on camera, knowing that it is forbidden.
One thing, atleast TLC seems to be showing some respect when they are filling around the elders and other Amish. They are not showing their faces and are mindful when someone asks them to leave.
I'm still not sure about the show yet, time will tell...