How I escaped the Mennonites — and my ‘domestic terrorist’ father

In a case that made national headlines, Mennonite Robert L. Bear was excommunicated in 1972 for questioning church leaders and accusing them of hypocrisy — and treated sympathetically by the press for doing so.

A New York Times story from July 1973 called him “the model of raw‐boned American Gothic” and said he “seemed oddly cast as...