Yes, Amish people hug one another. They are known for being suspicious of the outside world but are a very tightly knit community.
Christianity in the United States
Amish life in the modern world
Algeria • Angola • Benin • Botswana
Burkina Faso • Burundi • Cameroon
Cape Verde • Central African Republic
Chad • Comoros • Côte d'Ivoire
DR of Congo • Republic of Congo
Djibouti • Egypt • Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea • Ethiopia • Gabon • Gambia
Ghana • Guinea • Guinea-Bissau • Kenya
Lesotho • Liberia • Libya
Madagascar • Malawi • Mali • Mauritania
Mauritius • Morocco • Mozambique
Namibia • Niger • Nigeria • Rwanda
São Tomé and Príncipe • Senegal
Seychelles • Sierra Leone • Somalia
South Africa • Sudan • Swaziland
Tanzania • Togo • Tunisia
Uganda • Zambia • Zimbabwe
Bangladesh • Bhutan •
Brunei • Burma • Cambodia •
China • Hong Kong • India •
Indonesia • Japan • Kazakhstan •
Korea • Laos • Malaysia •
Maldives • Mongolia • Nepal • North Korea • Pakistan •
Philippines • Russia • Singapore •
South Korea • Sri Lanka • Taiwan •
Tajikistan • Thailand • Turkmenistan •
Uzbekistan • Vietnam
Clinic for Special Children
As time has passed, the Amish have felt pressures from the modern world. Their traditional rural way of life is becoming more and more different from modern society. Isolated groups of Amish population may have genetic disorders and other problems of closed communities. Amish make decisions on health, education and relationships based on their Biblical beliefs. Amish life has influenced some things in popular culture.
Religion in the United States
The Clinic for Special Children is a gene research clinic located in Strasburg, Pennsylvania. Established by Dr. D. Holmes Morton, the facility specializes in genetic problems of the plain sects such as the Amish and Old Order Mennonites.
The clinic treats about 600 children for 80 different genetic disorders or syndromes such as glutaric aciduria (GA1), maple syrup urine disease (MSUD), Crigler-Najjar syndrome (CNS), and medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (MCADD). Not all the children are Amish or Old Order Mennonites; about 15% of the children come from elsewhere, including Africa and Asia. About 75% of the children are treatable—and a third of those are highly treatable, many through techniques developed at the center.]citation needed[ The center is responsible for nearly two dozen scientific papers.
Religion in the United States is characterized by a diversity of religious beliefs and practices. Various religious faiths have flourished, as well as perished, in the United States. Religions that span the country's multicultural immigrant heritage, as well as those founded within the country, have led the United States to become one of the most religiously diverse countries in the world. A majority of Americans report that religion plays a "very important" role in their lives, a proportion unique among developed nations.
The majority of Americans (73–80%) identify themselves as Christians and about 15–20% have no religious affiliation. According to the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) (2008) 76% of the American adult population identified themselves as Christians, with 25% identifying themselves as Catholics, and 51% identifying themselves as Christians spanning some 30 religious groupings. The same survey says that other religions (including, for example, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, and Hinduism) collectively make up about 4% of the adult population, another 15% of the adult population claim no religious affiliation, and 5.2% said they did not know, or they refused to reply. According to a 2012 survey by the Pew forum, 36 percent of Americans state that they attend services nearly every week or more.