They also taught separation of church and state, something unheard of in the 16th century.Later known as the Mennonites, after the Dutch Anabaptist leader Menno Simons (1496-1561), a large group of Anabaptists fled to Switzerland and other remote areas of Europe to escape religious persecution.
Amish beliefs are similar to other Protestants; it is their way of life that primarily differentiates them from other Christian denominations.
Despite the small size of the Netherlands, the Dutch left behind a legacy in excess of their mere numbers.
The Dutch people are generally seen as the pioneers of capitalism, and their emphasis on a modern economy, secularism, and a free market ultimately had a huge influence on the great powers of the West, especially the British Empire, its Thirteen Colonies, and ultimately the United States.
Still, I don't think anyone is trying to mock their plain neighbors.
I'm in Ohio and we have great respect for the Amish---especially their cooking, and furniture making--in fact I think we idolize their 'plain' ways a bit--so I don't think we need to be so politically correct that we must pretend not to notice that people in our communities have different traditions, stories or folkways.