UNFOLDING TRAGEDY IN MICHIGAN: PETTY BUREAUCRATS THREATEN TO BULLDOZE AMISH HOUSES BECAUSE OF FAKE 'PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS.' Michigan needs to get its act together, follow the US Constitution and act as though it holds respect for religious freedom. The Michigan Legislature must update its seriously flawed 'public health' laws and NOT dictate bogus uniformity and normalcy in the name of fictional 'public safety' standards.
Old Order Amish whose religious beliefs include avoiding such modern conveniences as electricity and indoor plumbing represent ZERO "health" risks to the public or themselves. That's a fact.
We now have Old Order Amish here in Aroostook County and we do business with them. As a group they are model citizens and much more industrious, capable and responsible than we 'English' (English-speaking non-Amish). Our Amish friends have demonstrated their competence and good-living for more than 300 years. We English pale by comparison.
Over-drive Nanny-Government needs to back down, focus on real problems (or if there aren't any, cut back on budgets and save taxpayers money) and adopt Maine's "live and let live" sensibilities.
Thank goodness for the ACLU! Let justice reign. Jim
"Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (ACLU) and the law firm Wright & Schulte, LLC counter-sued the Lenawee County Health Department for violating the constitutional and civil rights of an Old Order Amish community by threatening to demolish every Amish-owned home in the county, in effect expelling an entire faith community from its borders. The Amish community, which lives in accordance with their religious beliefs by abstaining from using electricity, hydraulic power, running water, and other modern technology, faces expulsion from Lenawee County as a result of lawsuits that local officials filed against them last month."
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