(Tea Party 247) – Some people just like being miserable and since misery loves company, it’s a scary thing when these kinds of people manage to find themselves in positions of power. One of the biggest threats facing Americans today are miserable people who want to restrict our religious liberties and freedom. Such is the case for an Amish community in Michigan who could soon be facing the demolition of 14 of their homes.
According to DC Clothesline:
After harassing the Amish community for years regarding its water supply and disposal, the county health department posted signs on the Amish families’ homes earlier this year condemning them as “unfit for human habitation” and filed lawsuits against 14 Amish families in November.
If successful, the lawsuits would result in the demolition of the Amish families’ homes and would effectively banish an entire religious community from Lenawee County. The ACLU and Wright & Schulte filed answers to those lawsuits Wednesday in Lenawee County Circuit Court, which include counterclaims against the county for religious discrimination in violation of the federal and state constitutions and the federal Fair Housing Act.
“The county is persecuting this Amish community because of their deeply held religious beliefs that have safely guided their way of life for generations,” Phil Mayor, senior staff attorney with ACLU of Michigan, said. “Lenawee County residents should be outraged that their local officials, using taxpayer money and in the county’s name, have condemned their Amish neighbors’ homes and are threatening to demolish their houses, and leave them homeless. They should contact their county commissioners and other local officials and implore them to end this vicious attack on the Amish religion.”
Ironic how the ACLU is all about protecting the Amish and their “deeply held” religious convictions but hell hath no fury like the ACLU when they find out Christians are displaying the nativity at Christmas time. There is no tolerance for those religious convictions, apparently. Maybe no one told the ACLU that the Amish believe in Jesus Christ? I digress. On this particular issue, we should be glad the ACLU has decided to take a stand for the Amish, who are being unfairly targeted.
DC Clothesline continues:
The Amish community in Lenawee County adheres to their “old order” religious way of life by hand-pumping water from wells, using outhouses instead of flush toilets, and not using electricity, cell phones, or automobiles. Despite the fact that the Amish community’s choice to live in traditional ways causes no harm to themselves or anyone else, the Lenawee County Health Department has condemned their homes and is now asking a court to authorize the demolition of their property, unless the Amish community abandons its religious beliefs.
“This is not a question of public health – it’s Lenawee County officials using religious discrimination as a tactic to run this Amish community out of their homes and destroy their way of life,” stated Richard Schulte, and attorney with Wright & Schulte, LLC. “This community’s commitment to live according to their religion harms no one.”
This is true. Not only do the Amish take fine care of themselves, as they have been doing for centuries, they aren’t hurting anyone else either. This is blatant religious discrimination and it will be an absolute outrage and travesty if the county makes 14 Amish families homeless.
The Amish keep to themselves and local governments need to respect that and leave them be. Not to mention the fact that they have the same religious liberties and freedom that all Americans are privileged enough to enjoy and therefore this kind of treatment is completely unconstitutional.