The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan has taken up the cases of 14 Amish families whose homes have been condemned by the Lenawee County Health Department for not being up to code for their water and sewer systems:
The health department has filed lawsuits against the owners of the properties for what it calls a lack of adequate water and sewer systems.
In one particular complaint lodged against a family at 10806 Ingall Highway, Morenci, the health department alleges the property is not up to health code. A complaint filed on the matter states the property was inspected in June 2015.
The inspection found the home “did not have an adequate sewage disposal or water system and is unfit for habitation…”
Amish do not use indoor plumbing or electricity. They typically use an outhouse and pump water by hand or gas motor.
The health department’s complaint stated that sewage and gray water, wastewater from bathtubs and sinks, were being disposed of on the ground and posed a danger to the general public’s health.
The county health code prohibits sewage from being discharged on the ground. Water supply systems must be constructed to provide “potable water which will not endanger the health of the user …” and can meet the demands of all users, according to the code.
The code allows the health department to declare dwellings unfit for habitation if they do not meet the standards of adequate water and sewage systems. The department can also issue an order requiring people to vacate the premises if these conditions are not met. It is unlawful to live at a residence when this order has been levied….
Letters were sent to the residence in 2016 to comply with the health code, obtain permits and cease using the outhouse. An application for sewage disposal was returned incomplete, according to court filings. More letters were sent in 2016 about the incomplete application.
In January 2017, the family responded through their attorney that they did not intend to comply. This summer an order was issued declaring the property unfit for habitation.
The health department’s complaint alleges the noncompliance harms neighboring properties and children are at high risk.
The county has asked the court that the owner bring the property into compliance or the structure be demolished….
The Amish contend constructing more modern water and sewer systems, such an electric water pump or indoor plumbing, violates their religious beliefs….
The ACLU, along with a legal team from Wright & Schulte, LLC, a Dayton, Ohio, law firm, are providing their services pro bono.
Answers and counterclaims were filed for the Amish families on Wednesday in Lenawee County Circuit Court. Essentially, the ACLU has counter-sued or sued the county back. Counterclaims against the county include religious discrimination that violates federal and state constitutions and the federal Fair Housing Act….
Richard Schulte, a civil trial lawyer at Wright & Schulte, pushed back against the county’s claims that the Amish’s water and sewer systems present dangers to the public’s health.
“We’re convinced the water is safe,” he said. “We’re certainly open to what they have to say but in this case they have produced nothing to any of these families their water is unsafe, and again, whether they’ve done any damage to the environment or harmed anyone else in this county.”
Amish properties are meticulously clean compared to non-Amish farms. And while the average home occupied by Blacks in Detroit may be ‘up to code’, they certainly aren’t fit for human habitation, but no one is going to evict them.
There is an open but undeclared war against the Amish in America because they refuse to participate in Mystery Babylon, and if real estate speculators can’t price them out of their own areas, the counties can use cynical and draconian enforcement of their ‘health’ codes to force them out.
But why would the anti-White and anti-Christian ACLU jump to the defense of the Amish here? Quite simply, there are a lot of similar cases involving Orthodox Jews who violate ordinances and codes in much more urban and suburban settings, and a legal precedent with the Amish will ultimately be used to protect the Orthodox Jews who openly disregard simple rules of hygiene, unlike the Amish.
Imagine how hard it is for the Amish to live the same as our ancestors did in the 18th Century, 200 years ago, with the modern world literally surrounding them, harassing them, calling them out from that life? The strength they have to resist all the temptations is truly remarkable….
In the course of time and seeing reality of any so-called group in person I can testify that there are a lot of things the Amish do that are not necessarily right. They completely cut off their children if they do not want to practice their religion…kick them out and verbally castigate them. Most don’t believe in animal welfare, meaning bluntly abuse. They work hard and demand high cost for their products…something very worldly in their perceived 19th century lifestyles. I could go on but what I want to say is that ‘hypocrisy’ no matter where it comes from, isn’t of God. I have seen their businesses and when they can’t say, drive somewhere, they get a non-Amish to drive them there. Very similar to Jews…religion’s fruit is all the same…self righteous. If they can buy up farms (big $’s) then they can certainly be under the same codes as do the rest of Christiandom [ Matthew 22:21 Jesus said “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.” Romans 13:1 “Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities.] That would be fair. On a side note, ‘grey water’ (without chemicals like bleach etc) in truth is good for the land, plants and vegetation so long as it doesn’t flow into a water source, and a simple answer to the ‘outhouse’ is a composting toilet which is inexpensive.
You sound exactly like the majority of the “English” who are jealous of their Amish kindred. First of all, it’s very disingenuous of you to comment as if this were an article extolling the infallibility of the Amish. How about you compare your own hypocritical behavior? It irritates me to no end how non-Amish think they can tear apart the Amish way of life as hypocrisy, yet they remain the biggest hypocrites themselves. At one time, our predecessors in this country were indistinguishable from the Amish. We turned away from God. They did not. Just who is being self-righteous here? Before you seek to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye, be sure to take the mote out of yours first…
Interesting the freedom you offer here. I made an honest criticism as a witness. I made a point of not isolating one group over another (as you have intentionally disregarded). We as human beings are not infallible. I am certainly not “jealous” of anyone nor am I blinded by religion and its rigid doctrines Jesus was and is against. If we are not humble enough to listen to correction then we don’t inherit anything of God. Religion has no inheritance or Jesus had not a need to come in the form of man and be sacrificed to ‘man made’ doctrines. Perhaps I made a mistake in thinking that this was a place of liberty to make sound judgement on a matter (my apologies). Your over sensitive reaction accusing me of “tearing apart the Amish way of life as hypocrisy” is not correct. Hypocrisy discerned by anyone certainly doesn’t mean being self-righteous…or you would be blaspheming the Spirit of God and all common sense. And as for the removal of the mote in (my) eye…that’s exactly how I’m able to ‘see’ with discernment and judging the difference by the power of Truth and Spirit. You seem to have direct words against Catholic(s). How is that? Is it because of what you have witnessed and found to be wrong? On what basis do you know that? Have a nice day.
I will not be goaded into an argument by someone who apparently believes themselves to be the voice of “correction”. Plain and simple:
You are NOT showing Christian love for your brethren by leveling public accusation against them, ESPECIALLY when the article was neither putting them on a pedestal nor putting them on trial. In the spirit of TRUE Christian correction, I leave you with these words from Christ…
45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.
Sparrow,”Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s” doesn’t mean to give up your legal rights if Caesar comes to take away something that is legally yours, and that’s what the Amish are doing, in my opinion. The regulations that are being enforced legally discriminate against them. Going along with every whim of the government isn’t what the Bible is recommending here. The Founding Fathers believed that our freedom of religion was God-given, not given by them (Caesar).
I ‘fear’ for the Amish communities. They represent EVERYTHING Mystery Babylon hates. They have been able to sufficiently separate themselves based on their beliefs, as well as from help from long deceased public officials who made legal concessions on their behalf that are still upheld today.
The ‘problem’ is the Amish can no longer be ignored by (((the establishment))). In these dark times, the Amish communities are booming and are making their presence known by buying up the farms vacated by the aging ‘worldly’ farming community that the gubmint keeps hoping to gobble up as they continue to put them out of business.
And if these farms aren’t going under due to the economic stress, they disappear into the farming conglomerate because the farmers have not birthed enough children to carry on the family farms – unlike the Amish, who routinely have a minimum of a half dozen well mannered, disciplined children who know how to be producers, rather than burdens – and these growing Amish farming families are buying up every available farm around them.
You can just see that stereotypical jew wringing his hands and kvetching, “This will not do…”
The Amish always were, and always will be, a homogenously white Christian society. That is not by mere chance. Again, they reflect everything (((the establishment))) hates, and it is only a matter of time before the jew, under the guise of Uncle Stupid, is going to specifically call them out for being a total ‘hate’ group and launch an all out assault against their way of life.
While the Amish themselves are going through major changes (for them) because their world is now constantly colliding with ours, and they themselves are forgetting exactly WHY they are Amish – they are not stupid. They know something is up. They wouldn’t be practicing white Christians if they didn’t. Try telling an Amishman that he can’t practice his beliefs once. I seriously don’t think (((they))) know they’re kicking the proverbial hornet’s nest. These are not fluoridated pew sitters…
what the heck is mystery babylon! Sadly Christian religious sects of all kinds seem to separate people and not bring them together.
Mystery Babylon is the name given the (((satanic))) world government in the ‘end times’ written about in the Book of Revelation. The very same global governance we have today. (((The establishment))). ZOG. JOG. NWO. Call it what you will. And I agree about what all denominational churchianity is doing to the remainder of Christendom. However, never forget – true Scriptural Christianity absolutely IS about “separating people”. Did not Christ say, “I come not to bring peace, but division”? As well as, “Come out of her (Mystery Babylon) my people and be ye separate, lest ye partake of her sins”?
> “Orthodox Jews who openly disregard simple rules of hygiene, unlike the Amish.”
General Patton summed it up well when he wrote about the Jews he came across in Europe following WWII. He noted,
“This happened to be the feast of Yom Kippur, so they were all collected in a large, wooden building, which they called a synagogue. It behooved General Eisenhower to make a speech to them. We entered the synagogue, which was packed with the greatest stinking bunch of humanity I have ever seen. When we got about halfway up, the head rabbi, who was dressed in a fur hat similar to that worn by Henry VIII of England and in a surplice heavily embroidered and very filthy, came down and met the General…. The smell was so terrible that I almost fainted and actually about three hours later lost my lunch as the result of remembering it…. Of course, I have seen them since the beginning and marveled that beings alleged to be made in the form of God can look the way they do or act the way they act.” — General Patton