Amish outhouses not exempt from sewage laws

There are 20 comments on the The Morning Call story from Oct 2, 2008, titled Amish outhouses not exempt from sewage laws. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

A judge on Thursday upheld the conviction of an Amish farmer who cites his conservative religious beliefs in refusing to bring a pair of outhouses into compliance with state sewage laws.

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Since: Mar 07

Allentown, PA

#1 Oct 2, 2008
I'm sure the Amish would fix the outhouse,....... if they could get a loan!
Amused Crack-er

Easton, PA

#2 Oct 2, 2008
A cat can take a crap on the land, and it's ok. A dog can take a crap on the land, and it's ok. A cow can take a crap on the land, and it's ok. The horses pulling their buggies can take a crap on the land, and it's ok. But, perish the though if it is human waste! Oh, the humanity!

The Amish aren't hurting anything. It just seems the local legislature needs to flex its muscle and FORCE the Amish to live the English way. Next thing, they will banish their religion...
Amused Crack-er

Easton, PA

#3 Oct 2, 2008
Dennis Mac wrote:
I'm sure the Amish would fix the outhouse,....... if they could get a loan!
If they change their last names to something like DeJesus, they would get a loan in a second. If not, then it would be discrimination!:)
brownshirts around us

Center Valley, PA

#4 Oct 2, 2008
and now the gvt tells us how to take a dump or you get fined...nice.

“In it for the long haul!”

Since: Sep 08

Bethlehem, PA

#5 Oct 2, 2008
At least my big guy on the left takes a dump on the road he doesnt get fined cause I wear a big straw hat and a black sweatshirt, even though I am a slovak, imagine that!!!! They now insist that when you drive a horse in the city they wear diapers to catch the falling fertilizer, Oh well...why I dont do carriage rides anymore, just another added item to the harness
Damn govt

Havertown, PA

#6 Oct 2, 2008
Leave the amish alone!!!! They should be shielded from these type of laws. They do NO harm to anybody. LEAVE THEM ALONE!
Rebus

Bartlett, IL

#7 Oct 2, 2008
The military disposes of human waste the same way as the Amish.I do not see thgoing to jail. We would burn the stuff in the huge 30 gallon containers just out the back side of them. You will stink for weeks if you were down wind from the burning buckets!

What is the governments stance when your family goes camping? Hold it till you get home?
PPK R U

Allentown, PA

#8 Oct 2, 2008
Yes, let the Amish alone, they are living the right way, we should all learn a thing or two from them .
Wow

United States

#9 Oct 2, 2008
I dont care if they are Amish or Aetheist, they need to treat sewage properly. We are a civilized country and public health is a big reason we exist the way we do. Now, what if everybody started claiming "Deep Religious Beliefs" and started thowing sewage in their yards, streets, streams, etc..? Answer, Plague!
luther

Bethlehem, PA

#10 Oct 2, 2008
well know i guess its better to flush it into the river, collect the sludge and dump it back on some farmers field. aint that there the same thing without all the added household chemicals and other hazardous wastes collected in the sewage treatment plants. none of that in the amish dumping. whats up your honor, yours don't stink?
Paul D

Jim Thorpe, PA

#11 Oct 2, 2008
Crapping in a bucket? Are we in the 1800's?? Oh.....wait......
No space

Allentown, PA

#12 Oct 2, 2008
Isn't there ANYPLACE where we can just be left in peace?? Must outhouses be invaded too?
no thanks

Lititz, PA

#13 Oct 2, 2008
WOW... nothing else to worry about but to pick on the amish.

imbeciles.
I BOOTLEG DVDS

Freeland, PA

#14 Oct 2, 2008
every now and then, in the news, someone actually dies from falling in an open outhouse pit---imagine dying like that!
NoBama 08

Reading, PA

#15 Oct 2, 2008
This really stinks:

Why not go after the Big guys who steal millions instead of picking on these people who take care of themselves.

This attached video explains it all:
www.youtube.com/watch...

Since: Mar 07

AOL

#16 Oct 2, 2008
I'm all for freedom of religion bbut when it deals with excrement then I have the draw the line.

Since: Mar 07

AOL

#17 Oct 2, 2008
TRIPLEK1 wrote:
They now insist that when you drive a horse in the city they wear diapers to catch the falling fertilizer,
What city is this? Just curious. I know in NYC they still let the horses go anywhere in the street, mainly up near the park where the rides are. Haven't seen one there with a diaper.
HATE the Amish

Schnecksville, PA

#18 Oct 2, 2008
PPK R U wrote:
Yes, let the Amish alone, they are living the right way, we should all learn a thing or two from them .
Really? Let's see... they don't believe in electricity, technology, modern medicine, modern transportation, education, computers, telephones, the internet or literally thousands of other things that the REST OF THE WORLD uses to make life better, safer, and more efficient, to the benefit of ALL of us. What contribution do THEY make to society? Nothing!

Living in today's modern world, but dressing, acting and behaving like it is the 1700's is not my idea of being an equal, contributing member of society. Every single one of these losers should be ashamed of themselves! They are nothing but backwards, uneducated idiots, living in a modern world--slowing down and endangering the people around them.

Worthless scum!
Methinks

AOL

#19 Oct 2, 2008
Does a bear shit in the woods?
Religious Freedom

Northampton, PA

#20 Oct 2, 2008
HATE the Amish wrote:
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Really? Let's see... they don't believe in electricity, technology, modern medicine, modern transportation, education, computers, telephones, the internet or literally thousands of other things that the REST OF THE WORLD uses to make life better, safer, and more efficient, to the benefit of ALL of us. What contribution do THEY make to society? Nothing!
Living in today's modern world, but dressing, acting and behaving like it is the 1700's is not my idea of being an equal, contributing member of society. Every single one of these losers should be ashamed of themselves! They are nothing but backwards, uneducated idiots, living in a modern world--slowing down and endangering the people around them.
Worthless scum!
Wow! What, besides hate, do you contribute? They are mostly farmers, so they sell their crops and have the best roadside stands for fresh produce. Many of them also make furniture and quilts for the English to buy. They also contribute a great deal to the merchants and toursim industries in Lancaster Co., etc. They are the subject of many books and novels, which helps sales at Barnes & Nobles and Borders. Think on...

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