Amish outhouses not exempt from sewag...

Amish outhouses not exempt from sewage laws

There are 57 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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dutch

Allentown, PA

#42 Oct 2, 2008
WOW, they want to crap in the ground. Hard working, God fearing decent people who want to live and let live. By all means harass them.
While we pay hoodrats to make babies and befoul the Lehigh Valley, we get our panties bunched up over some crap.

If you think there produce is contaminated don't buy it. I would rather my taxes give these people a grant or build them a sewer, than the stupid grants to inner-city BS operations that just funnel money to the Human Crap around here.

I amm dure all the new urbanists will be all offended but it is the sad truth.
Wondering out loud

United States

#43 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!
You Sir are an idiot. Please refrain from posting anything else...ever.
amanda

Salfordville, PA

#44 Oct 2, 2008
fatboy2 wrote:
They don't pay taxes
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They sure do! They don't pay SS, because they don't collect it.
amanda

Salfordville, PA

#45 Oct 2, 2008
Crone wrote:
The amish run puppy mills and are inhumane and dirty people. They run puppy mills! How much lower can you get? A couple of these throw-backs were recently in trouble in the Kutztown area and shot a goodly number of dogs. They are NOT good people. They use roads paid for with our tax dollars and don't pay anything in taxes. They enjoy freedoms that real Americans fought and died for but they refuse to fight and die. What's up with that? They wouldn't live their dirty lives in any other country without paying taxes. They are not nice people. They runn puppy mills!
You need to calm down a little bit there buddy. Just because you have a few jackazzes that run puppy mills in Kutztown doesn't mean that all Amish or Mennonite are bad. You seem to lack the ability to look at the whole picture. And they do pay taxes, they just don't pay social security and why should they since they don't collect SS?
it kills me

Salfordville, PA

#46 Oct 2, 2008
It kills me that we can spread tons and tons of cow, pig, chicken, turkey, or horse manure and now human sludge all of the fields in every state in this country, but they want to jump all over them for this. Amazing!!!!
Amused Crack-er

Bethlehem, PA

#47 Oct 3, 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!
IMO, you just proved exactly points we can learn from the Amish. They are NOT reliant upon electricity, gasoline, telephones... They do NOT need to carry their cell phone wherever they go, or watch TV 18 hours a day. If the electric goes out, does it affect them? Nope. For the rest of us, MANY are on the phone in a second top yell at the electric company. If the telephone goes out, can they carry on BETTER than the rest of the county? Yup.

All you did was prove how the rest of this world has become lazy and dependent upon all the electronic gadgetry that is NOT bettering life.

fatboy2

“rockin pandas”

Since: Mar 07

Whitehall

#48 Oct 3, 2008
One thing I find funny is they don't have electricity in the house but they do in the barn to run freezers and such
Deb wrote:
I'm confused....they reject modern technology and interaction with the outside world. Wait....they have a lawyer. Isn't that interaction with the outside world? I guess following your own rules applies only when it is in your favor. hmmmmm

Since: Mar 07

Bethlehem, PA

#50 Oct 3, 2008
Amused Crack-er wrote:
<quoted text>...... the rest of this world has become lazy and dependent upon all the electronic gadgetry that is NOT bettering life.

I'd like to see you go outside in -10F weather to take a crap!
Amused Crack-er

Bethlehem, PA

#51 Oct 3, 2008
Dennis Mac wrote:
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I'd like to see you go outside in -10F weather to take a crap!
Oh, heck no! I'm too spoiled! I'm not gonna get my bum frozen to the seat!:)
ryry

Santa Cruz, CA

#52 Oct 3, 2008
The Amish are hypocrites... No modern technology, but they are using plastic buckets? Do those come from plastic bucket trees?
I BOOTLEG DVDS

Tobyhanna, PA

#53 Oct 3, 2008
amanda wrote:
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You need to calm down a little bit there buddy. Just because you have a few jackazzes that run puppy mills in Kutztown doesn't mean that all Amish or Mennonite are bad. You seem to lack the ability to look at the whole picture. And they do pay taxes, they just don't pay social security and why should they since they don't collect SS?
the amish do, from women who left, have a number of cases of child molestation.

and, amish do have to have orange reflector, on back of their black buggies, from all the cars that hit them.

and, i sure as heck wouldn't want ma and pa constantly tellin' me: that's the way they did it in the bible!

amish should be left alone---BUT, they're still nuts!
The REAL Amish

Breinigsville, PA

#54 Oct 3, 2008
The amish hypocrite jerks only follow their rules when it is convenient for them...

-They don't believe in technology, but they have web sites, advertising the crap they SELL.

-They don't believe in telephones, but they gladly answer a phone when you are calling to BUY something from them.

-They don't believe in modern transportation, but would have no problem using it to ship good that you BUY.

-They DON'T pay taxes or give their "employees" benefits (a proven fact), but they don't mind making PROFITS.

I could go on and on. Face it, there is no place in this world for selfish, lying, cheating losers like the amish. If they want to live in their own fairy tale world, that's fine, but don't bend the rules when it is only profitable for you!

Like someone said in an earlier post, their selfish, backwards behavior hurts the rest of us, the real contributors in society. Their old-fashioned ways--not believing in modern medicine or modern ways--puts the rest of society in danger and THAT'S NOT FAIR!

We need more West Nickel Mines Schools. Go away Amish and never come back!!!!!!

“Carbon Neutral”

Since: May 07

Berks and Lehigh Counties

#55 Oct 3, 2008
I can't believe that the best Amish minds and the best "English" ones can't come up with a solution that respects their heritage and modern disease and environmental protection controls.

Who could moderate a discussion which would get the Amish to a table with the "English" experts? Someone from K-Town University, perhaps? Or Rodale Press (Modern Gardening magazine, back-to-the-earth experts...).

The outhouse should be able to stay - but there has to be a way to capture waste for retention and removal or percolation through a septic system so that it doesn't hit the water table. My family drinks from wells which get tested. Their testing - and the Amish who produce waste and are willing to treat it - is respectful to the earth.
Amused Crack-er

Bethlehem, PA

#56 Oct 6, 2008
The REAL Amish wrote:
The amish hypocrite jerks only follow their rules when it is convenient for them...
-They don't believe in technology, but they have web sites, advertising the crap they SELL.
-They don't believe in telephones, but they gladly answer a phone when you are calling to BUY something from them.
-They don't believe in modern transportation, but would have no problem using it to ship good that you BUY.
-They DON'T pay taxes or give their "employees" benefits (a proven fact), but they don't mind making PROFITS.
Ok, you just sound stupid with those remarks. You claim about the Amish running websites and the like... Has it ever dawned on you that these websites are more than likely NOT Amish? They are more than likely advertising scams that are claiming to be Amish, but are not. Do you really believe that one ad with the fireplace and the Amish made mantel? If so, there's a few bridges for sale, too.

Not to mention... There ARE different sects of Amish. Not all of them shun modern technologies. The Amish in Ohio have different practices than the Amish in Lancaster.

Your accusations are like saying all the white people molest children. Pretty poor categorization...
LeVonne JACOBS

Eddyville, KY

#57 Nov 26, 2008
What is good for the goose is good for the gander'

hide behind religion or race or gender.
What about your neighbor?

“Life may be sweeter for this”

Since: Nov 08

Fennario

#58 Dec 2, 2008
OK, lighten up for a moment.....

THE TOP 22 AMISH HORROR MOVIES OF ALL TIME

22. Barn raiser

21. Rosemary's Buggy

20. It Came from The Sharper Image

19. The Devil Wore Plaid

18. The Hand That Churns the Butter

17. Look Out! The Pictures Move!!

16. Pumpkinbread

15. Slaw II

14. When An Outsider Calls

13. Hezekiah’s Lot

12. Jews

11. The Pennsylvania Handsaw Massacre

10. Holler "M" for Murder

9. Night of the Rising Bread

8. Invasion of the Bonnet Snatchers

7. Cream

6. The Bare Wrist Project

5. Resident Weevil

4. Dude, Where's My Buggy?

3. I Quilt On Your Grave

2 Mennonite in Black

..........and the number one all time Amish horror flick…

1. The Shunning

Based on original material from TopFive.com
Jason

Allentown, PA

#59 Dec 2, 2008
Wow wrote:
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!
Wrong! The correct answer is downtown Allentown.

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