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(Fox News)   Amish refuse to obey 'untraditional' safety laws.   ( divider line
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7930 clicks; posted to Main » on 11 Apr 2002 at 3:26 PM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-04-11 09:25:38 AM  
Seems pretty OBVIOUS to me.
2002-04-11 11:50:41 AM  
"An Amish scholar testified that members of the highly conservative Swartzentruber order consider the 16-inch safety symbol offensive."

I find stop signs offensive. Therefore, I'm going to ignore them. Hey, don't tread on my religious beliefs!
2002-04-11 01:00:50 PM  
Hey Swartzentrubers:
put the freakin' triangle on your buggy, or quit complaining when you get hit by cars.
2002-04-11 03:30:51 PM  
" I proceeded to run the next twenty stop signs in His honor. Thank you Jesus. Thank you Lord..."
2002-04-11 03:31:16 PM  
You know..if you throw a softball at the orange triangle you dunk the driver.
2002-04-11 03:31:23 PM  
"A local boy kicked me in the butt last week.
I just smiled at him as I turned the other cheek."
2002-04-11 03:31:40 PM  
Does Zebediah have to keep a safety lock on his pitchfork as well?
2002-04-11 03:32:20 PM  

Safety is not a "freedom of expression" issue.
2002-04-11 03:32:35 PM  
In an earlier interview, Kraybill said the safety symbols were as offensive to the Swartzentruber as swastikas were to other people.

Yeah, because so many people were hung, gassed, and beaten to death by Amish during WWII. Yeah. Umm.. Suck it.

- One4k4
2002-04-11 03:32:59 PM  
Those people need a swift kick to the nuts!

Get with it, or get the FARK out!
2002-04-11 03:33:12 PM  
March 6: A car and an Amish buggy share the road near Intercourse, Pa.

2002-04-11 03:33:46 PM  
Farkin' Amish. Always causing trouble. Careful, they might resort to suicide bombing.

2002-04-11 03:33:56 PM  
I don't like Amlettes.

They want to take advantage of the freedoms of our country, but they dont want to follow the rules. They don't pay taxes to pay for the roads that their horses shiat all over as we swerve around them.
2002-04-11 03:34:40 PM  
the safety symbols were as offensive to the Swartzentruber as swastikas were to other people.

Well, those pesky "1st degree murder" laws tend to offend me daily, so I'll be out chopping up...firewood...

2002-04-11 03:34:49 PM  
I bet all they have to do is toss one salad in prison and those signs won't seem so offensive.
2002-04-11 03:37:07 PM  
Amish swearing is fun..

I order ye to fook off!
2002-04-11 03:38:19 PM  
It's simple - they don't want to obey the law then they don't drive their horse and buggy on the road. Lock em up!
2002-04-11 03:38:24 PM  
" I proceeded to run the next twenty stop signs in His honor. Thank you Jesus. Thank you Lord..."

Blast from the past....The Girl With Faraway Eyes-The Rolling Stones

Those old geezers could rock, back in the day.
2002-04-11 03:38:43 PM  
Levi Zook hmmmm Levi Zook

That settles it. If the next one's a boy we have a name all picked out!
Ant [TotalFark]
2002-04-11 03:40:52 PM  
I've never understood the Amish aversion to technology. Why can't they drive cars or use electricity? Couldn't a horse drawn buggy be considered a (relatively) modern machine?

Stupid belief system if you ask me...
2002-04-11 03:40:57 PM  
The Amish are no more guilty than ANY other religion wanting preferential treatment.

Likewise, if they want to flout these rules, make 'em pay taxes.

Tax Religion, make 'em all work for a living and pay for their land like everyone else.
2002-04-11 03:42:07 PM  
the safety symbols were as offensive to the Swartzentruber as swastikas were to other people.

I didn't realize that an orange triangle symbolized hate, genocide and insanity. Guess you learn something new every day.

Me, I'm a rectangle man, myself. Less offensive than a triangle, but more useful than the square.
2002-04-11 03:43:12 PM  
In a related story, the Amish have voted their favorite website.
2002-04-11 03:43:57 PM  
"The Amish men, who face $100 fines or community service, have said they'll refuse to perform the community service because they'd likely be driven to work sites in motor vehicles, or have to use tools powered by electricity or gasoline..."

These guys have an excuse for everything.
2002-04-11 03:44:17 PM  
Gray reflective tape? Gray? Is this Swartzentruber sect some kind of time-lapse suicide cult?
2002-04-11 03:46:23 PM  
"Hey, Luther , put the farking triangle on your buggy or we'll tell all your kids about Game Boy...."
2002-04-11 03:47:02 PM  
You people are soooo worldly. Farkin' Anglish!
2002-04-11 03:50:55 PM  
Bucket: I went to school near there. Check this out: In that section of PA, Intercourse is located between Blue Ball and Paradise.

Fun for the whole family, I tell ya'
2002-04-11 03:51:56 PM  
There's another PA town called Bird-in-hand, but that's up by State College (appropriately enough)
2002-04-11 03:54:16 PM  
Sad truth is, the Amish are suffering massive cultural dilution right now. There kids are leaving the fold, and their farmland is being bought up by wealthy developers. Sounds to me like this particular group has decided to fight back (quietly, of course).
2002-04-11 03:55:32 PM  
The Amish are no more guilty than ANY other religion wanting preferential treatment.

I would have to disagree. All the sects that I've encountered all just basically want to be left alone. They never demand anything from the government, and yet we often times force them to pay taxes that go towards things they not only will never use, but will never see and would find offensive if they did see them.
Many sects are also against bright colors, which is why they are offended by the bright orange triangles, and would prefer gray tape.
2002-04-11 03:55:36 PM  
Amish peole rule! They lurk in the shadows and you totally can't hear them! They totally get all the chicks and get orgies on all the time! They carry swords, nunchucks, and throwing stars and can kill you eight ways before your lifeless body hits the ground! If you screw with them, they'll flip out and kick you in the face! That, and they wear a lot of black!

Oh wait, those are ninjas. My bad. Well, except for the black part, they do wear a lot of black.
2002-04-11 03:55:39 PM  
Boojieboy - Where'd ya go to school - Millersville? More fun with PA town names - Mars, Panic, Desire... Yep, gotta love this state, sigh.
2002-04-11 03:56:10 PM  
I come from PA. The amish country is interesting and all, but what I can't understand is how they didn't just get forcibly converted to consumerism like every other culture that we have squashed in this country. Seems like they would have been a lot easier to squelch than the native americans running around with tomahawks. I just don't get it.

BTW, great name 'bucket'. Same as my band's name :)
2002-04-11 03:57:03 PM  
"Sad truth is, the Amish are suffering massive cultural dilution right now"

Sad? It's their fault that they suck. They have chosen to live this way and now they are paying the price by not evolving. The modern world has passed them by, made a u-turn and is now coming back to kick their ass.
2002-04-11 03:58:34 PM  
PiggyWiz: F&M
2002-04-11 04:00:24 PM  
"Levi Zook, 52, who acted as the group's spokesman, said they'll leave the state if they lose the case."

See ya!
2002-04-11 04:01:10 PM  
Seriously, I'd be happy letting the Amish live how they want to live, but they really should at least obey traffic laws and not be disruptive to other people. Also, I can see why they wouldn't want to pay federal taxes (other than the fact that no one wants to pay taxes), but they should definately be required to pay state/local taxes simply because they use the same roads, many of the same utilities as everyone else, and this is paid for on the local level. And hey, for a fundamentalist religion, they are pretty chilled out. You guys do have to respect that.
2002-04-11 04:02:08 PM  
04-11-02 03:33:56 PM Scarneck

"They don't pay taxes to pay for the roads"

The Supreme Court has ruled that Amish who are self employed do not have to pay Social Security tax, as it is a form of insurance and as such conflicts with their religious beliefs. Amish who are employed by non-Amish employers, however, do pay this tax. Amish pay property taxes, income taxes, sales taxes, etc., as well.

It never ceases to entertain me when people pull shiat outta their ass and then wonder (whine) why people don't listen to them. I love this site.
2002-04-11 04:03:25 PM  
They shouldn't have to pay taxes, the military can protect the WHOLE country for free, right? Right?
2002-04-11 04:03:46 PM  

If you've ever lived in PA or seen the conditions of roads there, you wouldn't want to pay state taxes either. It must be murder riding on wooden wheels on those surfaces. Yikes.
2002-04-11 04:05:51 PM  
Hey if they don't want to use anything modern they better stay off our modern paved roads.
2002-04-11 04:07:12 PM  
Sounds like PA needs to do some serious housecleaning Sikobabel, and that's all the more reason for them to pay those taxes, in my mind. Why are the roads so shiatty? Minnesota winters are hell on our roads, and we keep many of them in decent shape (though we're perennially repaving the suckers).
2002-04-11 04:09:15 PM  
Blueball, PA. I like the Amish, mostly for the ham. I agree with scarneck, but note that the problem is endemic to the species of man as a whole and not just farkers.
2002-04-11 04:09:18 PM  

Of course they don't want to put pink triangles on their buggies, cause people will think they are gay.

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Oh, they're talking about ORANGE triangles. Well , the Amish are still gay anyways.

2002-04-11 04:09:38 PM  
how is grey reflective tape more traditional than orange triangles

this is stupid
2002-04-11 04:10:12 PM  

Whoops... I misread your statement. I thought you said "more guilty," not "no more guilty." :)

Also, to anyone who complains about not paying for roads... do you honestly think those things do more damage than your car to the road? ...or anywhere close?
2002-04-11 04:10:40 PM  
Offer them pink triangles as an alternative. Those orange ones would go up pretty fast.
2002-04-11 04:11:38 PM  
One thing's for sure, no Amish is going to show up on this site.
2002-04-11 04:11:41 PM  
I live about 20 minutes from Amish country. Whenever I visit my friends out there, I invariably pass a few horse drawn carriages. I must admit, when I'm really hauling and I come over a hill I have had to decellerate very quickly to avoid them. It only took a couple of these events before I stopped driving like a maniac in Lancaster county.

I have to say though, I am on the side of the Amish on this one. I don't think I've ever seen a buggy that didn't have an orange reflector on it, but let's be honest, if they had a lit LANTERN on the buggy, that's good enough for me. There are no street lights in these areas, and most of the houses have no electric light. A flashlight would be enough to let any driver know they were there, much less a LANTERN.

I think the man will come around eventually and find in favor of the amish.
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