When Good People Disagree: The Case of the Amish and State Building Codes
June 9, 2014
Eau Claire County, Wisconsin - “We want to protect our religious convictions against modern technology and preserve the Heritage our Forefathers handed down on us and our children,” the man from Springfield Township recently wrote me.
“We live a humble life, therefore we also want humble houses to live in,” he wrote.
He explained he didn’t hire contractors, install electrical wiring, bathrooms, septic mounds, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. He asked me to exempt his Amish community members from the state building codes.
“Our Desire is to be good neighbors and live in Peace with our non-Amish neighbors.”
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