An article in the Lebanon, Pennsylvania newspaper details how a local Amish church wants to build a parochial school (a pretty routine request) But a local non-Amish man is claiming the township is treating the Amish with "kid gloves." Laughable. In general, I find that many municipalities - if anything - are tougher on the Amish than they would be on other groups.
The comment in the article that really got me, though, was:
"They update to skid loaders, cellphones and tractors. But we can't ask them to hook up to the sewer? "
It annoys me because it is THEIR religion. The Amish are "allowed" to do whatever they see fit to do within the framework of their faith. If they deem it okay to use skid loaders, cellphones, etc, that is their business. Some things that the Amish do that don't make sense to outsiders do make sense perfectly to them and that's okay. Click here to read the article.
It sounds like the Amish have a pretty solid (no pun intended) sewage plan in place in this case. I don't defend the Amish at every turn. When a group of Swartzentruber Amish in Pennsylvania were disposing of their school's raw sewage by dumping it on surrounding farm field's, I took issue. But this sounds like someone just complaining for the sake of complaining.