Mennonites jailed for refusing to use reflective triangle....

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    .........because they claim using the brightly colored triangle violates their religious beliefs.


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    Hey Tony, does this apply to Mennonites as well?
     
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    Gotta tell yas', I don't really CARE if this violates their religious beliefs.

    Knew a kid in NAV boot who was in the service because one night he rear-ended a Mennonite carriage that didn't have reflectors.

    Not only did he have to spend the rest of his life vividly remembering that he'd crushed two kids to death with his car, but he was given a choice between prison and the service because of it, too.

    There ARE cases and circumstances when the needs of a secular society TRUMP one's religious beliefs.

    This is CLEARLY one of those cases.
     
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    And what about the religions that don't use medicine and doctors. They just 'pray away' the illness.

    God made man and woman, and they in turn made medicine and doctors. So why wouldn't someone use that for the healing of their children or themselves?

    I've never figured that one out.
     
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    Yes, I agree. But, in your friend's case, wasn't the fact that there was no reflector a mitigating factor? It should have been!

    There are a lot of Mennonites around here and this is a local issue. Judge Deborah Hawkins Crooks who put them in jail is a local judge in Mayfield, KY. I really fear that some young person is going to have his/her life ruined over this.

    They don't pay income taxes which here in KY is what pays for the roads, such as they are. It torques me that they can use the roads AT ALL and pay no taxes. But to refuse to follow the laws of using those roads is over the top. IMO, they need to go to prison where they will learn that being some buffed up gang banger's bitch is far less preferable to using a colorful reflector!
     
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    I've seen courts involved with that a number of times. Not many MDs or NPs would let the state take away their license to practice over something like this. :)
     
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    I am rather sick of the "it violates my religious belief" shit.
     
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    There’s no Free Exercise Clause violation here – the caution triangle is in no way an ostentatious display nor can it be construed as such in any context. Consequently no religious practice or tenet is being preempted.
     
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    Exactly right. And I hope they bill the ones in the local jail here for their accommodations. Given that they don't pay taxes and all.

    I have seen Mennonites and Amish present to local hospitals with sick family members once 'taking care of their own' has ceased to work. The bill can run many many thousands of dollars.......which they ALWAYS pay with cash. What's wrong with this picture? :mad:
     
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