Saturday, September 17, 2011

Amish men jailed after refusing to put orange triangles on buggies

The jailed Amish men's mug shots (Smoking Gun)

Judge Deborah Hawkins Crooks sentenced nine Amish men on Monday to up to 10 days in jail after they refused to pay fines for not putting an orange reflective triangle on the back of their horse-drawn buggies.

The men, who belong to the ultra-conservative Old Order Swartzentruber group, said that using the orange triangle violated their religion's modestly rules, which forbid bright colors. They asked to use gray reflective tape and lanterns instead, but the courts refused. The Graves County jail provided them with dark-colored jumpsuits.

The men, who are being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, are appealing their case to Kentucky's Supreme Court, according to the Courier Journal. They refused to pay the fines because they don't think they should be punished for abiding by their religious beliefs. (Via The Smoking Gun.)

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