The Amish takes building codes back to the 90s, the 1890s

Posted: December 30, 2008 in Denominational Fun, Good for a Giggle, IJS, On Your Wall
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Yawn and stretch! Fresh from a luxurious Christmas getaway, I was looking around my own humble abode thinking if I had the rich crown molding in here that was in my hotel room, my resale value would go through the roof (ok, pun intended). But I’m not the most handy person in the world, despite whether they can help or not,

amish-heresySo, here I troll the Intertube finding a story in the Town of Franklin, Wisconsin that makes me green with envy, and a little red from laughing out loud.

Daniel Borntreger’s home looks like hundreds of other Wisconsin farmhouses: two-story A-frame, porch, clothes on the line. But his home could cost him thousands of dollars in fines. Borntreger, an Amish farmer, built the house himself according to Amish tradition—but without a building permit.

His case is among at least 18 legal actions brought against Amish residents in Wisconsin and New York in the past year and a half for building without proper permits, according to court records, attorneys and advocates for the Amish.

So, these persnickety Amish building homes according to codes. Of course, the only boorish codes they are familiar with is the pesky Hammarabi code of “an eye for an eye” fame and choose to rest on their laurels. You see, to obey the laws of the land is sacrilege to them.

It’s understandable to stand firm on religious conviction, but when you do it by breaking the law, is it biblical?

“They just go ahead and don’t listen to any of the laws that are affecting anybody else. It’s quite a problem when you got people next door required to get permits and the Amish don’t have to get them,” said Gary Olson, a county supervisor in central Wisconsin’s Jackson County, where Borntreger lives.

Yeah, and then there’s that whole witnessing thing of which to be concerned. Amazing how God just gets in the way all the time. Sigh.

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