Amish: Buggy signs conflict with religion
Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 8:02 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Amish men facing jail time in western Kentucky for failing to display orange triangles on their horse-drawn buggies say they have “a conscientious objection” to using the required signs.
One of the men, John Hostetler, filed a handwritten paper in Graves County District Court on Monday providing reasons why they reject the slow-moving vehicle signs. The men belong to a conservative sect of Amish called Old Order Swartzentruber.
Hostetler says the signs are a “loud, flashy color.” He says the sign is also a triangle, which is the symbol of the Holy Trinity. He wrote that the Amish “do not carry any symbol for any kind of protection.”
Hostetler and seven other Amish men were sent to jail in September for refusing to pay court fines. Published in The Messenger 11.16.11