Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Amish jailed in reflective triangle dispute

A variety of news outlets, including CNN, have reported the jailing of a group of eight Amish men in Kentucky for their failure to display reflective orange triangles on their buggies, as required by that state's slow-moving vehicle (SMV) law.

I'm curious to know how the application of Kentucky's SMV law squares with that of other states (some of which allow the Amish to use less garish white reflective borders on their buggies, thereby not coercing them into violating the strictures of their faith). I wrote about some of these issues at the end of my book The Yoder Case, and it's interesting to see how they remain contested in the public square.

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