Amish men jailed over reflective triangle dispute

January 12th, 2012 - 10:30 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Kentucky, Jan 12 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A group of Amish men who refused to use the mandated reflective triangle at the back of the horse-drawn cart have been jailed. The Amish community is currently locked in dispute with law enforcement officials regarding the use of the reflective triangles. The law requires that every slow-moving object on the road should have the reflective triangles.

The Amish believes that using the reflective triangle is against their religious beliefs. They believe only GOD, and not the symbols, is the sole protector of their lives. Eight Amish men were jailed for days last September when they refused to use the triangles. One of the men was spared a jail term when his fine for the violation was paid by a member of the community.

One of the eight men who were jailed, Jacob Gingerich, told reporters that, “We try to lead a simple, plain life. Putting that orange triangle on the back of our buggy would not leave our buggies plain anymore.”

Other Amish men are also standing trial in the various states on the same issue. Some states like New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania allow the Amish community to ride on the road without the triangle citing freedom of religion as the basis for the decision.

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