Amish protest state crackdown on midwife
Why are the Amish constantly asking for an exemption for one thing or another? The only way for the Amish to maintain there "separate and apart" status is if they remain inconspicuous. Showing up at the State Capital by the hundreds to petition for special privileges doesn't cut it.
Here they showed up to support a child molester. Like a friend of mine would say "real fucking cool, real fucking cool".
Here, their taxi drivers are running afoul of the law. You would think they would be a little more sensitive about our laws, considering how legalistic they are.
Here, they want to dump their sewage on their fields in spite of being asked not to. What can I say? Where the hell is their public relations guy?
Here, they're in an ongoing public relations debacle over building codes. My understanding of the situation is that they could very easily attain what they want by applying for a variance at the state level. If they want to be different, let them be different, but have them achieve it the way any one else would. If outside groups succeed in creating a privileged status for them, there's going to be hell to pay and the sonsofbitches that made it happen aren't going to be around when that debt is paid.
Oh, and just in case you thought it's not going to get worse
In terms of being a public relations disaster, none of the above have the perfect storm qualities of this. Check out the comments here, here, here, and here