Monday, 21 May 2012
That is what Amish are saying about smoke detectors. They claim it would be against their religious beliefs to have smoke detectors in their homes.
A reporter talked to Mose Miller at his doorstep with his nine children looking on. It was cold: -15C (5F). Most of the kids were in bare feet. Their clothes were roughly sewed together - like Victorian patchwork puppets.
Mose Miller said "I use this,” he said pointing at his nose, “or him,” and his finger pointed upwards. “I don’t need a devil on the wall to tell me if my house is burning.”
When he was ask what would happen if a fire happened during the night and he didn't wake up and he and his children burned to death he replied "If God does not wake us, well, that must be part of his plan."
In other words, if something happens to my kids because of my own negligence, it must be part of God’s will. The Jehovah's Witness say the same thing with not allowing blood transfusions. Christian Scientists have the same thoughts and don't take their children to hospitals because god will fix what he wants fixed and it is all god's will.
Smoke alarms aren't the devil entering your home. Smoke alarms aren't horrible -- letting your family die in a fire that you could have escaped if you had a smoke alarm is.
Do smoke alarms violate Amish religious freedom? How far can people take things like this? I mean, really, when people don't want to do something, they yell it is against their religion. Try yelling that taxes are against your religion. How far do you think you would get with that one? How many innocent children have to die in fires that they could have escaped if they had a smoke alarm?
What are your thoughts on the Amish stance against smoke detectors? Is it their right to live out their religious beliefs as they see fit, or does it cross the line when it could risk the lives of their children? How do we view other faiths when we feel their beliefs are harmful to innocent people?