Religious freedom vs. 'gray water.' AP explains ruling favoring Amish families who shun septic tanks


A long-running religious freedom case has come full circle, with a court ruling this week that a deeply conservative Amish community in Minnesota cannot be threatened with the loss of homes if its members don't install septic systems to dispose of their bath, laundry and dish water.

The state Court of Appeals on Monday found that members of the Swartzentruber Amish community in southeastern Minnesota don't need to install septic systems to dispose of "gray water," which is dirty water left from dishwashing, laundry, bathing, and other tasks not involving toilet waste. Two years ago, the U.S...

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