In a disturbing example of activists ganging up on a peaceful civilian, a Kentucky man is behind bars because of his religious beliefs. Samuel Girod, father of 12 and grandfather of 25 is an Amish man who was targeted by leftist bureaucrats and sentenced to six years in jail. His crime? Offering herbal remedies for skin disorders.
In 2013, a Missouri resident filed a complaint against the man for selling medicinal products that have been used to treat ailments for centuries. The hate filled liberal contacted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for some inexplicable reason, starting a chain of events that ended with Girod’s incarceration.
The Amish people are targeted by evil liberals because they adhere to their convictions. Their communities are a stellar example of assimilation without compromising religious beliefs. Unlike Muslims, the group peacefully co-exists within American culture, although they shun it in their personal lives.
They wear beards and modest clothing, but there’s a huge difference between their beliefs and Muslim invaders. The dissimilarity can be logically traced to their Christian philosophy as opposed to that of radical Islamic conquest. Essentially, the enemy of mankind knows exactly who his enemies are: law-abiding, freedom-loving, Christians and Jews.
Girod had been selling salve remedies for years. They include ingredients like Chickweed and bloodroot, which are extremely common plants that grow all over the U.S. The labels claimed that the balms could treat “dry skin, cuts, burns, draws, and poison ivy.”
He also generated pamphlets that touted the benefits of his homemade products, saying that it treated diaper rash, skin cancer, and fungal infections. However, bloodroot is known for its astringent qualities. According to medical experts, it promotes healing by removing dead skin from the infected areas.
The FDA investigation determined that the labeling was misleading and demanded he change it, so Girod changed the name of one to “Original Chickweed.” However, the product with bloodroot, called TO-MOR-GONE was deemed a danger to the public, and the federal agency demanded to inspect his manufacturing process.
Because Girod made his products at home, that meant that investigators would have to enter his Old Order community and defile it. His religious beliefs mandate that the modern world be avoided. As a recognized and protected class, Girod said that since the products were herbal, they weren’t subject to FDA compliance laws.
However, the feds didn’t agree. They decided that the products should be under their jurisdiction and proceeded to make his life miserable. He was scheduled to attend a judicial status hearing last August, but again, his religious beliefs prohibited it. By missing the appearance, the government labeled him a fugitive. He was arrested at his family farm and held without bail.
Carlton S. Shier, acting U.S. attorney, arrogantly announced that Girod “brazenly placed the public at risk, openly hampered law enforcement, and intentionally impeded the judicial process.”
No one knows where government officials thought the grandfather would flee. He’d lived in the same community his entire life, but apparently, this Christian was a flight risk. The Bath County Sheriff John Snedegar petitioned to have Girod released.
Snedegar wrote a letter asking why the FDA was so set on was “attacking and victimizing such peaceful and law-abiding Americans.” He added that he “would not stand by while the rights of peaceful people are violated.”
The entire Kentucky community agreed. Over 27,000 signatures graced an online petition demanding his immediate freedom. Neighbor Suza Moody said, “I can’t even figure out what he has done wrong. They live at the foot of the cross and the thought of one of them intentionally doing something wrong is outrageous.”
During the court proceedings Girod acted in his own defense, claiming his immunity as a member of a protected religious order, but that wasn’t enough. Judge Reed sentenced him to six years in federal prison and another three years of released supervision.
Sheriff Richard Mack discussed the ruling saying, “it’s our job in government to prevent injustice! And that’s what this foolish judge does NOT get!”
Girod was also ordered to pay over $1,300 in fines and $14,000 in restitution fees for his so-called crime. This is clearly an example of federal overreach. It points to the clear battle being drawn against followers of Christ and followers of evil.
In case concerned citizens would like to contact the individuals responsible for the gross miscarriage of justice, the officials include Carlton S. Shier IV, and Mark McCormack, Special Agent in Charge, FDA Office of Criminal Investigations. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kate K. Smith and Todd Bradbury.
The verdict was read amid weeping, and when prosecutors filed out of the court, a large crowd booed and asked how they could do such a thing. Perhaps if Girod had sold his salves at a Head shop or some other “alternative” store, he would not be behind bars.
The only thing Girod did wrong was come into the cross hairs of a leftist hater and a bureaucracy that is intent on punishing upright, moral behavior. His injustice must not be forgotten, it must be swiftly rectified.