LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A national group dedicated to religious freedom is joining a fight between Amish farmers and some Wisconsin towns.

The National Committee for Amish Religious Freedom has filed a brief asking for permission to intervene in a Jackson County court case involving Albion farmer Samuel Stolzfus.

Stolzfus and other Amish have been fined thousands of dollars for failing to get building permits.

New York attorney Robert Greene, who is helping the religious freedom group with the case, said the Amish won't sign applications for building permits because it is against their religion to lie and they might not be able to keep a promise to comply with building codes.

Attorney Paul Millis, who represents the town of Albion, said failure to comply with building codes creates safety problems.