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Waco´s Assault on
Religious Toleration

Wall Street Journal, by Philip Jenkins

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Posted By:StormCnter, 2/22/2013 6:12:50 AM

Twenty years ago, on Feb. 28, 1993, a firefight near Waco, Texas, began a weeks-long confrontation between members of the Branch Davidian sect and agents of the federal government. The conflict culminated at the sect´s compound known as Mount Carmel on April 19, with the deaths, as a fire spread through the buildings, of 80 sect members, including 20 children. Looking over the span of American history, we must be struck by what a radical departure the conflict marked in religious terms. Rather than ask what could have led believers to follow such a bizarre movement,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: pineledger, 2/22/2013 6:48:43 AM     (No. 9190198)

Janet´s roid rage.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: lostinmassachusetts, 2/22/2013 6:59:42 AM     (No. 9190211)

The rise in conflicts between the government and religious groups paralleled the rise of ´progressive´ politics. Correlation?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: HerbVA, 2/22/2013 7:13:25 AM     (No. 9190230)

That repulsive butch bull-dike Reno was hailed by the left for her "courage" to incinerate a bunch of kids. No concern about exposing them to first hand smoke.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ann, 2/22/2013 7:42:33 AM     (No. 9190270)

Our government burned 20 children to death.....where is/was the outrage?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: M2, 2/22/2013 7:47:27 AM     (No. 9190275)

If you ask any liberal, today´s Tea Party people and "survivalists", and yes, Mormons who put away a year´s food supply, are dangerous anti-government potential terrorists. On those grounds, moves like Waco can and may be made against them.

In fact, the group [Branch Dividians] was nonpolitical, having nothing in common with the racist far right (to the contrary, the Mount Carmel settlement was multiracial).

The truth that they were stereotypes and not reality didn´t then, and doesn´t matter today to the facsistic government this Administration wants to see.

Yet the group´s theology made it essential to prepare for the armed conflicts that would ensue in the imminent apocalypse, and that meant acquiring and stockpiling weapons.

I believe it is also essential for free people to prepare for "armed conflicts" in America today - under our Constitutional rights -- before those rights vanish.

When you look around at the land grabs, the tax grabs, the anti-white racism, the circumvention of Congress, the top-heavy Agencies that make law, the insurance, bank, car companies and other companies that are being grabbed by this Administration, you see your personal space being whittled away, slowly and almost imperceptibly. One small thing here, one small thing there and soon it´s all gone.

Those who have prepared for a violent attack against them by government and those who plan to prepare have the right idea. At least they see things for what they are -- governmental overreaching. Instead of the God-given life, liberty and pursuit of happiness we should maintain, we have vanishing liberty and encroaching communism.

I don´t believe all of what is going on is merely a shift toward "social democracy". I believe it´s worse -- tyranny, dictatorship, and/or communism.

And where is the GOP?

{{crickets}}

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Country Boy, 2/22/2013 8:16:04 AM     (No. 9190323)

Reports at the time had it that David Koresch was a regular visitor into town, hardware store, grocery etc. The Dim-witted Justice Department (Reno) could have easily captured him with little or no violence.

Crappiest government money can buy.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Nimby, 2/22/2013 8:45:40 AM     (No. 9190382)

The other insane Janet,Clinton´s partner in crime! And how come no one talks about the little children who were shot by the agents or perished in the fire that was set!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: envirodude, 2/22/2013 9:19:12 AM     (No. 9190467)

I remember that our local Jackson MS paper ran a 1/2 page article about Koresh two days before the raid. I thought then that he was being set up and was correct.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Clinger, 2/22/2013 9:44:26 AM     (No. 9190526)

They commited two intolerable sins, clung to their bibles and their guns. Our government is so full of misinformation who knows if any allegations of child abuse had merit. They had plenty of opportunity to drag Koresh in without violence. Regardless of any possible legitimate concern that is the business of government, their actions suggest a nefarious motive or the most utter incompetence on the planet. Either way cause to distrust, a stark reminder of how current our founding documents are.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Susannah, 2/22/2013 9:51:17 AM     (No. 9190541)

#6, Koresh went out jogging every morning, off the compound. If they´d wanted to, the Feds could have just picked him up then.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Pinchem, 2/22/2013 10:39:11 AM     (No. 9190663)

The government (tanks and guns) violating the Posse Comitatus Act and killing 20 children produced no major outrage, yet an evil man kills 20 children in a school and there is outrage. Where have intelligent people gone?

I was thinking the other day, people followed the Cult of Jim Jones and they all died. People followed the Cult of David Koresh and they all died, the Heaven´s Gate Cult who all died, What will happen to the people who follow the Cult of Obama? Hmmmmmmm.


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Reply 12 - Posted by: just another nerd, 2/22/2013 12:46:30 PM     (No. 9190994)

I remember watching live coverage on CNN and seeing a tank puncture the side of the Mt. Carmel building and pull back with flames shooting out of the barrel. That footage was never shown again. That was when the fire broke out and the building burned down. It looked to me like a flame thrower tank injecting fire into the building. I have no idea what really happened, that is just what it looked like.


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