Domestic Terrorists Occupying Federal Building In Oregon Cite Mormon Scripture For Support Of Their Acts
Cliven Bundy’s sons, Ammon Bundy and Ryan Bundy, are the leaders of a “militia” group that on Saturday took over a federal building at theÂ Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon. Now that the general public is learning the Bundy family are of the Mormon faith, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has decided to condemn the action, which many are calling domestic terrorism.
“While the disagreement occurring in Oregon about the use of federal lands is not a church matter,” LDS spokesman Eric Hawkins told the Deseret News, which is owned by the Mormon Church, “church leaders strongly condemn the armed seizure of the facility and are deeply troubled by the reports that those who have seized the facility suggest that they are doing so based on scriptural principles.”
Calling it an “armed occupation,” the LDS Church said the actions “can in no way be justified on a scriptural basis.”
“We are privileged to live in a nation where conflicts with government or private groups can â€” and should â€” be settled using peaceful means, according to the laws of the land.”
â€” Globalnews.ca (@globalnews) January 4, 2016
Buzzfeed reports that it obtained several emails from the Bundy family members, citing the Book of Mormon as support for taking action, supposedly to help the Hammonds, th two Oregon ranchers who are being sent back to jail after buring acres of federal lands.
â€œPlease stay informed about the Hammond Family and be prepared to act according to the prompting the Lord gives you,â€Â Ammon Bundy wrote on Nov. 6.
â€œThe injustices the Hammonds are suffering will be a type and shadow of the suffering the American people will endure if we do not stand and put an end to it,â€ Carol Bundy, wife of Cliven, wrote on Nov. 17. Buzzfeed explains:
The â€œtype and shadowâ€ language is especially significant. It comes fromÂ The Book of MormonÂ (the scripture, not the musical) and isÂ used by a prophetÂ who is decrying a king that has unjustly oppressed and taxed his people.
â€œNevertheless, when the wicked rule the people mourn,â€ Ammon wrote on Nov. 21, quoting, Buzzfeed says, “from the Doctrine and Covenants, another Mormon scripture.”
Pointing to the Mormon scripture, the New York Daily News reports it “seems some explanation for this bizarre conquest was clear long ago: The Bundys believe it was written.”
Indeed they do.
In 2014, according to The Spectrum, Cliven Bundy, had this exchange with the members of the Independent American Party (IAP), a Â socially conservative political group that draws inspiration from the Mormon Church:
“If our (U.S.) Constitution is an inspired document by our Lord Jesus Christ, then isn’t it scripture?” he asked.
“Yes,” a chorus of voices replied.
“Isn’t it the same as the Book of Mormon and the Bible?” Bundy asked.
“Absolutely,” the audience answered.
Ammon Bundy has also said this week that “the Lord was not pleased with what was happening to the Hammonds,” and, to his “fellow Christian terrorists,” as Progressive Secular Humanist reports, “I am asking you to come to Harney County to participate in this wonderful thing that the Lord is about to accomplish.”
Image: Screenshot via GlobalNews.ca/TwitterÂ
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Highland Park Shooting Deaths Include Both Parents of Two Year Old Found at Scene of July 4th Massacre
On Twitter Sunday afternoon in the aftermath of the July 4th Highland Park mass shooting a photo of a young boy appeared in several tweets. He was described as lost, good samaritans assumed he had become separated from his parents in the mayhem of the massacre, and people were trying to reunite him with his family.
CBS Chicago reporter Marissa Parra now reveals the boy’s name is Aiden, but he won’t be reunited with his parents: both were shot dead by the Highland Park gunman.
Remember this little boy found wandering alone after #HighlandPark parade? We’ve just found out why… both his parents were killed💔
A fundraiser has been started for Irina and Kevin McCarthy’s 2-yo son Aiden as he grows up without them
— Marissa Parra (@MarParNews) July 5, 2022
“Kevin McCarthy, 37, and Irina McCarthy, 35, were among the seven people [who] were killed during the mass shooting,” CBS Chicago reports.
“We took him to safety under tragic circumstances, came together to locate his grandparents, and prayed for the safety of his family,” reads the story on a GoFundMe page hoping to raise money for Aiden.
“Sadly, I need to share his name…Aiden McCarthy. And he needs more of our help,” it adds. “At two years old, Aiden is left in the unthinkable position; to grow up without his parents,” it adds. “Aiden will be cared for by his loving grandparents, Misha and Nina Levberg, and he will have a long road ahead to heal, find stability, and ultimately navigate life as an orphan. He is surrounded by a community of friends and extended family that will embrace him with love, and any means available to ensure he has everything he needs as he grows.”
About $475,000 has quickly been raised with more than 7600 people contributing. The top donation is $5000.
‘Invasion’: Texas Lt. Gov. Likens Border Crossings to Attack on Pearl Harbor – ‘These People Are a Danger to America’
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, a far-right Republican, is comparing migrants crossing the border into Texas to Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor that killed 2335 people. He is calling it an “invasion” and says that gives the state the right to “put hands on people.”
Patrick, who because of Texas’ unique structure is more powerful than the governor, told Fox News on Tuesday, “we are being invaded, and if we’re being invaded under the constitution I think that gives us the power to put hands on people and send them back. Put hands on people and send them back,” he said repeatedly.
“These people are a danger to America,” Patrick said in a rant. It was unclear if he was referring to migrants or President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
The Lt. Governor, who has hawked the racist “great replacement theory” repeatedly, and used the term “invasion” repeatedly, told Fox News that Texas is now spending $4 billion annually on the border, while Texas National Guardsmen and Texas Rangers complain of being called up to serve, having to abandon their regular jobs, for no apparent reason.
“This is the biggest danger we have, to your family,” Patrick says of the fentanyl crossing the border. “It’s all on Biden,” he claimed.
Last week Texas Governor Greg Abbott drew extensive criticism for using the deaths of more than 50 migrants packed into an 18-wheel tractor-trailer as a political opportunity to attack President Biden. Even some conservatives attacked Abbott for his inhumane remarks..
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick repeatedly says the state’s declaration of an “invasion” of migrants means they can “put hands on people and send them back.”
He then says “we’re being attacked just like we were on Pearl Harbor.” pic.twitter.com/kmcPakR43Z
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 5, 2022
7th Victim of July 4th Mass Shooting Dies
Seven people have now died as a result of a gunman opening fire from a rooftop into an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois.
The latest victim succumbed to their injuries Tuesday afternoon, NBC 5 Chicago reported. Authorities have not identified all the victims, but have said five of those who died were adults. Another 46 people were wounded.
Police on Tuesday announced that the shooter fired at least 70 rounds into the crowd, using a “high-powered rifle” that is “similar” to a AR-15. They also revealed the suspected gunman planned the attack for weeks, purchased his weapons legally, disguised himself by wearing women’s attire to “conceal his facial tattoos and his identity,” and to “help him during the escape.” He then walked to his mother’s house after the shooting.
Law enforcement Monday evening arrested Robert Crimo, who they say is a “person of interest,” but he has not been charged.
“There are no words for the kind of monster who lies in wait and fires into a crowd of families with children celebrating a holiday with their community,” Illinois Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker said in a statement. “There are no words for the kind of evil that robs our neighbors of their hopes, their dreams, their futures. There are no words I can offer to lift the pain of those they leave behind. Please know that our state grieves with you, that MK and I grieve with you.”
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