The historical and religious tensions behind Ammon Bundy’s militia

13 Jan

The new year was rung in with the surprising news of a small militia occupying a federal building in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, deep in rural Oregon. Armed protestors, calling themselves Citizens for Constitutional Freedom, have called on the U.S. government to reverse policies dealing with public lands that they consider unconstitutional.The group’s leader, Ammon Bundy, a confessing Mormon, said they would remain there until they “restore the land and resources to the people so people across the country can begin thriving again.”

So begins historian Kyle Beshears’s post on the Mormon connections with the Oregon wildlife refuge standoff. You can read the entire post at The Christian Century here: The historical and religious tensions behind Ammon Bundy’s militia | The Christian Century

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