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American Agenda (Religion: Paramilitary Groups) #160135

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 03, 1995
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Dallas, Texas: Peggy Wehmeyer) The religious views of the paramilitary subculture, which sees itself as doing God's work against the evil federal government, featured; scenes shown of militia training; the social issues outlined. [Texas constitutional militia Ralph TURNER - states his views about society.] Their apocalyptic vision explained; scenes shown of the burning Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, which has become a focal point for the sociopolitical beliefs of the militias. [Institution for the Study of American Religion Gordon MELTON - links the groups to biblical fundamentalism.] [Paramilitary hero Bo GRITZ - quotes the Bible about The Beast.]

Jennings, Peter;
Wehmeyer, Peggy

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