The Fundamentalist Religious Views That Inspired Ammon Bundy and His Militia to Occupy a Remote Federal Facility in Oregon

Jon Krakauer
Jan 5, 2016 · 15 min read
Brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy Holding Forth to the Media in Harney County, Oregon. NBC NEWS PHOTO


CHAPTER TWELVE

Like fundamentalists in other faiths, Dan Lafferty was intent on adhering unfailingly to God’s “true” commandments, as determined by a rigorously literal interpretation of his church’s earliest and most sacred texts. And he was no less intent on adhering to the “true” commandments of his country’s earliest and most sacred texts, as well. To Dan, such documents as the Book of Mormon, The Peace Maker, the United States Constitution, and The Declaration of Independence are all of a piece: They are holy scriptures that provide a direct link to the Almighty. The authority that flows from their divinely inspired sentences is absolute and immutable. And it is the duty of righteous men and women to conduct their lives according to a stringently literal reading of those sentences.


Dan and Ron Lafferty after their arrest in 1984

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Author of Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, Three Cups of Deceit, and Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town. www.instagram.com/krakauernotwriting/

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