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Branch Davidians, a.k.a. Students of the Seven Seals

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This essay is an attempt to obtain a balanced review of the Waco tragedy. With all of the disinformation and misinformation floating around, this is an impossible task.

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Overview

The Branch Davidians is a sect that split away from the Seventh-Day Adventist church. Under their now deceased leader, David Koresh, it became a destructive, doomsday cult. Many of their members died during a standoff with federal authorities in Waco, TX. Fragments of the original group survive.

With the release of Livingstone Fagan in 2007-MAY, all of the members of the sect who were given jail sentences as a result of the standoff are now free from jail.

Perhaps the ultimate message of the Waco tragedy is that seeking religious certainty and security while eliminating religious doubt and skepticism from one's life can have dangerous consequences.

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Topics covered in this section:

bullet The Branch Davidians
bullet History
bullet Beliefs
bullet Practices
 
bullet The Waco standoff
bullet What is known
bullet What is not known
bullet Events from the Branch Davidian perspective
bullet Events from the FBI perspective
bullet A documentary film
bullet Conclusions by Time Magazine.
bullet Link to the Oklahoma bombing
 
bullet The Danforth report
 
bullet Recent developments:
bullet The Branch Davidians today
bullet Recent developments
bullet Books and Internet sites about Waco

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Copyright 1995 to 2008 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally published: 1995-SEP-28
Last update: 2008-APR-21
Author: B.A. Robinson

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