Paranoia with purpose

Like-minded "Patriots" find their own around the new Branch Davidian Church in Waco

Despite Jones' histrionics, the Patriot movement got a boost from its church-building foray. Their bumper-sticker motto was, "You burn it, we build it."

Judith Vincent, who seven years ago watched ATF agents hoist their flag on the same pole where Koresh's banner burned, volunteered time and materials to make sure a new Davidian flag was hoisted in front of the church. The middle-age woman addressed the crowd in a way that was simultaneously motherly, militant, and calm.

"This entire effort has made me feel good about America again," she said.

Out of the ashes: Anti-government "Patriots" set aside their fears to help Branch Davidians build a new church on Mount Carmel.
Peter Calvin
Out of the ashes: Anti-government "Patriots" set aside their fears to help Branch Davidians build a new church on Mount Carmel.

She received a standing ovation.

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