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The two found support for their beliefs, and they have since passed their findings on to others who continue to challenge what they consider federal overreach and a collapse of the U.S. Constitution. They compiled the works, highlighted and annotated, into an anthology called "The Nay Book," named for rancher Keith Nay, Bundy's late neighbor. The nearly 200-page booklet starts with a letter from Bundy outlining the document's central question: "What is the constitutional duty of a member of the Lord's church?" Bundy found answers in the scripture that he believed directed and justified him in "defending my rights and my ranch against the federal government's tyrannical" usurpation of his land.
"The Nay Book" is a document rarely found outside Bundy's inner circle, and it appears to lay a religious foundation for the rancher's strong and consistent views that the federal government has been trampling his rights. More than an issue of the control of public land and federal taxation, it shows that Bundy and those close to him tie a unique interpretation of Mormon tenets to fundamental American governance and believe that defending their land is both a political and a religious necessity.
"This document absolutely represents a fringe ideology within the church," said Matthew Bowman,
It wasn't the federal government that was overreaching and abridging the rights of citizens. Rather, it was Bundy fanaticism that put innocent lives at risk, Ward says.
"They are extremists," says Ward, who was hailed by Grasty for exercising patience and restraint in the extremely volatile crises that overwhelmed this quiet community. "Any disagreement with them makes you the enemy."
If the Bundys can, they would have probably carve up their theocratic fiefdom and impose their own brand of Mormonism on their territories at the expense of many people. The fact local residents in Burns are afraid of them should be a red flag something is seriously off with the Bundys.
Look, I know a lot of you folks want to portray the Bundys as Patriots who stand against injustice but the problem is they are religious zealots.
I think that this article is really an attempt to make the Bundys less sympathetic.
The weavers were painted as crazy white supremacists, david koeresh (probably the least sympathetic of the bunch) was portrayed to be the leader of a pedophilia ring. And now here the bundys are being made out to be religious zelots. I wouldnt be suprised if the government had more in store for the bundys. Im sure someone in an IRS office is going over their returns with a fine tooth comb looking for anything they can use to put them in cuffs now that all the attention and the milita is gone.