Branch Davidians

Eschatology, resembling Ragnarǫk in Norse mythology, is a concern of people who think that history's final events are in motion: death, judgement, heaven, and hell. While lacking rational justification, eschatology permeates Bahá'í, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, and Jewish faiths. This has resulted in at least one unfortunate event: the Waco Siege.

In early 1993, agents from the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms decided to search the Branch Davidian ranch called the Mount Carmel Center. A gun-fight ensued, which was followed by a deadly 50-day siege that was started by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Vernon Wayne Howell (renamed David Koresh) was the sect leader of the Branch Davidians: a Protestant sect that formed from the Davidian Seventh Day Adventists. Adventists believe the remains of a long-dead carpenter will reanimate to create an Earth free from “sin.” Koresh believed this prophecy would be fulfilled near Waco, Texas; he believed that he was a prophet of the Christian god and used his belief to manipulate his followers.

A fire destroyed the compound ending the siege, culminating in 76 deaths, including 17 people under the age of 17.

Cult and religious power must be restricted or eliminated.