Almost two months after the fact, the news hounds at National Public Radio have sniffed out some incongruities in the Waco Biker Massacre.
What? There was tons of just "regular folks" at that biker show-down?
What? There was Christian biker gangs at that biker shoot out?
What in hell does a "Christian biker gang" even look like?
Well, I'm gonna go out on a limb here and postulate that they probably look like "bikers" who have either "Jesus" or "Christ" or both emblazoned on their biker kit. I don't know enough about the minutia of biker regalia to determine what the difference is between a patch and a cut, but it seems to me that Christian bikers are respected among the biker community.
Respect is of course the common currency in biker culture and among bikers.
I remember a guy who was in my rehab program at the Homewood, one of the premier rehab/ detox destinations in North America to this day, the first time I was going through that shit. He showed me his photo album. He was a full-patch dude in the Satan's Choice, who back in the day were the "outlaw motorcycle gang" to "fear" the most in Southern Ontario.
Every Satan's Choice eventually became a Hells Angel back in the great Ontario patch-over, but that's another story.
A bit of his photo album was biker stuff, the rest was him at Christian revival meetings and doing family stuff with his wife and kids.
There was absolutely nothing scary about the guy once you got to know him. At the same time, things probably wouldn't go well for you if you crossed him.
I've never (yet) owned a Harley but I've had respect for biker culture ever since I got to know that guy.
So NPR discovers there may be a element of bullshit in the official Waco story. That doesn't stop them from giving Pinocchio Swanton a free pass on spreading more bullshit.
But it's better than nothing.