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Published: Monday, June 16 2014 10:55 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

I looked thru the pics of different gatherings of the Tribe to try to find out what it is that the LDS church was warning their people of. The group seemed very peaceful & while not exactly dressing in the norm, more like the hippies of when I was a little girl, there wasn't anything frightening about them. We come across all kinds of people in life & the Young Women who were out there weren't little. They are old enough to know what their parents and their religion believes to be right & wrong. They are exposed to some pretty scary & weird things at school. Instead of running, I would have liked to have seen extra adults come on their camping trip with them so they get to experience what their mothers did before them. I'm not LDS but firmly believe in tradition, the power of family & that we do need to get along, no matter our beliefs. Their is a lesson in every day & the Jesus I love, loves these people as much as he loves me.


Essentially, hippies are dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. Some things never change, I guess.

Danbury, CT

I'm still unclear after reading the article who the Rainbow group is and why they pose a threat. This was a poorly organized story too - focusing on the perceived threat of the group and not first explaining why. Who are they? Where are they from? What is their purpose and activities? Why Utah? Why is it a surprise that they are there?

Auckland NZ, 00

This article leaves me confused as to why teens are being sent home from camp during a week that coincides with a big 'hippie' get together. Also wonder about the relevance of a photo depicting a family that "were headed to the Rainbow festival" almost a year ago. Why was it included? Should we find the people in the photo unpleasant because of the age of their vehicle? Were they among the small number of shoplifters out of the 20 thousand people who attended a previous year's event? The only thing not confusing about the article is its unjustified negativity towards the gathering.

Kuna, ID

Why did they decide of all places to do this in Utah? Can't they just attend burning man in Utah? Or the country fair in Veneta Oregon?

Mchenry, IL

Who is the rainbow family and why are they a threat?

Sandy, UT

TimBehrend, why is it unjustified negativity? Lewdness, aggressive panhandling and shoplifting all sound like justified negativity. 18 arrests and hundreds of tickets and warning sounds like an environment I would not want my daughter's around. People have the right to do their own thing as long as they do not violate the law. That being said, I do not want to be around the hippie culture and would not want anyone in my family in close proximity to their event.


Folks -

Last time this group gathered in Utah, there were 18 arrests and hundreds of citations issued. Cabins in the area were vandalized, property destroyed or stolen.

I am sure that most of those gathering are peaceful and do not pose a problem, but there are a few "bad apples"...

The Church is taking precautions, not against "hippies", but to protect the young girls who attend the youth camps. Given that there is a possiblity of harm to the young women at the camps, I applaud the Church for this action. Safety is the top priority.

It is almost comical the way some grope for ways to attack the LDS Church. Law enforcement in the area have been warning businesses for days about the gathering. Why is that not a problem, but the Church relocating camps full of young girls is?

Clearfield, UT

From what I have heard the camps were moved because of active protests by the Rainbow Family - that they (The Rainbow family members) had actually gone to the camp. Did this author attempt to contact anybody actually involved? I agree with the comments above - I started looking for "the real story" with why the camps were moved and what had happened, but didn't find any answers in this article.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

There’s something strangely familiar about this story…

A group of hippie looking folks proclaiming peace and harmony show up in a city. The state authorities don’t want any trouble and pledge to keep the peace. Local church leaders get nervous and vow to “closely monitor the situation.”

Sure I’ve heard this before and have the vaguest memory of things not ending well for the hippie leader. Oh well, I’m sure as long as they don’t start calling people hypocrites and blind letter (vs. spirit) of the law followers, this should passover without a hitch.

Gilbert, AZ

This article makes the Rainbow Family sound like a bunch of predators. Was that the intent?

Sandy, UT

The hippies will be driving down the road next to the girls camp! Oh no! Lock up your daughters!

(Next, we'll be hearing that some of the folks on that road are carrying concealed firearms.....)

Hey It's Me
Salt Lake City, UT

The person who wrote this story and the person who assigned the story and didn't check to make sure there were facts need to be talked to about their writing. I feel like there is so much that was left out. Ifeel like the author was trying to make people get angry at the Church for not having tolerence... when in fact it was the police warning people to be very careful. The Church ust followed the guidance of the police dept. As stated there has been burglary, and aggressive behavior, so I can see why the police ere warning people in the area.

Buena Vista, VA

I probably learned more about this group from some of the reader comments than from the actual article itself. From what I read, they seem reminiscent of the "occupy groups" who were supposedly for social justice etc. Isn't it ironic that a group that claims to promote peace and harmony also involves nudity and shoplifting? Just like the "occupy" groups trashed their areas, and were involved in assaults and rapes etc. Now, I'm all for peace and harmony; don't get me wrong. But the hippie method to achieving harmony doesn't always work as planned. Just like the communist method to increasing living standards didn't work out as planned. Just like the Obamacare method of keeping your doctor, lowering costs, and covering everyone didn't work out as they planned.

Salt Lake City, UT

So out of 20,000 people there were 18 arrests. So my math skills aren't the greatest but if I'm correct that works out to about 9/100 of one percent of the group that was arrested. That doesn't sound like much of a threat. I wonder how many arrests there are at the average outdoor concert? I agree that this article could have done a better job explaining why there is a perception that the Rainbow Family is considered a threat and why the LDS church felt it necessary to move the girls camp. By the way, I own a 1961 Chevy Corvair van. If the D-News did an article on me would they point that out as well? For 51 years old, it looks like the owners have done a great job keeping it up. That almost sounds like - heaven forbid - responsibility?

Salt Lake City, UT

Oops. I said that my math skills aren't the greatest and proved it. Actually not, I thought the van was a '63, not a '65. Mods, can you edit my post to make it a 49 year old van, not a 51?

Laura Bilington
Maple Valley, WA

Everyone knows that for the other 51 weeks of the year, there were no burglaries. None whatsoever.


Goddess Divine
Orem, UT

They should have someone come to greet them and welcome them when they arrive, then they should be told they are not allowed to liter anywhere or rob people, especially since they preach no violence. They should be told a head of time that if they cause trouble they are not going to be welcomed in the future. If they are told in advance they should be smart to behave, if not, then they should get an official letter from the sheriff's office telling them that they are not allowed to come back for a certain amount of time unless they behave. I am not sure if this has been done already. Maybe they did and it did not work. I hope the people in town are nice to them too.

Logan, UT

Yeah, I'm more confused after reading the story than before. Other than a vague reference to shoplifting and nudity, I'm not sure what threat this group poses or even what they are. Were they close to the girls' camps, and was there a danger of kidnappings or something? This story is in sore need of some facts.

Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT

@ ExDixieIte

18 arrests and hundreds of tickets and citations... do the math again buddy.

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