Manna Storehouse story

December 21, 2008

I can’t seem to find the earliest stories regarding the raid on Manna Storehouse in LaGrange, Ohio. The Google News links are here; they only go back to December 5th, while the raid apparently occurred on December 1st. A commenter named Don Neeper posted about it on December 2nd at The Complete Patient, a weblog devoted to health, food, and related business issues. The best coverage from a co-op point of view is probably at The Bovine, a weblog devoted to the cause of “access to raw milk,” where it appeared on December 3rd.

From there it made the jump to Berit Kjos’s website on December 4th, and from there after updates etc. to e.g. Dwayna Litz’s weblog and Lighthouse Trails.

The news articles focus on the question of whether the Stowers were operating a business without a license. The milk people see this as the Ohio Department of Agriculture acting on behalf of corporate food interests, and Kjos et al focus on the presence of guns, the legality of search and seizure, with a suggestion that this is the face of things to come from the United Nations, Barack Obama, and assorted paramilitary groups.

I haven’t read anything to suggest what the Stowers’ denominational affiliation is.

Note use of scare quotes in Cleveland Plain Dealer story, which presents the story from the point of view of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office (December 10).

Farm And Dairy article regarding lawsuit doesn’t mention SWAT teams, has no scare quotes around the word “raid” (December 19).

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