Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Stone Family Wedding Was Held In Full Hutaree Military Garb

Hutaree Family Had Militia 'Chaplain' Conduct Son's Wedding

The bride wore white, but the groom -- and all of his family, including the tyke who was the ring bearer -- wore camouflage combat uniforms of a Christian militia group.

"I was really surprised. It just seemed so inappropriate," Donna Spurgeon told"She was a beautiful bride and had a beautiful white dress and it seemed really odd" next to the military uniforms.

Spurgeon was referring to the March 13 wedding of Josh Stone, the last of the Christian extremist group Hutaree to be arrested in an alleged plot to kill police officers. Nine members of the Hutaree militia have been arrested.

At the center of the nine Hutaree militia are Josh Stone, his parents and his brother.

Those who have met the Stone family describe its members as socially awkward, a trait that Spurgeon said she witnessed at the youngest Stone's wedding.

Photographs were posted on a Facebook page that belongs to Karen Belcher. Belcher is a friend of the bride, Shannon Witt, and was asked to photograph the wedding. She said that most of the men at the ceremony were in full military fatigues.

Even a young ring bearer, who appears to be no more than 6 years old, was wearing the uniform.

"I knew [the Stones] were different, I just didn't know how different," said Belcher. "That was my first meeting."...