Saints Under Siege: The Texas State Raid on the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints (New and Alternative Religions)

Author: James T. Richardson Stuart A. Wright
Publisher: New York University Press
Category: Religion & Politics, Other Nonconformist & Evangelical Churches, Christian Institutions & Organizations
Book Format: Paperback

In April 2008, state police and child protection authorities raided Yearning for Zion Ranch near Eldorado, Texas, a community of 800 members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints (FLDS), a polygamist branch of the Mormons. State officials claimed that the raid, which was triggered by anonymous phone calls from an underage girl to a domestic violence hotline, was based on evidence of widespread child sexual abuse. In a high-risk paramilitary operation, 439 children were removed from the custody of their parents and held until the Third Court of Appeals found that the state had overreached. Not only did the state fail to corroborate the authenticity of the hoax calls, but evidence reveals that Texas officials had targeted the FLDS from the outset, planning and preparing for a confrontation.

Saints under Siege provides a thorough, theoretically grounded critical examination of the Texas state raid on the FLDS while situating this event in a broader sociological context. The volume considers the raid as an exemplar case of a larger pattern of state actions against minority religions, offering comparative analyses to other government raids both historically and across cultures. In its look beyond the Texas raid, it provides compelling evidence of social intolerance and state repression of unpopular minority faiths in general, and the FLDS in particular.

Table Of Contents
List of Illustrations List of Figures List of Tables Preface Abbreviations Introduction Part I: Historical Overview 1 Germania: Origins and Progress to World War I2 Retreat: The German Problem and Its Painful Resolution 3 Boom and Bust 4 Good Times, Hard Times in the Postwar Era Part II: Product, Distribution, and Expense Management 5 Product Development: The Actuarial Problem and Individual Insurance 6 Product Development: Group, Bene?ts, and Reinsurance 7 Spreading the Word 8 Selling Insurance 9 Administration: Process and People 10 Managing Administrative Expenses: Regionalization and Automation 11 Burdens of Corporate Citizenship: Regulation and TaxesPart III: Investments 12 Investing the Premiums: Asset Management to the Mid-Twentieth Century 13 Flexibility and Quality: George Conklin's Legacy Part IV: Mutuality and Performance14 Swimming against the Tide Appendix Notes Bibliography Index About the Authors
About Stuart A. Wright
Stuart A. Wright is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Office of Research at Lamar University. He is the author or editor of a number of titles including Armageddon in Waco: Critical Perspectives on the Branch Davidian Conflict. James T. Richardson is Professor of Sociology and Judicial Studies and Director of the Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies at University of Nevada, Reno. He is the co-author and editor of 10 books.


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Artist / Author James T. Richardson Stuart A. Wright
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