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Storming ZionGovernment Raids on Religious Communities$
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Stuart A. Wright and Susan J. Palmer

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780195398892

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398892.001.0001

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Raids in France

Raids in France

(p.198) 9 Raids in France
Storming Zion

Stuart A. Wright

Susan J. Palmer

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the role of the anticult movement (ACM) in instigating government raids on NRMs in France. It argues that powerful anticult organizations in France have faced few barriers of church-state separation and have become an arm of the state regulatory apparatus. ACM organizations are state supported and funded. Unlike in North America, where ACM organizations are third-party interest groups or movements lobbying government officials to act, in France they are empowered by the state. As such, they have extraordinary authority and influence, leading to extreme measures of social control and state mobilization of force, resulting in a hostile climate for new movements seeking a foothold in society.

Keywords:   government raids, France, state regulatory apparatus, anticult organizations, French government

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