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Storming Zion: Government Raids on Religious Communities

Stuart A. Wright and Susan J. Palmer


The raid conducted by German police in 2013 against an American-based sect, the Twelve Tribes, is part of a troubling pattern. There have been a growing number of government raids on new or unconventional religious communities in recent years. In some cases, these have resulted in harmful and even deadly consequences, as in the federal siege of the Branch Davidians. Only a few decades ago such raids were relatively rare. But now governments appear to be predisposed to use this draconian approach to enforcement on minority religions, even when the parties who lodge the grievance claims are unre ... More

Keywords: Twelve Tribes, stereotypes, unconventional religious communities, government raids, Branch Davidians, militarized raids, strategic frames, anticult organizations, brainwashing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780195398892
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398892.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stuart A. Wright, author
Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice, Lamar University

Susan J. Palmer, author
Affiliate Professor in the Religion Department, Concordia University