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Saints Under Siege: The Texas State Raid on the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints

Stuart A. Wright and James T. Richardson

Abstract

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 st ... More

Keywords: minority religions, Yearning for Zion Ranch, Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, Mormons, FLDS, Texas, social intolerance, state repression, child sexual abuse, state raid

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814795286
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814795286.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stuart A. Wright, editor

James T. Richardson, editor

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Introduction

Stuart A. Wright and James T. Richardson

I Historical Context

1 The Past as Prologue

Martha Bradley Evans

2 Rescuing Children?

Susan J. Palmer

3 The Struggle for Legitimacy

Ryan T. Cragun, Michael Nielsen, and Heather Clingenpeel

II Social and Cultural Dimensions

6 Texas Redux

Stuart A. Wright and Jennifer Lara Fagen

7 Large-Scale FLDS Raids

Camille B. Lalasz and Carlene A. Gonzalez

III Legal and Political Perspectives

9 Political and Legislative Context of the FLDS Raid in Texas

James T. Richardson and Tamatha L. Schreinert

10 Pyrrhic Victory?

Tamatha L. Schreinert and James T. Richardson