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Saints Under SiegeThe Texas State Raid on the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints$
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Stuart A. Wright and James T. Richardson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814795286

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814795286.001.0001

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Saints Under Siege

Stuart A. Wright

James T. Richardson

NYU Press

This book explores the issues arising from the paramilitary-style raid launched by Texas state police and the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) on April 3, 2008, against the Yearning for Zion Ranch near Eldorado. The Yearning for Zion Ranch is a community of 800 members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), a Mormon sect known for its practice of polygamy. State officials claimed that the raid was conducted in response to allegations of a “widespread pattern and practice” of child sexual abuse and underage marriage within the FLDS. The book analyzes the Texas raid in a broader sociological context by comparing it with other government raids on new or minority religions both historically and across cultures. It argues that the Texas raid was only one example of social intolerance and state repression of unpopular minority faiths in general, and the FLDS in particular.

Keywords:   government raids, Texas, Yearning for Zion Ranch, Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, polygamy, child sexual abuse, underage marriage, minority religions, social intolerance, state repression

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