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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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Strategic Dissolution and the Politics of Opposition

Strategic Dissolution and the Politics of Opposition

Parallels in the State Raids on the Twelve Tribes and the FLDS

(p.201) 8 Strategic Dissolution and the Politics of Opposition
Saints Under Siege

Jean Swantko Wiseman

NYU Press

This chapter examines similarities in the state raids on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints (FLDS) at the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Eldorado in 2008 and the Twelve Tribes Community in Island Pond, Vermont in 1984. It first provides an overview of the strategic plan, hatched by Galen Kelly, then a deprogrammer for Citizens' Freedom Foundation, designed to disrupt and dissolve the Twelve Tribes Community at Island Pond. It then considers two significant trends that emerged following the Island Pond raid: the beginning of an apparent surge of coordinated state raids on new or nontraditional religions, and the beginning of a surge of strategic assaults that target primarily child abuse allegations made by anticult movement affiliated organizations and actors. It also looks at the search warrants issued for both the Eldorado and Island Pond raids and suggests that both incidents reflect religious intolerance on the part of government.

Keywords:   state raid, Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, Yearning for Zion Ranch, Twelve Tribes, Island Pond, Vermont, Galen Kelly, anticult movement, search warrants, religious intolerance

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