About NYU Press Our Affiliates Jobs Sitemap
 
Saints Under Siege
The Texas State Raid on the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints
Edited By Stuart A. Wright
and James T. Richardson
 
281 pages
9 illustrations
October, 2011
ISBN: 9780814795293
 
Introduction
Table of Contents
 
$25.00 Paper
also available in Cloth, eBook
click here for exam copies
 
Bookmark and Share
 
Subjects: Religion, Sociology, Law
Part of the  New and Alternative Religions Series
 
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 state had overreached. Not only did the state fail to corroborate the authenticity of the hoax calls, but evidence reveals that Texas officials had targeted the FLDS from the outset, planning and preparing for a confrontation.
 
Saints under Siege provides a thorough, theoretically grounded critical examination of the Texas state raid on the FLDS while situating this event in a broader sociological context.  The volume considers the raid as an exemplar case of a larger pattern of state actions against minority religions, offering comparative analyses to other government raids both historically and across cultures.  In its look beyond the Texas raid, it provides compelling evidence of social intolerance and state repression of unpopular minority faiths in general, and the FLDS in particular.

© 2013 NYU Press  |  Read our Privacy Policy  |  Design by Point Five  |  Developed by Seisan
Resources for:
   Authors
   Educators
   Reviewers/Media

Sign up for our newsletters!
Connect with us!