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By Stuart A. Wright, Susan J. Palmer

Whereas students, media, and the general public could be conscious of a number of notable executive raids on spiritual groups, reminiscent of the U.S. federal raid at the department Davidians in 1993, only a few everyone is conscious of the scope of those raids or the frequency with which they ensue. encouraged through the Texas nation raid at the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-day Saints in 2008, authors Stuart A. Wright and Susan J. Palmer determined to assemble info on all of the raids of this type that experience taken position in Western-style democracies over the past six a long time. They therefore verified the 1st archive of raided teams after which used it see if any styles might be pointed out. Their findings have been stunning; there have been way more raids than anticipated, and the majority of them had happened given that 1990, reflecting an almost exponential raise. What may well account for this surprising and dramatic raise in kingdom keep an eye on of minority religions?

In Storming Zion, Wright and Palmer argue that the elevated use of those high-risk and severe varieties of enforcement corresponds to extended association and projects by means of competitors of unconventional religions. Anti-cult organisations supply strategic "frames" that outline capability conflicts or difficulties in a given group as inherently risky, and build narratives that draw on stereotypes of kid and sexual abuse, brainwashing, or even mass suicide. The distinctive team is made to seem extra risky than it truly is, leading to an overreaction by way of professionals. Wright and Palmer discover the results of heightened kingdom repression and regulate of minority religions in an more and more multicultural, globalized international. At a time of quickly transferring demographics inside Western societies this e-book cautions opposed to country regulate of marginalized teams and provides perception into the explanations why the responses to those teams are frequently so reactionary.

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FECRIS was also recognized by the French government and gained advisory status. In 1996, the prime minister of France, Alain Juppe, created the Interministerial Observatory on Sects to begin state monitoring of suspect religious groups. The Observatory was given the mandate to find more effective tools to “combat” dangerous sects. Training and awareness programs were established for police, prosecutors, judges, and teachers in a collaborative effort to crack down on such groups. A key appointment to the new Observatory was psychiatrist Jean-Marie Abgrall.

Indeed, ongoing conflict between oppositional coalitions and NRMs provides opportunities for what Bromley calls apostate careers (1998c:37– 38). Career apostates are a more passionate subset of apostates whose credentials, status, and income are dependent on being a “professional ex” (Brown, 1996). The moral and experiential qualifications of the career apostate allow the individual to make “legitimate claims to the entitlements of their stigma” (Brown, 1996:444). Lawrence Foster provides a detailed analysis of career apostates Jerald and Sandra Tanner, ex-Mormons who “devoted their lives to exposing and trying to destroy Mormonism” (1984:35).

Sympathetic journalists, responsive to the victimization narrative of an apostate, alongside charges of child abuse, sexual abuse, or other sensational tropes that play to the cult stereotype, will likely be drawn to the story as it will make “good copy” and appeal to the prurient interest of readers or television viewers (Beckford, 1985; Richardson and Introvigne, 2007; Shupe and Hadden, 1995). In our research, we found it to be almost universally true that the “source” of news stories about a perceived “cult” threat in the wake of a government raid was an apostate coupled with, or backed up by, anticult organizations or activists.

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