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Title The FBI and religion : faith and national security before and after 9/11 / edited by Sylvester A. Johnson and Steven Weitzman
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 364 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction "true faith and allegiance": religion and the FBI / Sylvester A. Johnson and Steven Weitzman -- American religion and the rise of internal security: a prologue / Kathryn Gin Lum and Lerone Martin -- "If God be for you, who can be against you?": persecution and vindication of the Church of God in Christ during World War I / Theodore Kornweibel, Jr. -- The FBI and the Moorish Science Temple of America, 1926-1960 / Sylvester A. Johnson -- J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI, and the religious cold war / Dianne Kirby -- Apostles of deceit: ecumenism, fundamentalism, surveillance, and the contested loyalties of Protestant clergy during the Cold War / Michael McVicar -- The FBI and the Catholic Church / Regin Schmidt -- Hoover's Judeo-Christians: Jews, religion, and Communism in the Cold War / Sarah Imhoff -- Policing public morality: Hoover's FBI, obscenity, and homosexuality -- The FBI and the Nation of Islam / Karl Evanzz -- Dreams and shadows: Martin Luther King Jr., the FBI, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference / Sylvester A. Johnson -- A vast infiltration: Mormonism and the FBI / Matthew Bowman -- The FBI's "cult war" against the Branch Davidians / Catherine Wessinger -- The FBI and American Muslims after September 11 / Michael Barkun -- Policing Kashmiri Brooklyn / Junaid Rana -- Allies against Armageddon?: the FBI and the academic study of religion / Steven Weitzman
Summary "The Federal Bureau of Investigation has had a long and tortuous relationship with religion over almost the entirety of its existence. As early as 1917, the Bureau began to target religious communities and groups it believed were hotbeds of anti-American politics. Whether these religious communities were pacifist groups that opposed American wars, or religious groups that advocated for white supremacy or direct conflict with the FBI, the Bureau has infiltrated and surveilled religious communities that run the gamut of American religious life. The FBI and Religion recounts this fraught and fascinating history, focusing on key moments in the Bureau's history. Starting from the beginnings of the FBI before World War I, moving through the Civil Rights Movement and the Cold War, up to 9/11 and today, this book tackles questions essential to understanding not only the history of law enforcement and religion, but also the future of religious liberty in America."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-338) and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (ProQuest Ebook Central, viewed March 8, 2019)
Subject United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Law enforcement -- United States -- Religious aspects
Religion and law -- United States
Form Electronic book
Author Johnson, Sylvester A., 1972- editor
Weitzman, Steven, 1965- editor
ISBN 0520962427 (electronic bk.)
9780520962422 (electronic bk.)
(hardcover alkaline paper)
(hardcover alkaline paper)