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Sylvester A. Johnson and Steven Weitzman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520287273

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520287273.001.0001

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“True Faith and Allegiance”—Religion and the FBI

“True Faith and Allegiance”—Religion and the FBI

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(p.1) Introduction “True Faith and Allegiance”—Religion and the FBI
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FBI and Religion
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Sylvester A. Johnson

Steven Weitzman

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520287273.003.0001

This chapter explains on how the FBI’s relationship with various American religious groups complicates the typical category of religion-and-state issues. It begins with the post-9/11 era then relates the long history of the FBI engaging with religion. The chapter explains how the bureau has practiced skepticism toward religion at times while also seeking an alliance with religion at other times. The chapter argues for the importance of situating the post-9/11 era within a longer history of the FBI’s interaction with America’s religious communities.

Keywords:   National security, 9/11, American Islam

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