Tabitha's Place

Susan J. Palmer

in The New Heretics of France

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199735211
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918577 | DOI:
Tabitha's Place

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“Tabitha's Place” is the name of a spiritual community, housed in a beautiful chateau built around 1762, located in the heart of in a tiny village called Sus, near the Atlantic Pyrenees on the Spanish border. The community, also known as the “Tribe of Reuben,” is the French branch of the Twelve Tribes, a communal movement that arose in Tennessee in the 1970s. Since 1998 the families of Tabitha's Place have received regular visits from social workers, who try to convince them to vaccinate their children and send them to public school, warning the parents that the judge might take away their children if they do not comply. In December 1998 a law was passed in the National Assembly to exert greater control over home schooling. All parents who did not conform were liable to fines or imprisonment.

Keywords: Tribe of Reuben; Twelve Tribes; religious movements; religious minorities; parental rights; children

Chapter.  7347 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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