Journal Article

Religion and Secrecy After September 11

Michael Barkun

in Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Published on behalf of American Academy of Religion

Volume 74, issue 2, pages 275-301
Published in print June 2006 | ISSN: 0002-7189
Published online April 2006 | e-ISSN: 1477-4585 | DOI:
Religion and Secrecy After September 11

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Security concerns since September 11, 2001 have raised new issues concerning relations between religious communities and government. Many of these involve the perception that religions (especially, at the moment, Islam) may engage in secret, illicit activities beyond the view of others, including the state. The new security environment requires an examination of the related concepts of secrecy and privacy as they apply to religion, as well as the historical record of earlier periods when some American religions such as Catholicism and Mormonism were considered dangerous. Of particular significance has been the 2002 change in Department of Justice guidelines that permits FBI surveillance of religious organizations, which, while presently impacting the Muslim community, presents potentially broad new problems in church-state interaction.

Journal Article.  10019 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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