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Review of Evans’ MOVE: An American Religion

“As Evans devastatingly illustrates, an American religion is defined not by its members but by its regulators. The bombing of MOVE’s home at 6621 Osage Avenue is best understood, he argues, “as the secular state preempting ‘illegitimate’ religious violence with ‘legitimate’ state violence.” In short: understanding MOVE as a cult, rather than as a religion, allowed Philadelphia officials to destroy the movement and murder several of its members with impunity. The homes of MOVE’s neighbors were collateral damage in a definitional war of religion.”

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Megan Goodwin

Megan Goodwin

author of _Abusing Religion_, co-host of “Keeping It 101: A Killjoy’s Introduction to Religion Podcast,” and wikipedia-certified expert on (ugh) cults