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Lessons from the Waco Tragedy

Nancy Ammerman, one of the experts consulted by the FBI in the aftermath of the Waco, Texas, Branch Davidian disaster, reviews the culture of the both the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the FBI. In her report, Ammerman says the cultures of these agencies made it difficult for them to access and understand role religion was playing, even when advised by religion experts.  Ammerman explores why religion and good advice were ignored, and makes four proposals on how to prevent similar errors in the future. Read Ammerman's report to the Justice and Treasury Departments Regarding law enforcement interaction with the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas.

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The Congregational Resource Guide (CRG) is an online tool designed to help leaders of all congregations find the right...

Is Pence Right About The Growth of Religion in the US?

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Review rank-ordered data on religion in the U.S. and around the world. Includes the latest data from the Religious Congregations & Membership Study, 2010

 

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