The Campus Sanctuary Movement

  • Glenn M. RickettsEmail author

As traditional places of refuge for various unfortunates, fugitives, or miscreants fleeing the constable, sanctuaries carry an ancient and sacred pedigree: The word derives from sanctus, the Latin adjective for holy. As precincts of the gods, temples, shrines, and churches were inviolable, and shielded almost anyone who fled to their protection. A centuries-long feature of Greco-Roman civilization, the practice lived on in the Christian churches which replaced pagan temples, and endured into the early seventeenth century. An updated version emerged in the United States prior to the Civil War, when the Underground Railroad and organized citizens’ groups provided shelter and safe passage for escaped slaves. More recently, during the 1980s, numerous mainstream churches and religious organizations defied federal immigration authorities and offered sanctuary to unauthorized refugees fleeing factional violence in El Salvador and Guatemala. Following the surprise election of Republican...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Raritan Valley Community CollegeNorth BranchUSA

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