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Anti-National Religious Organization Movement.

An antimissionary. and antibenevolent movement that arose in the US ca. 1820 and was supported by Baps. (e.g., A. Campbell*), Freethinkers, Universalists, Ref. Meths., Unitarians, and others. The basic motive for the movement was the fear that religious authority would be concentrated as a result of the various undenominational benevolent associations and thus the separation of ch. and state be obliterated.

G. P. Albaugh, “Anti-missionary Movement in the United States,” An Encyclopedia of Religion, ed. V. Ferm (New York, 1945), pp. 27–28.

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