COMMENTARY: 35 years after Jonestown

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(RNS) Even as the Peoples Temple massacre 35 years ago fades into history, Jonestown is a bitter reminder of what happens when people surrender their emotional and moral independence and become spiritual slaves to evil leaders who guarantee salvation, eternal life and utopia either here on earth or in the great beyond.

  • Earold Gunter

    Other than mental illness, religious faith is the only explanation for actions like these, but then perhaps they are synonymous.

  • Mike Ashcraft

    He isn’t listed as the senior interreligious adviser on the American Jewish Committee’s website. If you type his name on their search, the last mention of him there is related to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

  • Larry

    The most obnoxious relic of Jonestown is the constant use of the phrase “Drink the Kool-Aid” to describe people who do not ascribe to the same position as the speaker. Ugh. So hackneyed and run into the ground by people who think they are being clever.

    People who use the phrase are giving a signal to the public, “don’t take me seriously, I am a self-important nutcase”

  • Larry

    I am not sure what your ultimate point here is.

    Interesting thing is, the guy is a major critic of people who try to blur the separation of church and state.

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