Extractions: On November 18, 1978 over 900 persons died in Jonestown, Guyana. For twenty years a small group of people have attempted to make the name Jonestown synonymous with Auschwitz. The tragedy of Jonestown is not diminished in the slightest by declaring this to be an inappropriate analogy. Indeed, this linking of one of the most horrible events of the 20ththe systematic annihiliation of Jewswith the tragedy in Guyana presumes that all there is to know about Jonestown is already known. The model of psychopathology and criminality that informs this perspective is most likely wrong and, further, it discourages inquiry that might advance our understanding of this terrible event. It also invites bigotry of the highest order against all new religious movements. On the occasion of this 20th anniversary, three new documents of considerable significance have been added to this page: A petition to the Congressional House Committee on International Relations asking for the declassification of important Jonestown documents. The Petition is important because it calls attention to the unfinished business of seeking a clearer understanding of what really happened in Jonestown. The failure of the government to declassify materials thwarts these efforts and also feeds fuel to conspiracy theories. New Information on Jonestown is found on an important new web site that presents over a hundred original source documents previously unavailable. Using the Freedom of Information Act, Brian Csuk obtained more than 6,000 pages of declassified materials. Over 100 of these documents are now available on his web page and additional documents are being added; and
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Extractions: Jonestown Examining the Peoples Temple Left: Jim Jones with Councilman Lindsay (http://cyberscope.com/deceptor/photos.htm) Right: 914 dead (http://www.pathfinder.com/time/reports/cult/killer2.html) BEFORE YOU SCROLL: We have conceived of the Peoples Temple as a reflective cultural marker. We designed this Web page to emphasize the relationship between the Jonestown cult and the culture out of which it grew. When following our links to other sites, keep this in mind. When following the link to the "Cold War," for example, consider why a new religion such as the Peoples Temple might have emerged as a response to the existing Cold War environment. Ask yourself, "How does this cult reflect and/or react to these more general cultural instances?" It is extremely important, however, to constantly remind yourself of the decontextualizing nature of the Internet. Information exists on the 'Net outside of existing scholarly structures. You must be MORE critical of what you find on the 'Net, always asking, "Who put this here?, Can I be sure of that?, Why did that person put this here?, What did they intend for me to think?, What does this mean?, How am I differently affected by images and texts that I get off a computer screen than those that I find in books or journals?, Can this information from the 'Net be used in good conscience?," and so on. If our attempt at understanding Jonestown as a cultural reflector fails, it will probably be because we were unable to find the right information on the 'Net: we did not have the time to ask enough questions about each link that we have provided. We do not have the computer skill necessary to shorten the topical searches (to find concise information about a specific issue quickly). We freely admit that most of the links provided represent the first interesting site to appear in response to a given keyword search such as "counterculture" in Yahoo, Alta Vista, and cetera.
Extractions: Web posted at: 12:56 p.m. EST (1756 GMT) SAN FRANCISCO (CNN) Twenty years after the world was shocked by the mass murder-suicide in the supposedly utopian community known as Jonestown, the questions linger: How and why did 913 people die? Some believe answers may lie in more than 5,000 pages of information the U.S. government has kept secret. "Twenty years later, it would be nice to know what went down," said J. Gordon Melton, founder and director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion. Time to declassify?
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Extractions: Peoples Temple Christian Church , Jim Jones, Jonestown, Guyana: Jones, influenced by Unitarian Humanism, Father Divine, and Marxism, founded his church in 1977. He later claimed at various times to be God, Buddha, and Lenin. In 1978 at Jones command, 914 people (including Jones) committed suicide or were murdered. The group is now defunct. Source: Watchman Fellowship: Index of Cults and Religions On Nov. 18, 1978, in Jonestown , Guyana, more than 900 members of the Peoples Temple cult, led by Rev. Jim Jones, an American, committed suicide by drinking poisoned punch. The mass suicide immediately followed the murder of Rep. Leo J. Ryan (D-Calif.), who was visiting Guyana to investigate Jonestown and was ambushed along with several others at the Port Kaituma airstrip. Source: Associated Press, Aug. 7, 1985
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Extractions: By Rick Ross On November 18, 1978 912 followers of American cult leader Jim Jones ("Peoples Temple") died in a remote South American jungle compound called "Jonestown" in British Guyana. Some members were shot, others were forced to drink poison, but most willingly participated in what Jones said was an act of "revolutionary suicide." Jim Jones began his ministry in 1953 as an independent minister in Indianapolis, but was later ordained in 1964 by the Disciples of Christ. By the end of 1971 he had moved his congregation to California eventually establishing two churches there. His main church remained in San Francisco, but a second was also opened in Los Angeles. The Peoples Temple peaked during the 70s to include perhaps as many as 8,000 members. Though racially diverse, most of Jones followers were African Americans. Jim Jones was once a popular community activist in San Francisco who contributed cash and coordinated volunteers to support both causes and political leaders. He could turn out thousands for almost any event or effort. During the 70s he appeared with many prominent politicians including then State Assemblyman Willie Brown. In 1976 Mayor George Moscone gave Jones a seat on the San Francisco Housing Authority Commission. Governor Jerry Brown was even seen attending services at the Peoples Temple. But after the tragic deaths at Jonestown Willie Brown said, "If we knew then he was mad, clearly we wouldn't have appeared with him. But it's not fair to say what you would have done if you knew the kind of madness that would take place years later.''
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Extractions: (Redirected from Jonestown mass suicide Server will be down for maintenance on 2004-06-11 from about 18:00 to 18:30 UTC. Jonestown was a town in Guyana established by People's Temple cult leader Jim Jones . It was located about six to eight miles (10 to 12 km) from Port Kaituma (7°44'N 59°53'W). Notoriously, on Jones' direction the inhabitants committed mass suicide in . The group had been formed in Indianapolis, Indiana from the . Under pressure the group had moved to San Francisco and following a report in the New West magazine in Jones leased 4,000 acres (16 km²) of land in Guyana and moved himself and his most devoted followers there. Calling it the People's Temple Agricultural Project they grew food and raised animals. Table of contents 1 Life in Jonestown 2 Mass suicide 3 Bibliography 4 External links ... edit When accounts of child abuse, false miracles, and various problems within The People's Temple surfaced, their leader Jim Jones took his followers to a jungle north-west of Georgetown, Guyana
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Extractions: By Tim Reiterman Oakland On a grassy slope in Oakland, more than 400 take their final rest, mostly children who were unclaimed or unidentified. And across San Francisco Bay, a U.S. congressman is buried in a national cemetery not far from a park that bears his name. Their lives converged 25 years ago Tuesday in a South American jungle clearing that has come to symbolize the worst that organized religion, cults and madness can reap. "The people of Jonestown were a precious people, family people," the Rev. Jynona Norwood, who lost 27 relatives in Jonestown, told mourners in Oakland. "It is an injustice when people say they were unintelligent.... They had a natural desire for a better life for themselves and their children." Jungle reclaimed Jonestown years ago. But even now I can see them together in the open-air pavilion there - Rep. Leo Ryan (D-San Mateo) on stage, microphone in hand, addressing a rainbow of Peoples Temple members from the heartland, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Taking their cues from the Rev. Jim Jones, they applauded Ryan on the opening night of his mission to find whether the settlement was the brutal work camp described by escapees or the utopia extolled by supporters. Within 24 hours, virtually all would be dead. Ryan was shot to death on a nearby airstrip, along with a church defector and three of my fellow newsmen. Then the temple members were killed at the pavilion in a ritual of mass suicide and murder. The final toll: 913.
Extractions: William H. Swatos, Jr. Editor Table of Contents Cover Page Editors Contributors ... Web Version PEOPLES TEMPLE The Peoples Temple is most well known for the tragedy at Jonestown, Guyana, that took the lives of over 900 Americans in 1978. Started by the Rev. Jim Jones in the mid-1950s, the People's Temple migrated from Indiana to Ukiah, a small town north of San Francisco in the mid-1960s, and a few years later established a larger church in San Francisco. The Peoples Temple was unusual in that, even when it began in the still-segregated 1950s, it actively and successfully encouraged integration in its congregation. In the mid-1970s, spurred by conflicts with local government officials and concerned relatives of members, a group from the church formed a settlement in the jungle of the Northwest District of Guyana that was soon after known as Jonestown. The membership of the Peoples Temple differed from that of most new religious movements of the 1960s and 1970s in several key ways. During this period in the United States, most members of new religious movements were young, white, middle class, and relatively well educated. The origins of the Peoples Temple were in the Christian Church, mainly in Pentecostalism. Its membership was predominantly black and working-and lower-class white. It included a number of elderly members and had a middle-class, educated, white elite. The Peoples Temple provided a wide range of social services for its needy members and tried to promote sweeping social reform, then decided to withdraw from U.S. society when it was clear that reform was not working (Weightman 1989).
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Extractions: Timeline Jim Jones becomes a Student Pastor at a Methodist Church. He preaches racial equality. The Peoples Temple is founded in Indianapolis as an integrated church combining evangelical, enthusiastic religion and loosely socialist politics. Jim Jones, the founder and pastor of the church, performs healings that attract many members. The congregation is predominately black. Jim Jones is appointed director of the Indianapolis human rights commission The Peoples Temple Full Gospel Church, as it came to be called, becomes a part of the Disciples of Christ. Jones is ordained by that denomination in 1964. Jones moves the Temple's headquarters to Ukiah, California, a city near San Francisco which he thought would be a safe haven in case of a nuclear war. The Peoples Temple attracts more members and much favorable coverage in the press and from the political establishment as the Temple and Jones himself become more active in the community. Jones is even appointed to the San Francisco Housing Authority. Jones and his staff start planning a migration to their "promised land."
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Extractions: to promote a multidisciplinary view of the religious, spiritual and esoteric phenomena. About Us Links Search Contact ... Back to New Religious... Religion sections World Religions New R. Groups Ancient Religions Spirituality ... Extremism Science sections Archaeology Astronomy Linguistics Mathematics ... Contact Please, help us sustain this free site online. Make a donation using Paypal: Martin Heidegger theorized that cultural truths are revealed only when specific cultural manifestations cease to work properly. He called this concept "breakdown." The larger meanings of culture itself, according to this understanding, are primarily invisible to those within culture until part of it breaks down. An aberrant occurrence or anomaly, as referred to by Mary Douglas, represents such a breakdown. In turn, the development of new religions and cults exemplify Douglas's idea of anomaly. The Peoples Temple cult, and specifically the mass suicide of so many of its members, represents an anomaly, and therefore a breakdown, in the culture of mid-twentieth century America. An examination of the development and eventual self-destruction of the Peoples Temple should shed light on that culture. The Jonestown cult was born of that culture and in turn reflects back upon it, that is, the Peoples Temple was effected (created) by mainstream American culture of its time and in turn affected that same culture.
Extractions: 415-357-1848, website: http://www.calhist.org . Hours the library is open: Wednesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The North Baker Research Library of the California Historical Society maintains the Peoples Temple Archives. The archives comprise five collections of documents that are referenced by box and file number: MS 3800 Peoples Temple Archive : 130 boxes, descriptive guide
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Extractions: Google News about your search term The People's Temple was a cult that is best known for a mass suicide at Jonestown on November 18 . The Temple was founded in , at Indianapolis, Indiana by Reverend Jim Jones and it was at the time a group advocating and aiding social justice. In Indianapolis, and at the California cities of Ukiah San Francisco , and Los Angeles , where Jones extended new branches of his church, they earned a good reputation for aiding the cities' poorest citizens, especially racial minorities, drug addicts, and the homeless. Soup kitchens, day care centers, and medical clinics for elderly people were set up, along with counseling programs for prostitutes and drug addicts that want to change their lives. Then disturbing accounts began to spring up, told by a few people who had succeeded in leaving the cult . Jones was stealing from his followers, faked the miracle healings, was punishing the members severely and now considered himself the new Messiah By now, journalists, law enforcement officials, and politicians were showing interest in Jones' group. Jim Jones reacted with frequent long and angry speeches, where he claimed that the defectors lied, and the outside world was trying to destroy them. At the time, more former members told of beatings and abuse within the People's Temple, and relatives of members insisted that members were being forced to remain there against their will.
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Extractions: 517 words) Fragile millennial group members usually believe that they are being persecuted by opponents in outside society. These opponents may be law enforcement agents, government agents and agencies, news reporters, apostates, concerned family members, and anticultists. The cultural opposition (Hall 1995) may indeed be present, but the radical dualistic worldview of catastrophic millennial groups, which sees good battling evil and which translates into a sense of us vs. them, amplifies the magnitude of any degree of opposition in the minds of the believers. When the members of a fragile millennial group become convinced that they are failing to achieve their ultimate concern, they might resort to violence to preserve their religious goal. They might direct their violence outwardly to kill enemies or inwardly to commit murders and group suicide. Often the violence is directed both outwardly and inwardly. Catherine Wessinger Loyola University, New Orleans Hall, John R. 1987. Gone From the Promised Land: Jonestown in American Cultural History New Brunswick: Transaction Books.
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Extractions: Cult general Mass Suicides Timeline March 22, 1997 in St. Casimir, Quebec, five members of the Order of the Solar Temple die in a fiery mass suicide. Cult devotees believe suicide transports them to a new life on a planet called Sirius. Over the past three years, murder-suicides by Temple followers have resulted in 74 deaths in Europe and Canada. April 19, 1993 Branch Davidian leader David Koresh and 80 followers including 18 children died by fire or gunfire, six hours after the FBI started filling their cult compound near Waco, Texas, with tear gas. The government called the deaths a mass suicide in fires set by cult members after a 51-day armed standoff.